Duggar Digest: Jill Dillard has a baby shower, Ben Seewald raises eyebrows at Jessa Seewald’s speaking event


On tonight’s episode of 19 Kids and Counting, “Jessa and Ben register for gifts, but Ben is distracted by toys and candy.” Jessa and Ben also join two of her younger siblings for a workout while Jill and Jana make a Nepalese meal for Derick.

In real-time, the Duggar family is doing their best to ignore last week’s controversies while staying busy.

Jessa Seewald at the Southern Women’s Show.

Jessa Seewald Southern Women's Conference

Jessa kicked off the first of her three Southern Women’s Show engagements on Saturday in Savannah, Georgia. Although promotions for the event made it sound like she would be alone, she was actually joined on stage by her husband, Ben Seewald.

I haven’t seen official recaps or videos from the event, but one person who said she attended dished a bit on Free Jinger about the awkward moment when the interviewer asked Ben what he does.

“He responded, ‘Do you mean for work?’ and she said yes,” the insider said. “Then he mumbled some stuff about working for Jim Bob before saying he was, of course, touring with Jessa right now because he didn’t want to send her off alone by herself.”

Jill Dillard has a baby shower and celebrates Derick Dillard’s birthday.

Pregnant Jill Dillard with Derick's Mom

With just two weeks to go until her due date, Jill and husband Derick celebrated the end of her pregnancy by having a second baby shower at Olive Garden.

“Thank you @OliveGarden and Derick’s church family for the baby shower today! We were so blessed,” Jill said on Instagram. (Where she and Derick are still getting negative comments for last week’s cat incident.)

A photo posted by Jill Dillard (@jillmdillard) on

The day before, the couple celebrated Derick’s 26th birthday with family — including his mom, Cathy Dillard-Byrum, who is in remission from cancer.

Jill Dillard and Derick Dillard's Birthday

“We had a great time tonight celebrating Derick’s 26th birthday a couple of days early,” Michelle said on Facebook. “It is really amazing when your baby girl is getting ready to have her own ‘birth’ day!”

Jill also offered a peek at two of the gifts Derick got: a baby owner’s manual and instructive onesie.

We love these baby gifts @derickdillard got for his birthday! 🙂 So fun! #babydilly

A photo posted by Jill Dillard (@jillmdillard) on

The Duggars update their family website.

Now that the Duggars are embracing the Internet and social media, it was time for them to revamp their family website. The new version features thorough bios on all of the Duggar kids, including their favorite foods and future goals… It’s nice to see 9-year-old Jennifer wants to become a doctor!

The new episode of 19 Kids and Counting premieres on TLC tonight at 9/8c.

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