Mark your calendars! Jill Duggar has yet to go into labor — she is currently one week overdue — but that hasn’t stopped TLC from announcing the premiere date of two special, baby-themed episodes of "19 Kids and Counting."
TLC has revealed that Jill’s “highly-anticipated birth” will be “celebrated” on a two-hour “19 Kids and Counting” special Tuesday, May 5. The network has confirmed the episode will feature Jill’s mom, Michelle Duggar, doling out her “best motherly advice.” The program will also reportedly touch on the highly-anticipated arrival of Jill and her husband Derick Dillard’s first-born.
On Monday, May 4, ahead of the 120 minute installment, the network will air a special look back at all of the Duggar births on the series to date. “Revisit the every-growing Duggar family with a special loopback at all of the '19 Kids and Counting' births to date,” the network announced Monday.
The baby-themed installments will air during Mother’s Day week as part of the network’s “The Mother of All Weeks” promotion. Also included in the May 3-10 lineup are motherly-themed episodes of “Long Island Medium,” “Outrageous Births: Tale From The Crib”and “I Still Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant.” On Mother’s Day, one-hour specials of “Kate Plus 8,” “Leah Remini: It’s All Relative” and “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” will premiere.
"TLC has long featured families who make the extraordinary look easy. From large broods to even larger personalities, and without any limitations getting in the way, these women have shown why moms are the heartbeat of any household," Nancy Daniels, TLC’s general manager, said in a statement. “Mother Of All Weeks is our celebration of all things mom -- from the traditional to the unexpected, from the funny to the stunning, being a mom is amazing, and all moms deserve something bigger than just one day."
Jill allowing her mom to discuss her son’s impending arrival on the show doesn’t come as a shock. She has allowed TLC’s cameras to capture many intimate moments throughout her pregnancy in recent months. During the series’ Season 9 premiere in February, the show featured her pregnancy announcement. Since then, Jill's midwife appointments and ultrasounds have also been shown on the show.
Jill initially told fans she was scheduled to deliver her son on March 24. Recently, she has revised her due date, revealing she believes he will make his debut closer to April 5. “Planning on the baby coming late, no big deal. If you have that in your head that way, you won’t get discouraged,” Jill told People Magazine of her son’s late arrival.
On Tuesday, Jill updated her fans on Instagram, revealing she has been studying the Bible to help guide her during her delivery. “I was encouraged by this verse in my Bible study time this morning, ‘Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all of your who wait for the Lord!” she wrote. “[It] will be a good reminder when labor comes!”
The next episode of “19 Kids and Counting” will feature Jill’s sister Jessa’s wedding to Ben Seewald. The episode airs Tuesday at a special time, 8 p.m. EDT, on TLC. Click here to check out a sneak preview.