Jessa and Ben are due to become proud parents around the time of their first wedding anniversary, which happens to be November 1. The happy couple enjoyed an outing with Michelle Duggar, Jill Dillard and baby Israel in New York City. In a recent update of photos Jessa and Ben were spotted outside the Staten Island Ferry terminal. It was great that this little reunion occurred in New York instead of meeting up in Arkansas, it sure looks like they all had a great time being together.
The family met up in New York because that is where TLC is filming the special about child abuse, “Breaking the Silence”. TLC says that this special documentary was inspired by the Duggar family’s tragic past and wants to help other children know there are ways to get help, learn how to be aware and that there are avenues to influence legislation regarding sexual abuse of children.
TLC has been working with the anti-abuse organizations RAINN and Darkness to Light in creating the upcoming documentary. Darkness to Light stated on their website that Jill and Jessa will both be featured in a training session in New York City as well as cover many child abuse survivor stories. This special will air on TLC on August 30 at 10:00 p.m. EST.
The latest news covers Jessa’s relaxed dress code. It seems that her cover shirts and long floor length skirts have gone the wayside since she became pregnant. Jessa, who has always dressed very modestly, has started wearing tighter fitting tops to accentuate her growing baby bump. The family dress code created by Jessa’s parents, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar included a rule against wearing clothes that were too tight. Some critics wonder why the modest dress code is satisfactory unless one of the Duggar girls is pregnant, and then most of the rules regarding appearance get thrown out the window.
Jessa definitely is a rebel in her own way. She is now wearing tighter tops, shorter skirts, has been seen wearing pants and shorts too. Jessa was one of the sisters who authored the book “Growing Up Duggar” and an excerpt in the book stated that; “We realize that our body is a special gift from God and that He intends for it to be shared only with our future husband… We avoid low-cut, cleavage-showing, gaping, or bare-shouldered tops; and when needed, we wear an undershirt. We try to make it a habit to always cover the top of our shirt with our hand when we bend over. We don’t want to play the peek-a-boo game with our neckline.”
Now the attention is being drawn away from her face and drawing all the attention to her growing belly. The way Jessa has been dressing is still stylish for a girl her age. It would be hard to show off her pregnancy to adoring fans if she kept everything covered up that no one would be able to tell how far along she is at the present time. Some feel the change in style is a good thing. She is young, active, and beautiful and should be able to dress to make herself look attractive instead of frumpy and old-fashioned.
Now that she is married and pregnant, she’ll be creating a set of rules for her own family. Some rules may still be the same as those she grew up following, others may be totally different and a few may be eliminated altogether. Their family rules will be made by Jessa and Ben and even though Jessa’s parents can still speak their mind on the subject, give advice and share how they feel about certain garments they no longer can be in total charge of their married daughter on all aspects of her life now that she is her own woman.
Could it be that Jessa hasn’t had the time or extra income to purchase the traditional maternity outfits? Is Jessa trying to make a point about her clothing look and style? Maybe she just wants to share her pregnancy progress while still covering up without hiding the baby she is proud to be carrying. Whatever the reason for the change, fans are thrilled to be able to see her progress, enjoy the colors and different outfits she is now wearing and look forward to the day the baby is born and learning whether the child is male or female.
Fans have now gotten the latest glimpse of how her pregnancy has developed and even though she still looks fit, healthy and has retained her relatively small stature. Fans were so thrilled to hear the news when it was announced back in April. Jessa was preparing smoothies for Ben and joked around saying; “You know, pretty soon we’ll be making another little smoothie”. Ben responded back saying; “Yeah, maybe more than one!” In recent photos everyone can see that her baby bump has really popped. So much so that in one photo that was posted to Instagram showing them traveling on the ferry Jessa joked saying; “LOL! It’s that point in your pregnancy where your belly button starts to act like a pop-up turkey timer!”
Jessa and Ben have also made guessing the baby’s gender fun for fans. On their website page, The Seewald Family blog page they have set up a poll for anyone who wants to participate. They are curious to see how accurate their fans guesses will be as to whether they are having a boy, a girl, twin boys, twin girls or twins consisting of a boy and a girl. So far the post has received 34.9 thousand likes and 3,841 comments. Have you placed your vote yet as to which gender and how many children Jessa is currently carrying? Do you think the stock has more than one special delivery in the delivery room for Jessa and Ben to love and care for as their November due date nears?