Pregnancy and Birth
On April 21, 2015, Jessa Seewald announced via Twitter that she and Ben were expecting a their first child, who was due November 1, 2015.
On June 17, 2015, the couple posted an update on their blog, saying, "Baby Seewald is growing steadily and Mommy has been feeling some little, yet strong, kicks! We recently had an ultrasound, but aren't revealing our firstborn's gender yet. Can't wait to welcome this blessing from God into the world!"
The couple teased the sex of their child many times across social media, even including a poll where fans could vote on what they thought the baby would be. Although fans voted that the baby would be a girl, Ben and Jessa ultimately decided not to announce the baby's sex in advance.
On November 5, 2015, Jessa gave birth to her first son, a baby boy. He weighed 9 pounds and 11 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.
On November 11, 2015, Ben and Jessa announced that they had named their son Spurgeon Elliot Seewald. Spurgeon's first name was in honor of Charles Spurgeon, a nineteenth-century British preacher. His middle name was in honor of late missionaries Jim and Elisabeth Elliot. "One guy that has really impacted my life is a great preacher of the past, Charles Haddon Spurgeon," Ben said when announcing his son's name. Jessa added, "We want to give him a strong name, with a lot of meaning."
At the time that his parents announced their pregnancy, they were still the subject of the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting. In the wake of scandals involving his mother's older brother, this show was canceled while his mother was pregnant with him. Due to the fact that this cancellation was unexpected, it's likely that footage related to Spurgeon was filmed. This footage was never aired.
About a month after he was born, the show Jill & Jessa: Counting On premiered on TLC. The first season of the show features his baby shower and the final months of pregnancy. The season finale, "Counting One More", which first aired on December 27, 2015, featured Spurgeon's birth. Spurgeon has been featured on the show regularly since then.
- "Counting One More." Jill & Jessa: Counting On. TLC. Silver Spring. 27 Dec. 2015. Television.