‘Counting On’: Fans Are Worried That Jill Duggar Isn’t Enjoying Motherhood

Fans had long assumed that Jill Duggar would be the Duggar daughter to follow the closest in Michelle’s footsteps. Long-time viewers of the family’s reality shows, 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On, picked Jill out as the golden child. Now, five years into marriage, the 28-year-old influencer has two young children but doesn’t appear to be getting pregnant again anytime soon. Some fans believe that Jill is finding motherhood to be a bit more monotonous than she likely thought it would be.

Fans point to Jill’s Instagram as proof that she’s not enjoying motherhood

Jill is a pretty prolific Instagram poster. She sort-of has to be. The influencer career she’s developed appears to be the only source of income for her and her husband, Derick Dillard. Between the sponsored posts, fans have noticed that the mother of two’s interactions with her children seem a bit stiff.

Reddit users strongly believe that Jill might not be enjoying motherhood, or, at the very least, is finding it challenging. Fans note that if Jill is struggling with feelings of discontent, she would be unlikely to voice them. The Duggar family strongly believes in “keeping sweet.”

“Keeping sweet” is a common concept in ultra-religious communities. The term means that a woman will remain unwavering in her love and support, regardless of her feelings, at least in public. Michelle Duggar has long stated that she and her husband, Jim Bob, adhere to the concept of praising each other publicly while correcting each other in private.

Finances might play a role in Jill’ dissatisfaction

While Jill seems a bit worn down by the monotony of motherhood, there could be outside influences affecting her demeanor. It’s been confirmed that Jill and Derick share a single car, leaving Jill likely stranded at home for much of the day.

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She is also the sole breadwinner in her household, with Derick currently enrolled in law school. The financial burden combined with being cooped up with two small children would take a toll on anyone, regardless of how much they’ve been trained to think it’s their job to keep the house and raise the children.

Fans have asked the family about their finances in the past. Derick insists that they simply budget appropriately to enjoy a comfortable life. Fans, however, are not buying it, and Jill may be starting to crack under the pressure.

Two rough deliveries may be the reason Jill and Derick aren’t adding to their family

Jill seemingly breezed through her pregnancies, but delivery was an entirely different story. During her first delivery, Jill was rushed to the hospital for an emergency c-section after she attempted a homebirth. Isreal arrived safely into the world, but the c-section seemingly thwarted Jill’s plans to birth her children at home.

When she became pregnant with her second child less than two years after Israel’s arrival, fans were concerned. According to Baby Center, doctors recommend waiting around two years before trying to conceive again after a c-section.  In July 2017, the couple welcomed their second son, Samuel. Samuel’s delivery was similarly turbulent, and he required a lengthy stay in the NICU. Jill once again attempted a homebirth.

No further pregnancies have been announced. Rumors have swirled that Sam’s delivery may have rendered Jill incapable of carrying another pregnancy. Some fans, however, simply think the couple is done having children after figuring out life with two toddlers isn’t exactly a walk in the park.