Derrick and Jill Dillard have had their third child, a son they named “Freddy” Frederick Michael Dillard.
A family blog post headlined “The Newest Member Of Our Family Has Just Arrived!” shared the joyous news on Monday. According to the 31-year-old Duggar, Freddy’s birthdate is July 7 and his birth weight is 7 pounds, 6 ounces.
Duggar’s faith and Dillard’s own name and family background influenced the choice of Frederick.
Frederick is known as the “Peaceful Ruler,” while Michael is known as the “Gift from God,” according to a note from Jill Duggar.
Because it is a mash-up of Derick and Frederick, it is affectionately known as “Frederick,” she explained. Additionally, the name Derick was developed as a version of his late father Rick’s name by adding ‘de’ to the front of Rick and spelling it “de-rick,” which translates to “son of (de) Rick,” by his parents.
When we came to a decision on Frederick, we were thrilled to be able to include both Derick’s and his father’s names by simply adding ‘Fre’ to Derick’s name.”
Originally, Duggar revealed that Freddy will arrive “later in July”. So, we had our planned C-section earlier than expected since he decided he wanted to arrive early (the day before big brother Samuel’s birthday!),” Duggar added. The post confirmed that both mother and child are in good health.
In February, the couple posted the news of their third pregnancy on their family blog for the first time. Because of the miscarriage that led to Freddy’s conception, he is known as the “rainbow baby.”
A year after the death of their miscarried baby River Bliss “we have prayed that God will bless us with another baby,” they wrote in an open letter.
It is with great joy that we announce the impending arrival of our rainbow baby, due in July 2022!
Israel David, 7, and Samuel Scott, 5, are the other two children of Jim Bob and Jill Dillard.