Jill Duggar Learns That Being a Big Sister Doesn't Make You a Mom

jill duggar michelle duggarNew mom Jill Duggar is experiencing plenty of firsts with her son, Israel David. But it's not secret, especially to fans of 19 Kids and Counting, that this is not the first baby Mrs. Derick Dillard has helped raise. Jill has helped to bring up her younger siblings, but one thing's for sure: Motherhood is way different.


The first-time mom recently revealed that while she knows plenty about raising kids -- she's even a midwife-in-training, so she knows about delivering them, too -- parenting your own child is worlds different.

"There are a lot of things that seem different than I thought they would be," Jill tells PEOPLE. "I have just asked my mom a lot of questions about what is normal and what to expect."

Good thing Michelle has plenty of experience and is there to help out her second-oldest daughter.

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"I call out to my mom and ask things like, 'Is this feeling normal?' and 'How long should I nurse?'" Jill adds. "Israel's a little boy, he will eat all the time, so I was asking if 20 minutes a feeding was long enough ot too much, and how all of this should go."

It's no secret that motherhood is entirely different from sisterhood. Parenting your own child, with all the added responsibility, requirements, time, and effort, is not like helping raise your siblings. You can help your siblings learn to ride a bike or even drive a car, but Mom is there to discipline and often, to teach the major life lessons.

Even Jill -- with all her sibling raising experience -- still has questions. For all the new moms out there, it's a lesson not to be discouraged. You may think you know about what it's like to raise a child -- maybe you've been especially involved in your younger siblings' upbringings -- but parenting your own is undoubtedly different. And certainly special in its own way.

There are questions and confusing moments for every new mom, but knowing that we're all going through the same moments is good news for everyone.

How did you realize parenting was different than helping with your siblings?



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