Jill Duggar has baby shower ahead 3rd baby's birth with family missing

Pregnant Jill Duggar celebrates the upcoming arrival of her third child at sweet baby shower thrown by black sheep cousin Amy (but there’s NO sign of her mom Michelle or her sisters)

  • The 31-year-old former reality star is currently expecting her third son with husband Derick Dillard, 33
  • She shared images from her intimate baby shower, which was hosted by her most outspoken relative, cousin Amy Duggar King, 35
  • The photos did not feature any of Jill’s sisters, nor was her mother Michelle, 55, pictured at the event amid ongoing tensions between the family 
  • Derick and Jill have been very outspoken about their upset with her relatives, particularly her father, Jim Bob, 56
  • Court documents from a 2017 lawsuit filed by Jill and three of her sisters, which were unsealed last month, reveal she branded her dad ‘abusive’ and ‘controlling’
  • The documents pertained to a lawsuit filed against those who released a police report that detailed how brother Josh sexually abused his sisters

Pregnant Jill Duggar celebrated the forthcoming arrival of her third shower at an intimate baby shower hosted by her nearest and dearest – but neglected to invite her mother or any of her siblings amid ongoing tensions between the relatives.  

The sweet celebration was hosted at the home of the 19 Kids And Counting star’s cousin, Amy Duggar King, however, it appears her parents Jim Bob and Michelle weren’t at the event – and neither were some of the 31-year-old’s sisters including Jana, Jessa, Joy-Anna, and Jinger.

The mother-of-two gave Counting On fans a glimpse into the special day on Facebook as she shared a selection of images which showcased the decorations and gifts she received.

Celebration time: Jill Duggar shares images from her baby shower with fans on Monday

Family favor: The event was held at the home of Jill’s outspoken cousin Amy Duggar King

Jill opted for a floral print top and a white tiered skirt for the event, which saw Amy’s house decorated in a white, green and gold color scheme.

An arch of white, green and pale pink balloons was placed in the living room while gold balloons spelling out ‘OH BABY’ were seen in the kitchen.

Jill – who shares sons Israel David, six, and Samuel Scott, four, with her husband Derick Dillard – shared a message of thanks as she wrote: ‘I feel so loved and more prepared now for baby boy with all the gifts, prayers & blessings by friends and family (+ several who couldn’t attend the party in person) who showered us this weekend in anticipation of our little man’s arrival next month!’

Though she didn’t elaborate further on which loved ones couldn’t attend, Jill took the time to thank Amy for organizing the celebration as she continued: ‘Special thanks to the hosts: my MIL Cathy Dillard Byrum my SIL Deena Dillard my cousin Amy Rachelle King & my Aunt Deanna Duggar!’ 

The noted absences come weeks after Jill herself had been missing from a sibling reunion which took place in Santa Monica earlier this month.

Sisters Jinger, Jessa, Jana and Jennifer had publicly ventured out together for first time since their disgraced older brother Josh Duggar was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in federal prison on child pornography charges.

Jill and Derick, 33, spoke out after Josh was sentenced in May with a statement which read: ‘The Bible clearly states that God effects justice and vengeance through the governing authorities.

‘Though some believe Josh should have received a greater sentence and still fewer believe he should have received a lighter sentence, God has carried out his vengeance today for his unspeakable criminal activity.’

The pair claimed that ‘until now, [Josh] has yet to be held accountable to the extent necessary to cause change in his dangerous pattern of behavior,’ and that ‘it seems that it may take spending over a decade in federal prison, and still more on probation, for Josh to have any potential for rehabilitation to the point he can safely live in society again.’

The statement continued: ‘Hopefully, Josh can actually begin to get treatment and begin to work toward a lifestyle where he is less likely to reoffend. If for nothing else, the notoriety of this case has hopefully contributed to the deterrence of potential offenders and will help protect children by decreasing the demand for’ child pornography.

‘We are neither rejoicing nor disappointed by the sentence, but we are thankful it’s finally over.’

The couple ended their statement in saying that they ‘continue to love Josh and his family and will be there for them however we can.’

Jill’s fraught relationship with her family was also brought to light last month when court documents from a 2017 lawsuit filed by the mom-of-two and three of her sisters against those people responsible for releasing a police report detailing how her brother Josh abused them were released to the public. 

In the documents, Jill spoke out about her ‘toxic’ relationship with her father Jim Bob, 56, whom she branded ‘verbally abusive’ and ‘controlling’. 

Expanding their family: Jill already shares sons Israel David, six, and Samuel Scott, four, with her husband Derick Dillard

Couldn’t make it: It appears some of Jill’s sisters were not in attendance

Family reunion: Jill had notably been missing from a sibling reunion which took place in Santa Monica earlier this month

Jill, the fourth-oldest of 19 siblings, made the negative assessment in court documents including a deposition that were obtained by The Sun. 

The soon-to-be mom-of-three also revealed that ‘issues’ with her family sent her to counseling, and she has had limited contact with Jim Bob for years. 

‘I saw a whole new side to my dad once my husband and I started making decisions that were best for our family, but not in his best interest,’ she said during a Preliminary Psychological Opinion by Robert Wynne.

‘Sadly, I realized he had become pretty controlling, fearful, and reactionary. He was verbally abusive. Our relationship is not good. It got pretty toxic.’

Meanwhile, convicted pedophile Josh’s outspoken cousin Amy has also spoken out against her family on a number of occasions – most recently when she issued a statement about her pedophile cousin in which she implied she hoped that prisoners would beat up Josh in jail.

In a video on her Instagram page, the 35-year-old said: ‘He cannot have his computer, he cannot hurt, exploit any more children and when he sees his kids, he has to be supervised. And honestly, where he’s going, I feel like the prisoners are just gonna take care of him.’

Criminal: Josh Duggar was found guilty in the Western District of Arkansas Federal Court in Fayetteville, Arkansas in connection with possessing and receiving child pornography last December 

King continued on saying that she feels as though the issues involving Duggar are not over. She said that her cousin’s ‘sickness stems from somewhere, and eventually we will hear about the trauma… Eventually I think more will come out.

‘But hopefully tonight, I can sleep for the first time ever and rest assure that another monster will be put behind bars makes my heart feel a little lighter.’

King, who occasionally appeared on 19 Kids and Counting, including a story arc where she tried to make it in the music industry in Nashville, is the owner of the clothing brand 3130 Clothing. When Josh married his wife, Anna, in 2008, King served as a flower girl.

King has been married to husband Dillon King since 2015. The couple has one son, Daxton.

Shocking: The disgraced reality TV star was found guilty on two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography after investigators traced a trove of the disturbing material on his work computer in an evidence photo

Keeping watch: Jurors during the trial heard testimony that Josh and Anna, pictured with six of their seven young children, subscribed to a service in 2013 called Covenant Eyes that monitors adult internet use and would report ‘objectionable material’ to Anna

Duggar has been in custody since December when a federal jury found the 19 Kids and Counting alum guilty of possession and receipt of child pornography.

‘The images were some of the worst that this court has ever encountered,’ Judge Brooks told Duggar, as his wife Anna, 33, sat a few yards behind him in the public gallery during May’s hearing.

Prior to the sentencing, Michelle wrote a letter of support for her son that asked for leniency in consideration of his ‘tender heart,’ with Michelle adding that Josh ‘is compassionate toward others.’ 

She also requested that Josh be ‘reunited with his wife and family in a timely manner.’

Famous family: The Duggar family’s life was documented on TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting from 2008 to 2015

Elsewhere, Josh’s wife Anna called her husband a ‘loving, supportive and caring father’ in her own letter to Judge Brooks.

The court heard in December how the dad-of-seven used the desktop computer at his car dealership to trawl the dark web for hundreds of warped films and photos. Duggar’s trove of child porn was described as ‘the sickest of the sickest.’

He told Duggar that his crimes were exacerbated by the ‘sadistic’ nature of the abuse, the ages of the kids involved and his refusal to accept his guilt.

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