COUNTING On star Jessa Duggar revealed her son Henry’s speech is improving after having some “delays.”
The 27-year-old mother shares sons Henry, 3, and Spurgeon, 4, and daughter Ivy, 13 months, with husband Ben Seewald, 25.
Ahead of Tuesday’s season 11 premiere of Counting On, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s daughter gave fans an update on her son’s vocal communication improvements.
Jessa told Us Weekly: “Henry had had some speech delays.
“He wasn’t really talking when he turned 2, but you’ll see some of that speech journey of his this season and just how he’s developing and growing.
“We’re very thankful that he’s back on track."
She continued: “[It’s a] huge encouragement for us as parents, because we were nervous for quite a while, [thinking], ‘I guess you’re going to catch up.’
“He had an evaluation when he turned three, and so that’s exciting.”
Counting On fans first learned about Henry’s speech issues in a November episode of the TLC series, in which Jessa revealed her son had “not been really catching on” and was not developing as quickly as her eldest child.
She revealed: “We realize that each kid develops at their own pace.
“…[But] he’s not really able to talk and communicate what he wants.
“A lot of the times, it’s just grunts and pointing and that kind of thing.”
Jessa continued: “Developmentally, he’s not behind.
“He’s on track with where he should be. It just seems to be a speech issue.”
The doctor told Henry’s parents that he didn’t have any hearing loss and recommended that they “see a speech pathologist and go from there.”
Who is Jessa Seewald and how many children does she have?Who is Jessa Seewald and how many children does she have?
JESSA Seewald, 27, is a cast member on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting and Counting on.
She was formerly Jessa Duggar before she married her husband Ben.
Jessa and Ben Seewald have been married since 2014. Ben works as a handyman and a sometimes-preacher, according to a report.
Jessa and her husband Ben share three children, Spurgeon, 4, Henry, 3, and Ivy, 1.
The Duggar family shot to fame in 2008 when the network premiered 19 Kids and Counting, which was on the air for seven years before it was canceled in 2015.
As for Spurgeon, Jessa told the outlet that he’s “really just taken off [and] he has a great imagination.”
Ben added that both of their sons have “been potty training, [and] Spurgeon is mostly, mostly there.”
Fans recently slammed Jessa for letting her growing-but-still-young children use a huge knife in a video she posted on social media recently.
Followers said they were “so nervous,” thinking that the kids were “a little too young to be using that knife.”
While the boys are making strides in their development, Jessa and Ben’s youngest child, daughter Ivy, is focused on milestones of her own and is “not only walking, she’s running.”
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Jessa revealed her 13-month-old is also “saying new words every day.”
The reality star shared: “She loves to say food words because she’s very interested in food now. She loves all kinds of foods.”
Counting On premieres season 11 on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on TLC.