Jessa Seawald, Ben Seawald, Duggar, People


The Duggar dynasty shows no sign of shrinking!

In People's March 2 cover story, Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald open up about their first three months of marriage and speak candidly about their plans to start a family. "Kids are so important," Ben, 19, says Jessa, whose older sister Jill Duggar is currently expecting her first child, adds, "We hope to adopt a lot of kids. If God blesses us with biological kids of our own, it's not going to quench our desire to adopt."

"Even before we were married, we wanted to adopt," Jessa adds.

Still, the pressure to procreate is inescapable. During a recent visit at her parents' home in Springdale, Ark., Jessa's 6-year-old sister, Jordyn Duggar, wanted to know if a baby was on the way. "She asked if I was pregnant, and I said, 'No, I'm not,'" Jessa, 22, recalls. "And then she said, 'Well, you look pregnant!'"

Ben sympathizes with his wife. "We fight about this. Jessa thinks she's fat, but she doesn't remember all the times people tell her that she looks great," he says. "Her sister is used to people in the family getting married and being pregnant right away. Of course she's going to look at Jessa and says she's pregnant."

The newlyweds don't fight often, though.

"We try not to argue," says Ben, who adds that when disagreements arise, "We try to bring it up and say, 'Hey, we need to talk about this.' We can't let it define our relationship." According to Jessa, "Ben is a very sensitive guy, and he looks out for my feelings." And, though they bicker at times, the 19 Kids and Counting star tells People, If we have a hard time and we talk about it, you just love each other so much more afterwards. After a disagreement, I often feel, 'I have never loved you more than I love you now.'"

What else have they learned since tying the knot?

"If the other person is opening up, take it seriously," Ben says. "Don't just try to get through a checklist."

People's March 2 issue is on newsstands Friday.

19 Kids and Counting airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on TLC.

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