Country star Thomas Rhett's family has gotten bigger with the arrival of their new baby.
The singer-songwriter and his wife Lauren Akins first announced that they were expecting back in February. To add to the surprise, they revealed that they were also in the midst of an adoption process.
We're so happy to announce that we are pregnant & in the process of adopting a child from Africa! Safe to say life is about to get crazy! 😜 pic.twitter.com/Yhi088mPmy— Thomas Rhett (@ThomasRhett) February 15, 2017
“We tried to get pregnant for a little bit before,” Lauren told People. “It was a good chunk of time and our family is extremely fertile, so I was expecting it to happen easily. I was like, ‘Maybe this is the Lord’s way of telling me adoption is what he wants me to do.’ And I was okay with that.”
“It’s funny to me how we tried so hard and then we didn’t try at all and it happened!” she continued. “We feel like it’s all part of the plan.”
Now, Rhett and Atkins are parents to 21-month-old Willa Gray, who they adopted from Uganda in May, and a baby girl who made her debut on August 12 in Nashville, Tennessee.
The happy new parents have already shared photos of their new bundle of joy and she's adorable!
“Our baby girl is here sweet Ada James Akins came into the world at 10:28 last night after almost 36 hours of labor (only Jesus got me through that-& she is sooo worth it),” Lauren captioned the newborn's first Instagram photo.
“We are so excited that Willa Gray has a baby sister! Thank you Lord and everyone for the prayers #outnumbered,” added Rhett.
The couple also shared exclusive family photos with People magazine featuring both of their daughters.
“That first morning we were all home, we were all together in a room, both girls, both dogs, both of us and we were just chilling and I was like, ‘This is what we’ve been preparing for for over a year,’ ” Lauren explained. “We finally got there. And look how beautiful our girls are. It brought me so much peace and happiness.”
Back in April Rhett told People that although he is excited about being a father to two girls, he does have some worries.
“[I’m] terrified about having a girl … when she turns 13, 14, 15 and starts dating, that terrifies me pretty hard, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
The new father is already documenting his journey in the best way he knows how - through music. His new album Life Changes will be released on September 8.