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Little Big Town Couple Welcomes Son Elijah Dylan

03/06/2010 at 10:55 AM ET
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Little Big Town just got a little bigger.

Band members Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook welcomed their first child, a son, on Friday, Mar. 5th in Nashville, Tenn.

Baby Elijah Dylan Westbrook weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz., and was 19 and ¾ inches long, the couple tell PEOPLE exclusively.

“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time and can’t tell you how thrilled and blessed we both feel,” says Karen, who says Westbrook is a “natural” at fatherhood.

“Karen is going to be an incredible mom,” says Jimi of his wife, who had earned a degree in early childhood education before pursuing a music career. “She has always been so good with children. Besides, she’s done a great job raising me to become a responsible adult!”

Parenting advice for Karen, 42, and Jimi, 39 — who tied the knot in 2006 — will be close at hand. Bandmates Kimberly Roads Schlapman and Phillip Sweet already each have daughters — Kimberly is mom to Daisy Pearl, 2 ½, with husband Stephen, and Phillip is dad to 2-year-old Penelopi Jane with wife Rebecca. The toddlers are veterans of the touring life, having hit the road with the country quartet soon after they were born.

“Our hearts are bursting with joy for Karen and Jimi,” says Kimberly. “We have dreamed of this moment with them for a long time. We can’t wait to welcome another little angel onto our bus.”

Elijah will need to get packing soon, since the quartet, whose single, “Little White Church” from their upcoming album will be released to radio next week, are on the road again in May, joining Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson and Jack Ingram on the Country Throwdown Tour.

– Eileen Finan

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Alecia on

Awe, I’m do excited for them; children are a blessing. <3 the name choice, Dylan has always been a favorite of mine.

Loralie on

Love LBT and am so happy for Karen & Jimi and I love Elijah’s name too! :)

JM on

congrats. and aw what a lovely name, i love Dylan, but then i’m biased as that’s my oldest boy’s name. :)

Lolla on

I always have to laugh when the baby is 5 days old, and the mom says that dad is ‘a natural at fatherhood.’ I’m not doubting that he is, but at 5 days, who knows! Does that mean he hasn’t dropped the baby yet, and he’s willing to change diapers? Wait ’til the kid’s 16 and wants to get a drivers license or go to a boy-girl slumber party; then we’ll see who’s a natural at parenthood! LOL

Shira on

awwww i love that name!!! daisy penelopi and elijah will sure have a great time touring together!!!

Brooklyn on

Congrats to them both! I love the name Elijah!

Liliana on

Congratulations to them both! I love the name Elijah.

daniela on

Love the names Elijah and Dylan – great names! Congrats to them!

Luna on

First of all, Elijah is my absolute favorite name ever and I love Dylan. The combo is great together. Second, I think that little Daisy, Penelopi, and Elijah will be great buddies. Congrats to Karen and Jimi.

Suze on

Lolla,

So just because all he can really do in the beginning is hold a baby and change diapers, that somehow means that a father is less of a “natural” parent than a mother? I hope you don’t work in the family courts. We need to oust all of those officials who think a father has less rights to their child(ren) than the mother and finally make the custody petition process fair. I will never understand these people that have perverted feminism to this extent. Ugh.

Lolla on

Suze dear,
I’m not sure what you’re getting at, but I meant any parent – after 5 days – how can you say they’re a natural? I ‘m not sure how you interpreted that as some statement that a mother should get custody over a father (???) but I’m sorry for the misunderstanding!

CelebBabyLover on

Lolla- Uh, he’s not 5 days old! He was just born this past Friday, making him 2 days old! :)

Jane on

I love them! LBT is one of my favorite bands. Elijah Dylan is a gorgeous name!

Ashley on

Lolla,

You don’t have to be a parent to be a “natural” with children. Karen probably made those comments before the baby was even born, and she’s most likely referring to the way he is with his nieces and nephews and Kimberly & Phillip’s little girls.

Congrats to Jimi and Karen! So glad he’s here and healthy, and everyone’s doing great!

Tabatha on

Uh Im not sure but I think Lolla was trying to be funny…you know HAHA….good grief people loosen up! You jump on people as though they are talking about “you”. No need to bite the girls head off….Suze (just saying)

Tee on

Another baby on the Little Big Town bus! Congratulations, Karen and Jimi. I love the name you have chosen for your son and am so glad to hear that he’s finally here! It’s been so much fun to see glimses of Daisy and Penelope here and there. I hope that you will share a picture of little Elijah with us!

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