Meet Little Big Town’s Newest Member: Elijah Dylan!

04/09/2010 at 06:00 PM ET
Kristin Barlowe

Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook and wife Karen Fairchild stick together on stage and in life, so it only made sense that the country couple tackle diaper changes for 5-week-old son Elijah Dylan as a team.

“Elijah hates it, so one does the distraction and one does the work,” says Westbrook, 39, of their strategy.

“I’m usually the one jumping around trying to distract him. There’s a lot of teamwork with us.”

Whether it’s diaper duty or 2 a.m. feedings, the couple — who shared their first photos of their son, born March 5th, with PEOPLE — is relishing parenthood, Westbrook says.

“It’s just a beautiful, beautiful experience, the whole thing, the pregnancy and him being here,” he says. “Your life changes – it’s all about him and that’s OK.”

Even, he says, when that means sleepless nights.

“We get up a couple of times in the middle of the night with him and you’re so tired, but then you look into that sweet little face and it’s just like, the world is good.”

Kristin Barlowe

For now, the new family is enjoying together time, but Elijah Dylan — whose names were inspired by a favorite Bible story combined with a love for Gunsmoke character Matt Dillon — will soon hit the road with Mom and Dad.

The trio will join LBT bandmates (and fellow parents) Kimberly Roads Schlapman and Phillip Sweet when the band begins touring again in May – a “daunting” prospect, Westbrook admits.

“We’re just trying to get in the groove of being parents,” says Westbrook. “The real challenge when we’re on the road is when we’re both on stage. We’ll have to bring a nanny out to help us but I’m sure as soon as we’re off stage, we’ll be like, ‘Where’s the baby?'”

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Ashley on

Oh my he is so adorable, and so tiny! Congratulations to the family!

Denise on

That’s a beautiful baby. He’s perfect!!

Alexis on

Such a gorgeous family! Love the last picture of Jimi and Elijah, so precious.

Casey NZ on

that last photo is precious!

trish on


Sara on

Beautiful family. Ive been a LBT for years. Contrats, Jimi and Karen. You have a beautiful baby.

ericka on


is Karen Fairchild related to Morgan Fairchild? They look very similar…especially in the lower jaw area.

Sophia on

Oh boy! What a sweet little munchkin. That face is almost unbearably adorable.

Luna on

I totally agree that even when you are soooo tired, that little face makes it better. Elijah is gorgeous. Congrats guys.

Mallory on

He’s adorable!!

Tracey on

Congratulations on your beautiful. I wish you much happiness and joy with your expanded family.

Katie on

another precious Little Big Town baby!! Congrats Karen and Jimi!

Beth on

Beautiful family! Love Little Big Town!

Shannon on

He’s so adorable! Love the last picture with Jimi and Elijah..that is precious!

molly on

Such a beautiful baby! They look very content with their family! Congrats to them!

Kellianne on

They make the most adorable family EVER! I love LBT sooo much 🙂 Huge fan and soo happy they have another baby to add to the group.

Erin on

The baby is so adorable, and I love the last picture! So precious!

sheila on

Beautiful family! Enjoy every moment with your beautiful son, for these are the best times of your life. Best Wishes. Love, Love, Love L B T

Katie P on

Congrats to them! He is a really beautiful baby!!

amanda on

he is perfect, tiny and cuuuuuuuute!!!!!!!! I just wanna snuggle with him

Jon on

Aww, that’s all nice to hear, I love the photos, congratulations!

Abbey on

Oh, what a beautiful baby.

Angela on

Karen Fairchild is the daughter of Barbara Fairchild country star and singer who now performs in Branson Mo.

Morgan on

He is the most adorable baby ever! He looks like his dad in the second picture. They grow up quickly so enjoy every minute with him!

Tammy on

Congratulations Karen and Jimi! Elijah Dylan is absolutely beautiful.

lover on

that first picture looks awkward! the mom looks uncomfortable! but they’re all gorgeous ^_^

kbrumskill on

I’ve never heard of them. But, congratulations. The baby is cute.

Alicia on

Such a beautiful baby and family!

katlady on

beautiful child and family, he is joining a big family group who are loving this baby for sure. I work with Jimmy’s sister and know how precious he is to all of them.

Hea on

SO adorable. Oh my.

katiedidz on

What perfection!! Jimi and Karen are and will be the best parents! Congrates to them!! 😉

jenn on

what a cutie pie i love the pics. I’ve been a follower of lbt since 2002. I’m so happy for them

Debbie Lambert on

Congratulations Jimi and Karen! I too have been a big LBT fan for several years and your concerts are incredible!! “Welcome” to the newest member of the family! Bless you all! Looking forward to seeing you live again! You’re the best! Love ya!

Jennie on

I am so happy for Jimi and Karen. It’s so cool that they finally got together , and now a baby! Congratulations!!!

Amanda on

Karen isn’t related to anyone famous, Barbra, Morgan or any other Fairchild’s that are famous. She was born and raised in Georgia! Her and Jimi are great, glad they have their own little baby. I wonder if little Elijah will end up with baby ‘hawks like they use to give Kimberly and Phillips little girls.

Loralie on

Aww…he is so precious! I’ve been waiting to see a photo. They are one pretty family. 🙂 Love them!

FC on

Elijah is so precious! I love bundled up/swaddled little babies, and asleep? Double whammy! So cute.

ashley on

I love LBT. The Baby is so cute.

Danielle on

Jimi is an amazing singer and an amazing friend. He sang at my sister’s wedding before he was a famous singer and still to this day keeps in touch with the family. Congrats on the beautiful baby and a wonderful career!

Jenna on

How adorable! Congratulations Karen and Jimi! Elijah is just perfect!!

Robin on

Congrats. He is awesome. Enjoy every minute you have they go by to fast. Hope to see you soon in Colorado and cant wait to see baby.
Love Ya,

AnneMarie on

What a beautiful family! Elijah is simply a precious little soul. Congratulations !

SD on

Beautiful baby! Mom and Dad are pretty great too!

Nikita on

AWW Elijah is so ADORABLE congratulations Karen and Jimi

Shelly on

He is soooooooooooooooooooo adorable. I am so happy for Karen and Jimi. I know there is a lot of excitment for Little Big Town now with three beautiful babies on the bus.
Congradulations Karen and Jimi, my prayers are with you and that sweet baby, as well as all of Little Big Town. Love You Guys!!!!!!!!!

barbra dickman on

i love little big town they are awesome and that baby is too cute 4 words

destiny on

I just love the name Elijah Dylan and I think he looks just like his daddy!

paigebrewstere on

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