Meet Luke Bryan’s Second Son, Tatum Christopher

11/12/2010 at 03:00 PM ET
Caroline, Tate and Luke – Melanie Dunea

Like many new parents, Luke Bryan and wife Caroline were more than a bit nervous with the birth of their first child, Thomas Boyer, in March 2008.

“We were treating him like a Fabergé egg every time we picked him up,” Luke, 34, tells PEOPLE in the December country issue.

Adds Caroline, “Bo had two surgeries early and he’s had every illness you can get.”

With the arrival of Tatum Christopher on Aug. 11, both parents admit they’re considerably more relaxed.

“Tate is just chilled out — he doesn’t throw up every time he eats and he sleeps,” Caroline explains. “We’re getting better. You just know the deal on the second one.”

As for getting used to the new addition, 2½-year-old Bo has been the “typical” older brother, his parents say.

“Bo’s done really well. He has his moments where he asks me to put Tate down,” laughs Caroline. “He likes to hold him and kiss him.”

“Sometimes he’ll walk up and poke [3-month-old Tate] in the eye, but mostly he just tries to love on him too hard,” Luke adds.

Barnyard-themed nursery – Melanie Dunea


With two boisterous boys at home and a country career to tend to on the road, the couple have to work at making sure they have time together.

“We had a movie night planned and [the band was] late coming home [from tour]. Caroline said, ‘Let’s just cancel and you can spend some time with Bo,'” Luke recalls. “But I was like, ‘No, we’ve been planning that.’ You still have to give your wife ample time too. I think some people get so encompassed [in] pleasing their children, they forget to tend to their marriage.”

Making sure her marriage stays strong means shelling out for a babysitter — and Caroline’s just fine with that.

“With two, I needed a little help — and she’s good for the award shows too, because now I can go and celebrate with him!”

For more on Luke Bryan and all your favorite country stars, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE Country, on newsstands now. For free country music downloads, go to

Changing area – Melanie Dunea


— Sara Hammel with reporting by Eileen Finan

FILED UNDER: Babies , Exclusive , News , Parenting

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Elle on

Adorable! What a cute family. I love Tate’s bedroom.

Jennie on

Congrats Luke and caroline and Bo! Love his room too!

mommyof2 on

does anyone know what was wrong with BO?

Jessica on

Finally a pic of Tate!!! Congrats again to Luke, Caroline and Bo. What an incredibly gorgeous family!!!

Jessica on

Great picture and article.

Macy on

Tatum looks cute

etsy on

I just noticed after all this time that there family has ‘Bo and Luke’!
duh! A barnyard theme is a really cute idea for a baby’s room.

aimee on

This is all I could find about his first son’s illness.

Rachel on

According to this article —,,gac_26063_5885109,00.html — Bo had hernia surgery when he was six weeks old.

And Tate is a cutie… just like his father :O)

CelebBabyLover on

Tatum is adorable. I wish we could have seen an updated picture of his big brother, too. 🙂

LeeLee on

Beautiful family!! I love Luke Bryan.

Rachael on

Love Luke Bryan, what a beautiful family!

tink1217 on

awww! I love Luke’s singing…what a dreamy voice!! Glad to hear Bo is doing well and their new little one is adorable!!

Stacey on

Love the room! Tate is so adorable!

Lake Mom on

My 18 yr old is named Christopher Tate, but goes by Tate. The name means one who brings happiness or cheerful one. It is so true of my son. Congrats to the Bryan family….

Jenna on

A barn room is the perfect idea for a bedroom…I’m even a bit jealous! Congrats Luke! And of course Caroline!

Country Girl on

LOVE Luke Bryan! The baby is adorable! Love the fact that their nursery seems simple!

kdx2 on

My 9 year old son is named Tate Delsin. I just absolutely love the name.

bell on

What a gorgeous family love little Tates room and i’m glad BO is doing better.congrats luke and caroline!

Anonymous on

he is soooooo aborable

Remasue.Lilley on

you guys and your baby is cutie

Anonymous on

Such a cute picture

ashlin on


Madison on

I LOVE LUKE BRYAN!! (BTW, congrats on the birth of your second son!!) 😀

hope kuntz on

luke bryan’s son is adoribale