Danny Gokey Introduces Son Daniel Emanuel

02/01/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

Daniel Emanuel is ready for his close up!

With baby boy cuddled in a cozy cable-knit coverall and matching cap, American Idol season eight finalist Danny Gokey and his wife Leyicet happily show off the newest addition to their tight-knit trio.

And just as the sweet snapshot shows, the new parents are completely smitten with their son — even despite the serious lack of shut-eye.

“It’s been fun adjusting to having a new baby in the house,” Gokey, 32, tells PEOPLE. “We’re a little sleep-deprived right now, but we really love him a lot! He’s pretty cute — it’s okay to brag, right?”

Born Jan. 20, baby boy arrived weighing 8 lbs., 11 oz. “I’m ecstatic to be a first-time dad and to have a new little buddy to hang out with,” Gokey told PEOPLE at the time.

Danny Gokey Son Daniel Emanuel American Idol
Courtesy Danny Gokey

— Anya Leon with reporting by Kevin O’Donnell

FILED UNDER: Babies , Exclusive , News , Parenting

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Franchesca Maniscalco on

He is such a cute baby! I just want to pinch those adorable cheeks!

pinklily on

He falls under the “one of the most adorable babies i have ever seen!” category

jannikas on

Danny, it looks like you won’t ever want to let him go. Enjoy your big little man and cherish these days– it goes to fast!

Elsie on

He is beautiful!! Enjoy every minute!!! They grow so fast.. You miss so much in the blink of an eye.. Congrats on your bundle of joy šŸ™‚

Denise on

Congratulations on that precious little bundle…God sure what He was doing when He knit him together… Enjoy this time getting to know him and how your family changes, and those sleep deprived nights…can even be a great memory.

Tracy on

He’s so adorable congrats Danny and to your beautiful wife!!!!

linda on

Your son is so cute I wish you all thebest god bless you all

coriellen on

What a sweet picture! God bless ā¤

Lori Kennedy on

What a beautiful baby boy. Waiting for my first grandson, due in a month or so. Congratulations to all of you!!

dancer92136 on

Adorable and so sweet enjoy…you deserve all the happiness life has to offer.

Anonymous on

He is adorable…so alert..congrates to you

Tracy Taylor on

Congratulations to u both he looks sweet. Enjoy every minute you can with him, they grow up so fast.

Cate on


Dawn on

Adorable family and yes, mom and dad look a bit tired. It will pass.

Monkeyfarts101 on

Awww congratulations to them! He looks JUST like his Daddy, what a doll baby!

SHar on

I am so glad Danny has now experienced some happiness in his life. He is so deserving of it after losing his young wife. The baby is gorgeous and he was a big baby too. All the best to you Danny and your family too. Make some sweet memories – even the sleepless nights lol.

Rhonda on

I had no idea who Danny Gokey was, but I’m a sucker for babies, so I had to click on the article. What a cute baby! The three of them make a beautiful little family. Congratulations to the happy parents.

SHar on

It is so great to see that smile on Danny’s face after all he has been through. He is a top notch guy and their baby is gorgeous. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy Danny – they grow up too fast.

Iā€™m Standing Right Behind You on

All together now…AWWWWWWW!

Kiki on

Awww!! That baby is soo cute!

Congrats to the proud parents!!

Karen M. on

Are you kidding me? That is one gorgeous FAMILY! All of them! God bless you, Gokey Family.

Dennis on

very beautiful baby love the middle name

Anonymous on

What a cute baby! šŸ™‚

Ashley on

So nice to see all positive comments!!! Beautiful baby!!!

AdieBek on

Nothing sweeter than a dad so in love he wants to brag. What a gorgeous trio they are. Those baby cheeks are adorable.

Natalie on

Oh, what a cutie!!! Congrats to Danny and his wife on their little boy!

Tammy on

Danny is such a wonderful man. Congrats to him and his wife on their little angel.

Schmerp on

I loved Gokey so much on AI, and it’s so nice to see him so happy. Adorable baby. HUGE congrats!

a on

ahhhhhhh! so cute!!! ā¤

lovely123 on

Wow, they didn’t name there kid Moon Beam? Amazing! It’s a great picture.

Sue on

What an adorable baby. Congratulations!

Anonymous on

He’s gorgeous! Congrats to Danny and his wife. Brag away!

Carrie M on

Q.T. Pie!

muriel maynard on

What a blessing he is.. i am so happy for you!

Cindy Baer on

What a beautiful family you have:) now the memories begin! God bless

Sandy on

I always think of Kenny Chesney’s song “Don’t Blink” when seeing a small baby or child. Sometimes I think to myself, “is it really possible that my kids are grown?” Treasure your time, it is soooo precious!

Jen on

Cute baby! I can’t stand when people name their son’s after the father’s though. Blech!

Congrats to them though!

Anonymous on

A post on Moms & Babies with only ONE negative comment (and even that one is only slightly negative!)? I think I’m going to faint! šŸ˜‰

All kidding aside, the baby is adorable!

jessica on

Nice picture! Very cute baby, brag all ya want!

Andrea on

Babies usually make me smile. But this story made me smile wider especially after such heart break. Babies represent beginnings, hope and life. Enjoy your little one Danny Gokey !

Janet on

Awww, Congratulations to the new parents. He is so so CUTE and BEAUTIFUL!!!

Sunshine on

God made all babies cute so we wouldn’t harm them. I love seeing pics of all babies.

Never heard of this guy…but congrats!

I also think it is annoying when parents name children after themselves.

melody on

cute baby

Lisa D. on

So happy for your gift from above. What a beautiful family. Congratulations!!!

Dora D. on

I can’t help but think of his deceased first wife and how she never got to have that experience with him.

I know people heal in their own ways and own time, but it’s hard for me to imagine losing my spouse and being remarried and with a child less than 5 years later…

Though I wish him a happy life now.

Cara on

I love those chubby newborn cheeks! So cute!! *I’m another one that of those people who thinks it is weird to name a son after a father. It’s just too…hmmm…sexist and unoriginal to me. This is coming from someone who has a brother who is a “Robert IV”. It still irks me. haha.

Anonymous on

Sunshine- God also made babies that way so that we would love and nurture them. That’s why I never understand it when someone says a baby isn’t cute. It is impossible for that to be so, as they are genetically designed to be cute! šŸ™‚

Stephanie on

Congrats Danny. He is such a beautiful Lil boy.

Amber on

Congrats to you both. He is so adorable. Your a beautiful family. God bless you all. Love his name. Think its cool to name him after you. Wish you all the happiness possible. Time flys when when their little. Too bad babies don’t stay smaller longer so to let us enjoy the precious time more.