Hillary Scott: Why We Waited to Name Our Daughter
After months spent searching for the perfect name, Hillary Scott decided to wait for the magical moment of meeting her daughter to make the final decision.
“I had felt like the instant I saw her, I would know exactly what her name was — there would be no question,” the Lady Antebellum songstress, 27, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
But when her baby girl was born in July, the new mom found herself at a temporary loss — until her husband Chris Tyrrell stepped in.
“She had probably been out of the womb 20 to 30 minutes before we decided for sure. After she was born, I was looking at Chris going, ‘What’s her name?!'” she says. “Once he said it, then I knew. I had felt that all along, but I needed him to feel it too.”
Now the couple are completely smitten over their choice of Eisele Kaye, which honors Tyrrell’s mother’s maiden name and Scott’s mother’s middle name, respectively. “Once he saw her and said it, it was done,” the singer explains.
“We love how it sounds kind of musical, it has a sing-song sound to it. It floats in a pretty, musical way,” Scott adds.
Baby girl isn’t the only one after Scott’s heart; proud papa Tyrrell has happily stepped up to the plate with his daddy duties. “Just when I thought I couldn’t love him more, I love him more every day!” she shares. “He is such a hands-on dad. He is not afraid to do anything — there is not a thing he won’t do.”
In fact, when it comes to keeping score of diaper changes, it seems as if Tyrrell — who has already penned a “sweet” song for Eisele — easily takes the lead.
“He has changed the majority of poopy diapers in our house,” Scott says. “The more I’ve been walking through being a new mom, I see that it’s pretty rare that the father is so hands-on, so natural and so joyful with it.”
Since her summer arrival, Eisele’s ever-expanding closets continue to grow, as gifts pour in from several famous friends, including a “beautiful” monogrammed blanket from Reba McEntire.
“I go through her clothing once a month to rotate out what she has outgrown! Her dresser is bursting full, totally full,” Scott shares.
It seems the surge in baby apparel won’t be ending anytime soon — especially if CMT Crossroads partner Stevie Nicks has something to do with it.
“When Fleetwood Mac was touring in Europe, she would go into these little boutiques and shop for Eisele,” Scott says.
After receiving a box from Nicks “every few weeks,” Eisele’s wardrobe is filled with many of the singer’s favorite finds, among them the white dress adorned with roses pictured here.
“Eisele’s coolest clothes are from Stevie, which is so funny. Eisele has no clue how cool a baby she is!” Scott says with a laugh.
With Lady Antebellum set to start their Take Me Downtown tour in January, the new mom is looking forward to the new dynamic a baby on the tour bus will bring, particularly among her bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood and their wives.
“It will be interesting to see how having a baby on board affects their relationships. There is something so beautiful about the innocence of a child and the grace and joy a child brings to everyone,” Scott says. “I’m curious to see who’s next! It’s only a matter of time. Cassie [Kelley] and Kelli [Haywood] just love on Eisele so much.”
The beginning of their tour will also mark the second time Scott has performed on stage since giving birth, after a brief appearance at the CMA Awards. Despite her return to the spotlight, she refuses to let any expectations regarding her body after baby bring her down.
“There’s so much pressure on new moms — especially who are in the public eye — to get back into shape as soon as possible, which translates to, ‘As soon as possible, look like you were never pregnant or had a baby,'” she explains. “The women who get there the fastest are celebrated like it’s an accomplishment. I think that is so wrong and sends such a bad message to young women.”
Scott adds, “That pressure really forced me to take a deep breath and accept and embrace me for me, which is always a work in progress, but more important now that I have a daughter.”
For more on Scott’s life at home, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.
— Anya Leon with reporting by Kay West