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Jennifer Nettles Is Loving Her ‘Wildly Different’ Life

12/06/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

It’s been a whirlwind year for singer Jennifer Nettles, who celebrates the first birthday milestone of her son Magnus Hamilton on Friday.

“I cannot believe how fast the time has gone,” the new mom, 39, tells PEOPLE. “The amount of development that happens, to go from a little noodle into this ball of energy — arms, legs, hands!”

She adds, “He’s walking now. He’ll take eight to 10 steps, then plop down and look real pleased with himself!”

“Noodle” is just one of the pet nicknames Nettles and husband Justin Miller have for their boy. “I have many!” she admits while laughing.

“Mags is a good clipped short one. Magaroni and Cheese is a fun one. Somehow that turned into Magaroni Noodle and then sometimes it’s just Noodle, which has nothing to do with Magnus, but he’s a cute little noodle!”

Jennifer Nettles Magnus CMA Country Christmas
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Not surprisingly, some of the material on her first solo album, That Girl, will cover motherhood. Magnus had his own nursery set up in producer Rick Rubin‘s studio in Malibu, where Nettles spent the month of May recording.

“Each day I would sing until Magnus let my husband or my mom know that he was hungry. Then off went the headphones and on went the baby for a feeding!” she recalls.

The 11-song album will be released Jan. 14 and in February she’ll start a theater tour — with baby on board. “He goes everywhere I go. I have a crib on the bus and that’s where he’ll be,” she says.

“It’s almost unfathomable how wildly different my life is, and how much I love every minute of it.”

– Kay West

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MTGal on

LOVE the name, Magnus!

Leeanna Rodinez on

Beautiful kid, too bad he’s stuck with a name like Magnus.

Leslie on

He is too cute!!!!

Callie on

That is a gorgeous little boy!!!

bkable on

OMG he is adorable!

kristin on

She seems like such a lovely lady. And that baby is just precious.

go bucks! on

He is absolutely adorable!! I love Jennifer Nettles and I bet she’s an amazing mom!

Sunburn on

Love her and their baby is beautiful!!!

Angela on

My oldest son’s nickname is Zacharoni and Cheese! He’s almost 14 now so he grimaces every time I say it. lol!

Amy on

That little boy is so adorable :-)

Tee Tee on

He’s a cutie! Looks just like Jennifer! Happy birthday, Magnus! And a happy BIRTHday to you, Jennifer!

Delancey on

Is that one adorable baby! And so nice to see such a happy mommy!

Martina on

The baby is adorable, and the mom is adorable! Such a sweet photo.

Marie on

Great Scandinavian name. Would love to have her blog.
Pls. let us know who cuts your hair. Loved it on the CMA’s!!

stacey on

He looks just like her husband. She seems like a great mom…..that’s awesome!!! And I love how she comes up with a bunch of crazy nicknames. I do the same thing with my kids.

michele127 on

He is just so gorgeous and those beautiful (Paul Newman) blue eyes, love the name MAGNUS it’s a strong western civilization name. The Scandinavians brought it to Scotland where it is also very much rooted, I believe she said that when they performed on 2011 CNN HERO’S that one of the nominee’s was a gentleman from Scotland and his name was Magnus. The minute she heard the name she loved it and knew her soon to be husband would love too, so if they had a baby boy they already had the name picked out. I believe there is Scottish ancestry on both sides, I think they even have family in Scotland. She is a great Mother and he was born with a sweet temperament, I was born Dec. 7th and I was always told the same thing and that December babies are easy and sweet babies to raise. NAMISTA

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