It’s another five months before singer Holly Williams‘s first child is due to arrive, but the new addition is already a peacemaker.
“My husband [Chris Coleman] and I are traveling all the time and we have very stressful schedules, but if we start getting in a little tiff, we’re both like, ‘Wait, can the baby hear us right now? We can’t do this!’ ” the singer, 33, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
The couple, who married in 2009, have been on the road separately much of the past year — Williams released her third album The Highway last year and Coleman is a multi-instrumentalist who tours with Kings of Leon — so the pregnancy took them by surprise.
“I’ve had so many friends who’ve struggled with infertility issues, so I thought ‘Well, this could take five years.’ And it didn’t at all!” says the granddaughter of Hank Williams and daughter of Hank Jr. “We felt really blessed. It was like the Lord gave us this little miracle.”
Williams says her husband is keeping close tabs on their baby on the way, even in utero. “He’s been incredibly involved with the What to Expect app for dads,” she says. “He’s so excited each week. He’ll be like, ‘This week the baby’s ears are developing!’ “
The country singer announced her pregnancy via social media by posting a photo of her bump on Mother’s Day, writing: “@colemantime caught this of me while shooting tin cans this morning on the Georgia farm. I think I felt my first kick and I’m not talking about the Red Ryder BB gun!!”
Williams, who knows the sex of the baby but is keeping it private for now, says watching friends like Sheryl Crow is helping her figure out how to balance motherhood and a career.
“She’s an incredible inspiration. We were on the road together last year and she’s got both her boys out there on the bus, but she’s kept them on a strict routine,” Williams says. “They are hanging out with Mom at sound check, but they are in bed every night and I was like, ‘That’s how I want to be!’ I want my kids with me.”
— Holly Williams (@hollywilliams1) May 11, 2014
– Eileen Finan