Aras Baskauskas Welcomes Son River Juozas

05/30/2014 at 03:00 PM ET

Survivor Aras Baskauskas Welcomes Son River Juozas Courtesy Aras Baskauskas

Aras Baskauskas is a dad!

The Survivor: Panama champ and fiancée Christy Petersen welcomed son River Juozas Baskauskas on Thursday, May 29, he confirms to PEOPLE.

Arriving at 1:54 p.m., River weighed in at 6 lbs, 10 oz. and measures 19.25 inches long.

“Christy and I are over the moon at the arrival of our son,” Baskauskas, 32, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Neither of us can believe that this little alien is ours, but we are madly in love with him.”

It’s been a big year for Baskauskas, who is pursuing a singing and songwriting career under the name Odd Us. He returned to Survivor to play Blood vs. Water with brother Vytas, then proposed to his girlfriend of four years, a model and clothing designer, on the beaches of Big Sur in November.

Survivor Aras Baskauskas Welcomes Son River Juozas Courtesy Aras Baskauskas

Later that month, as CBS aired his Survivor elimination episode, Baskauskas told PEOPLE that he and Petersen were expecting.

“I’m most looking forward to having the baby fall asleep in my arms,” he said at the time. “We can’t wait to meet this little soul.”

Now that they have, Baskauskas cannot contain his excitement.

“River is a cool dude,” he tells PEOPLE, explaining his and Petersen’s name choice for their newborn. “Long before we ever got pregnant, we both decided we loved the name for a boy. His middle name is my grandfather’s first name — it means ‘Joseph’ in Lithuanian.”

Baskauskas first shared news of the birth on social media. “Welcome to the world, River,” he captioned an Instagram photo. “May 29th will forever be your day.”

— Steve Helling

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Ava on

Aw, precious peanut! He has the best lips for smooching!

bkable on

He is so little!!

Pam on

Oh my gosh he’s tiny and precious! Congrats Aras!

Paige on

Such a cutie! He looks like a little turtle, but in a cute way! Congratulations to you!

Charlie13 on

Cool! I’m also Lithuanian with an ‘-auskas’ last name and May 29th is my birthday as well. Congratulations to the happy little family!

Indre on

sveikinimai seimynai!

KL on

Aww how precious!!!!

Nicole on

He’s such an adorable baby. I like the name River too.

Tay on

He is a little baby, like the name.

Angie on


Anonymous on

Congrats to them! And as someone with an immense love for rivers, I love the name!

Miffy on

I would have been nice if they had bothered to get married before having a child. Children of unmarried parents are more likely to grow up in poverty, drop out of school, join gangs, and wind up in prison. And before the “marriage doesn’t matter” crowd starts replying, I urge you to look up these statistics.

Rachael on

Awww, he’s precious! Congrats to the happy parents!

And Miffy – you do know this is 2014, correct?

Anonymous on

Miffy- The problem with those statistics is that they lump ALL children of unmarried parents together, including those born to teens, single mothers, minorities, and so forth (all groups that have a high percentage of children that are raised in or wind up in the circumstances you listed). Unless and until a study is done that actually controls for those factors, we can’t really know what kind of affect simply having unmarried parents has on a child.

Anonymous on

I also want to add that getting married because of a pregnancy is almost never a good idea!