Jana Kramer Welcomes Daughter Jolie Rae
She’s got the girl!
Country singer Jana Kramer and her husband, former NFL tight-end Michael Caussin, welcomed their first child, a daughter, on Sunday, Jan. 31 in Nashville, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
Born at 4:01 p.m., daughter Jolie Rae Caussin arrived weighing 7 lbs., 1 oz. She measured 19½ inches long.
“Words can’t even begin to describe how much happiness I’m feeling right now,” Kramer, 32, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Holding my healthy and beautiful baby girl in my arms is something that’s truly indescribable. Michael and I are so thankful for this wonderful blessing!”
Jolie’s birth was only the start to Kramer’s amazing week: On Monday, the nominations for the 2016 ACM Awards were announced and the new mom is up for female vocalist of the year.
“What a whirlwind of great surprises and wonderful news,” the singer-songwriter, who previously won top new female artist in 2012, said in a statement. “I’m overwhelmed with joy after welcoming my beautiful baby girl into the world AND finding out I’ve been nominated for an ACM Award!”
“The hardest part has been performing. I have a barf bag on stage and usually am able to get through the concert, but after every show, my sweet assistant Brittni holds my hair as I puke,” the mom-to-be, who experienced all-day morning sickness through the third trimester, wrote in her first PEOPLE.com pregnancy blog.
But from singing on stage to finding out the baby’s sex in August, Kramer was all smiles. In November, the “I Got the Boy” singer and Caussin celebrated the pending arrival of their daughter with a chic baby shower.
“The shower was everything and more we could have ever dreamed it would be. My favorite part was when Michael and I took in the room and just saw all the love that was surrounding us and our baby girl-to-be,” she told PEOPLE after the baby bash.
And while Kramer is finally taking a timeout to bond with her newborn baby girl, she won’t be sitting on the sidelines for long.
“I’ve told my management that six weeks after the baby is born, I’ll be ready to go back on the road. Mama’s gotta work,” she told Fit Pregnancy and Baby.
But her family is Kramer’s first priority, and she’s already looking forward to a second child — eventually.
“I can honestly say just knowing our little baby girl is inside of me makes it all worth it and I can’t wait to do it all over again,” she wrote in her final PEOPLE.com pregnancy blog. “Having said that, it won’t be right away. I need my time with wine again.”
— Anya Leon with reporting by Sarah Michaud