Halli Makennah Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell Lane
And then there were three!
Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell Lane welcomed their first baby, son Dutton Walker Lane, on Tuesday, June 8 in Nashville, Tennessee, they confirm to PEOPLE.
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“Everyone in the room, including Lauren and me, was shocked that we had a 9-pound baby! Not sure where he was hiding in her tummy ?!” country singer, 36, jokes for PEOPLE. On a more serious note, “watching Lauren go through the birth process – from the beginning to the moment she delivered – was the most incredible thing I’ve ever witnessed. I experienced a feeling I’ve never felt before.”
Adds Lauren, 31: “I have never felt an instant unconditional love that I now have for Dutton. And through this experience with Chris has made me love and appreciate him even more … I did not think it was possible! “
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And just as his hit “Big, Big Plans” was written for his proposal for his now wife, Chris has also written a new tune for his newborn son.
“I’ve been waiting to meet Dutton for nine months now, and the easiest way for me to personally describe my feelings and emotions is to write about it! So of course I wrote a song,” he tells PEOPLE. “It’s called ‘Ain’t Even Met You Yet’ and sums up how I’ve had it the last few months. I can’t wait to share it with him one day.”
The couple announced their pregnancy news in December and shared a video of an ultrasound of their baby on Instagram. “It was very exciting, but now it feels even more real to see ultrasound and hear the heartbeat,” she told FOLK exclusively about the news at the time. “We’re just soaking it all up!”
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The former reality star documented her pregnancy journey on Instagram, shared baby bump photos along the way and opened up about not comparing her progress with other mothers.
“Pregnancy is great! Reminder not to compare yourself to others,” it said Bachelor alum wrote on Instagram in February. “This is my belly, but everyone’s looking different! I’ve compared myself to friends who are about as far away as me or have been pregnant before and worried that my belly or baby might be too big for my pregnancy and for it was my first. “
“But I have to remind myself that everyone is different. Everyone’s body is different and every baby is different, but everyone is so beautiful!” Added Lauren.
In a candid New Year’s blog post, Lauren shared that “it did not take us abnormally much time, but the whole process really opened my eyes to the struggle that many women and families face.”
“On October 25, 2019, Chris and I got married, and although we were happy to start a family, we decided that we would enjoy some time together before trying to [a] baby, “she wrote, noting that she ended up going off contraception in March 2020.” I did not necessarily feel rushed, but it was definitely something that we both wanted and felt very ready for. “
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But “after four to five months of trying,” Lauren wrote, “concern began to enter my mind.”
“I could not help but compare my situation with those of my friends, for which it happened very easily, a lot of time unplanned. Mentally, this was a really hard part of the journey,” she shared. “I’m not sure if other people have experienced this, but as a woman I assumed there was something wrong with me. Chris wanted to see how disappointed and worried I would be and I could tell he felt really bad.”
“And just as hard as trying to conceive is on the woman, I just want to take a moment to acknowledge the impact it has on husbands as well. I’m so grateful to Chris. He’s such an eternal optimist, and I admire his faith so much – he was really my rock through the emotional roller coaster of it all, ”she added.
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From July, Lauren said she started using ovulation strips and progesterone tests at home – and in September, the couple got the happy news they had been waiting for.
“As I write this, I’m so incredibly grateful to be pregnant, but at the same time I can not stop thinking about all the women out there who have experienced a much longer struggle than I have ever done and are dealing with infertility and pregnancy loss, “she said. added.
“Pregnancy is really a miracle and I will never take it for granted. We prayed every day for months and of course our prayer was answered, but I know there are many unanswered prayers out there,” Lauren said. “So many women quietly fighting and I think of each and every one of you. I pray for hope and peace for all who read this struggling. Miracles happen every single day.”