ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett admits that since she arrived from her native Uganda in the spring, his adopted toddler daughter Willa Gray has spoiled him big time … especially in the sleep department.

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“The first time she came home, she slept 12 hours a night,” Thomas laughed during a recent interview with Rare Country about Miss Willa, who joined Thomas and wife Lauren’s growing family in May. “It didn’t change our sleep schedule at all. We got so lucky.”

And then, little sister Miss Ada James came along.

“We were like, ‘Who are you and what have you done with our life?’ ” joked Thomas about the birth of Ada back on August 12. The newborn hasn’t quite picked up the perfect sleep habits of her older sibling. In fact, she seems to have disrupted Willa’s track record.

“On top of Willa waking up now in the middle of the night and Ada not sleeping, we have been having to deal with the needs of two separate people in the middle of the night,” Thomas said. “It’s been really intense.”

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And while Thomas and Lauren juggle not only a bunch of stuff at home, and with fans via Instagram, they’re also working through Thomas’ busy album release promotion schedule for his appropriately-titled new set, “Life Changes,” along with an upcoming tour. But they’re up for the challenge.

“We will learn as we go, just like everyone else,” Thomas said.

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Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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