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As much as some of us can’t wait to wave goodbye to 2017, there were some bright spots during the year, including the much-awaited announcement that NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. was finally going to become a daddy.

And in 2018, Dale Jr. and wife Amy will finally grab the checkered flag when it comes to their pregnancy journey, as Amy is due in May. But first, there are so many things to look forward to for this adorable couple, such as showers and maternity shoots, perhaps a babymoon trip, and many more belly shots!

Amy hadn’t been posting many baby bump shots before Dec. 20, when she finally shared a close look at her growing baby bump along with an update on what’s been happening with their baby girl.

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“The bump is definitely growing,” Amy wrote alongside a gorgeous pic showing her face and belly. “I’m officially halfway through the pregnancy and feeling great. Little Miss is kicking up a storm lately. Dale has finally been able to feel AND SEE her kick around.”

It feels good to know that Dale Jr. now has a bit of time on his hands to enjoy these special moments, as he officially retired from NASCAR at the conclusion of the 2017 season. And hopefully, this change in his work schedule will give Dale Jr. plenty of time to discuss possible names with Amy, since they haven’t quite decided on one as of yet.

“We still don’t have a name picked,” Amy wrote. “Hope I can make a decision soon. For the record (and it was close) Dalina, Daletona and Daleyn are off the table.”

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Amy and Dale Jr. look like they have already been having fun this holiday season, getting to spend some time with family, including recently traveling to Texas to visit with Amy’s side of the family.

Santa came to the country

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The couple has also been busy working on their upcoming DIY Network renovation show, which has had Dale Jr. perfecting his handyman skills before the baby comes.

“More work down here in Key West for the renovation show me and @mrsamyearnhardt are working on for @diynetwork. Got a lot done today,” he captioned one of a series of Instagram pics posted on Dec. 11 and 12.

There is no doubt that these two are smack dab in the middle of one of the happiest times of their lives, and we can’t wait to see all that lies ahead for both of them!

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s wife Amy gives fans a much-awaited pregnancy update Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
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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