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This country star’s heart melts when he returns home to his baby boy Instagram/@shaymooney

It’s pretty obvious from the looks of our timeline that the only thing we love as much as country music is country music babies. We’re always tickled to share every pregnancy, gender reveal and birth announcement, and just as soon as the parents start posting photos of their little ones at home celebrating birthdays and reaching all of those milestones that babies and toddlers reach, well, our hearts just do cartwheels.

Babies are just cool. And, come on, they’re cute as the dickens.

One of the first little nuggets to steal our hearts in 2017 was Asher James, the son of Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney and wife Hannah. And, honestly, this kiddo has been relentless in making us ooooo, aaaaaah and coo at every picture and video they post with him in the starring role.

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But in this most recent video, Asher has raised the bar on himself.

Apparently, Shay and Hannah were in Mexico for a few days, perhaps to celebrate Hannah’s birthday, and they left shortly after their baby boy started walking.

It had to be hard to leave their son at such an exciting time in his development, but it’s also important for all moms and dads to take care of themselves in order to be the best parents they can be. Besides, if they had never left, then they never would have experienced the incredible greeting that was waiting for them when they returned.

Shay shares a video clip on his Instagram page, and in it, you can hear Asher’s delighted and very southern “Hi” as he looks at his pops. He even seems to be a little delighted to be the center of the family’s attention.

We missed this little nugget so much. ❤️

A post shared by Shay Mooney (@shaymooney) on

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This roly-poly bundle of joy’s Jan. 24, 2017 arrival helped kick off one heck of a year that included the arrival of more than three dozen babies to families in country music. In a year-to-year comparison, by this time last year, four little ones had been added to country music families. So far in 2018, we have also welcomed four babies, including twin girls for Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. There were no country babies born in February 2017 that we know of, and this year, we already have two this month and there could be two more on the way. Plus Jessie James Decker and Eric Decker’s third addition could arrive any day now and American Aquarium’s BJ Barham and his wife, Rachel, have their first coming in April.

Of course, babies arrive when they are darn good and ready, and that is one process that we simply refuse to rush. But it does look like we could be knitting a lot of booties this year, too.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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