Much like how a child begins waiting for the next Christmas on December 26, we’ve been awaiting the arrival of Thomas Rhett and Lauren’s second baby girl.

The wait is over!

Thomas and Lauren welcomed their second daughter, Ada James Akins, on the evening of August 12.

The following day, Thomas Rhett posted that “it was truly the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. I can’t believe we have two daughters.” He added that Lauren “labored for almost 36 hours” and is “by far the strongest human being I have ever met. I have a newfound respect for moms around the world.”

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Lauren shared the same photo on her Instagram account, writing of her lengthy labor, “Only Jesus got me through that, and she is sooo worth it.” She also shared that the 7 pound, 3 ounce bundle of joy is “so stinking cute I just can’t take it.” She called the new arrival “a miracle” and said, “Thomas Rhett and I are so in love with her.”

A few days before Baby Ada arrived, in an Instagram Live, Lauren said that her due date was August 8. She also explained that her plan was to deliver naturally, but both her mother and Thomas Rhett’s mother, Paige, had to be induced.


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We first learned of Lauren’s pregnancy in February at the same time that they announced they were adopting a baby from Africa. A few days later we learned that they were expecting a baby girl. Then in May, sweet Willa Gray arrived from Uganda and the couple’s fans quickly fell in love with her.

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Big sister has had a little time to assimilate to life in America with Mom and Dad, as well as two large dogs and a rowdy bunch of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Now she adds being a big sister to her new experiences, and Lauren writes that Willa is “so excited to finally have a baby sister.”

Thomas Rhett Akins and Lauren Gregory were married October 12, 2012.

Two whole years:) I love you Thomas Rhett💛

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Congratulations to the new mom and dad, big sister and the rest of the family!

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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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