It’s hard to believe it’s been just a few short months since Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren introduced us to daughter No. 1, Willa Gray, who arrived from Uganda in May. Then on August 12, Lauren delivered daughter No. 2, Ada James, and we have reveled in every tweet, Instagram story and social media post they’ve shared. In fact, it’s been difficult to resist sharing a story a day because the preciousness is so overwhelming.

For us.

For them, reality is a little bit different. It’s still great, but it isn’t without challenges.

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In an exclusive interview with People, Thomas and Lauren talk about what the new version of the Akins family looks like and, as hectic as it seems, guess what? Still presh.

“There are moments where I’m definitely like, ‘Well, this isn’t pretty,’” Lauren says. “There’s never a dull moment. We’re tired, but we’re happy.”

It sounds like they earned that happiness, too. After struggling to conceive, they began the process of adopting Willa and THAT is when they learned they were pregnant. Fortunately, as we’ve all witnessed, Willa adapted to life in the United States without a hiccup, but adapting to life with a baby sister? That’s been a little bit different.

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“Going from Uganda to America, nothing. Having a baby sister? World changing! She’s been very emotional,” Lauren says.

The young mom — who has become as much of a celebrity as her husband thanks to her open heart on social media and her appearances in Thomas’ music videos — understands why, though. Since she is nursing Ada, she doesn’t have always have arms to hold sweet Willa. Fortunately, they have family members who are all too happy to help out, and when Thomas isn’t on the road rocking and rolling, he’s home rocking the cradle.


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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