"It's been fun keeping this secret, but too hard to contain our excitement now," the couple tells People. "Chrissy and I started praying on when the time would be right to start a family, and we both felt God nudging us last Spring."
The country singer says "one of the hardest decisions" they made was choosing to wait to find out the sex of the baby. "The mystery is still intact. February is right around the corner, and we are so eager to meet this precious little gift."
The moment the "Sunshine & Whiskey" singer found out he would be a dad, he recalls experiencing the "most unique feeling." He says, "I can only describe it as a combination of emotion and words. Shock-tacular, grateful, awe."
Ballard says the first ultrasound where he saw his baby for the first time "blew my hair straight back." He adds, "I had a thousand prayers answered in one appointment. To see toes wigglin' and a strong heartbeat sent electricity through my bones."
“Purpose is the gasoline of any great creative fire, and a growing family reminds me just how bad I want to make music for mine,” he adds.
This is Ballard's first child, but he's turned to other fathers in country music for some advice. He says Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard "taught me that new babies require most of your love and attention, but to never forget how much TLC your Mrs. Sweetheart baby needs and deserves as well."
The country singer and his glowing wife plan to attend the CMA Awards next Wednesday, November 13. "We're thrilled to bring a baby on the CMAs red carpet with no stroller, extra bags or a fancy diaper. I think we best enjoy it while we can!"
Congrats to the adorable couple! Catch them on the red carpet for the 53rd Annual CMA Awards airing live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 13 on ABC.
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