Brantley Gilbert and Wife Welcome Baby Boy, Barrett

Brantley Gilbert has just embarked on a brand new journey in life… fatherhood! The singer and his wife Amber have welcomed their first child, son Barrett Hardy-Clay Gilbert on Saturday, Nov. 11.

“Honestly, I’m just speechless,” Gilbert told PEOPLE of his son’s arrival. “Watching the delivery, I don’t even know what to say. Amber and I are just so thankful and blessed to have this beautiful little boy.”

Barrett was born at 1:37 p.m. at the Piedmont Hospital in Athens, GA, weighing in at 6 lbs., 7 oz. and measuring 20 in. long. His delivery was several days earlier than expected, with a due date of Nov. 17, and a rather quick one at that.

“It was really fast. Amber woke up, had a little pain,” he explained. “And the nurse said, ‘You’re ready.’ It was 30 minutes, and we had Barrett. And I have no words, beyond it’s even more than I could’ve ever imagined.”

Still speechless….

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The couple had long agreed on Barrett’s name, as it was a longtime favorite of theirs and honored their families.

“Barrett’s a name we’d had for a very, very long time,” shared Gilbert. “We knew we wanted to have a ‘B’ name, and [Barrett’s] something we’ve always had and loved.”

His unique hyphenated middle name comes from both Gilbert and Amber’s family, with Hardy from Amber’s father’s side and Clay being Gilbert’s PaPaw’s middle name.

The road to parenthood was a long one for the couple, who’d tried for years to conceive. After being told that their only option was IVF, the couple decided to take a break from trying and examine their options. It wasn’t until after they decided to pause that the couple learned they were expecting.

“I think I stared at it for at least two minutes without saying anything because I was literally in shock. We’d been told it was just not in the cards, and I’m staring at this answer to many, many, many prayers,” Gilbert previously said.

The couple’s prayers had been answered and they can now take on parenthood together with sweet baby Barrett by their sides.

Congratulations to the happy couple!