Clay Walker and his wife Jessica have big news! The couple revealed to People that they are expecting their fifth child together, a boy, in January. The new arrival will join the couple’s four children: 2-year-old Ezra, 7-year-old Elijah, 10-year-old Mary-Elizabeth, and 12-year-old William. The new baby will be Walker’s seventh child altogether, as he has two adult daughters named Skylor and MaClay from a previous marriage. Walker says the news of another boy came as a bit of a surprise for the family — especially for their daughter, Mary-Elizabeth.
“The shock of it being another boy, for Mary, it lasted a couple of hours,” Walker told the publication. “There were some tears shed, I won’t lie. It was because of expectation, but that was overcome with the thought that we’re not in control of that. We don’t decide if it’s a boy or girl, and she was able to understand that after a while.”
The Walkers also shared the name they have chosen for the little guy. He will be named Christian after Walker’s great-great-grandfather who was an immigrant from Denmark and lived in Beaumont, Texas, where Walker grew up.
“Everyone called him ‘The Dane’ and Jess and I are really excited to be able to name [our son] after that man,” he says. “I always heard the stories about what a great cow man he was, and so as I was growing up, my dad was a cow man and passed that down to me and here I am passing it down to my three sons — soon to be four sons, named after the guy that started it all. So it’s a pretty nice circle of life.”
The singer says he’s excited to have Christian join the “good foundation” that has been built with the other three boys, but he’s also looking forward to seeing Jessica become a mother to another child.
“I can honestly say that she’s a saint, and everyone around her knows it too,” he says of his wife. “She absolutely loves being a mom. It’s the toughest job on Earth, and I wish there was more adoration and homage paid to mothers because there’s not a more unselfish way of life than being a mom. It’s tough. And it’s worth it.”