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.”
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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.”