"We've been waiting for this for a long time and can't tell you how thrilled and blessed we both feel," says Fairchild, who says Westbrook is a "natural" at fatherhood.
Baby Elijah Dylan Westbrook weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz., and was 19 and ¾ inches long.
"Karen is going to be an incredible mom," says Westbrook of his wife, who had earned a degree in early childhood education before pursuing a music career. "She has always been so good with children. Besides, she's done a great job raising me to become a responsible adult!"
Parenting advice for Fairchild, 42, and Westbrook, 39 – who tied the knot in 2006 – will be close at hand. Bandmates Kimberly Roads Schlapman and Phillip Sweet already each have daughters – Schlapman is mom to Daisy Pearl, 2 ½, with husband Stephen, and Sweet is dad to 2-year-old Penelopi Jane with wife Rebecca. The toddlers are veterans of the touring life, having hit the road with the country quartet soon after they were born.
"Our hearts are bursting with joy for Karen and Jimi," says Schlapman. "We have dreamed of this moment with them for a long time. We can't wait to welcome another little angel onto our bus."
And Elijah will need to get packing soon, since the quartet, whose single, "Little White Church" from their upcoming album will be released to radio next week, are on the road again in May, joining Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson and Jack Ingram on the Country Throwdown Tour.