Welcome to the world, baby girl! Almost ten years after giving birth to her first daughter, Daisy, Little Big Town singer Kimberly Schlapman welcomed her second daughter to the world with husband Stephen.
Kimberly announced the arrival of their daughter on social media with a sweet family photo with the caption, “The New Year brought our family new love. We’re so excited to introduce you to Daisy’s little sister, Dolly Grace.”
The announcement stunned fans, with many saying, “I didn’t even know you were pregnant!” In fact, we had just seen her, days prior, singing the National Anthem at the College Football National Championship with no baby bump!
According to Womanista, the couple adopted the baby girl in a “domestic adoption”. Dolly joins the second generation of Little Big Town, which includes her big sister, Philip Sweet’s daughter Penepoli, and Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild’s son Elijah.
Lots of fans loved the fact that she made the announcement herself, without a professional photoshoot, and kept the adoption proceedings a secret. The singer leads a pretty private life, so that didn’t surprise some die-hard fans. Kimberly and Stephen were married in 2006 and welcomed daughter Daisy Pearl one year later. Kimberly was previously married to Steven Roads, Little Big Town’s attorney until he suddenly passed away in 2005 from a heart attack.
She spoke with The Boot about finding true love while mourning the death of her husband.
“I wasn’t planning on falling in love, at all,” Schlapman said. “I didn’t want to … I wasn’t sure that I ever would. So, my husband now and I were just really good friends, and after my late husband died, all my friends were calling me, all the time. Just checking up on me. He was just an old friend. We had known each other for about six years, and he started calling me just like everybody else did. But he started calling me more than everybody else did [laughs].”
She also credits him for helping heal her.
“I was shocked; I remember when I first realized that I was having feelings, I just thought, ‘OK, this is so weird. What is this? I haven’t felt this in a long, long time,’” she added. “But eventually I allowed myself, and it’s been the most beautiful gift of my life. It pulled me out of the deepest hole that I’ve ever been in and healed me.”
And now, over 10 years later, their family is complete. Welcome to the world, Dolly Grace! You are already so loved! See their first family photo below.