Brantley Gilbert isn’t known for his softer side, but since he learned he was going to be a dad, he’s been fighting tears.
“I’m not an emotional guy, but this has got me crying like a baby,” he told People, exclusively. “I’m pretty good around other folks now, but when I’m by myself, if I look at one of the pictures from the doctor’s office, I lose a few tears.”
The pregnancy was a total — joyful — surprise as he and his wife Amber had been trying for a baby since they married in June 2015.
“We’d been to see a fertility specialist, and two different folks that told me it would be close to a miracle if it happened without IVF,” he says. “I’m not much of a quitter, but I was really, really frustrated.”
Fatherhood comes at a time when he can truly appreciate it. “This Dec. 18 will be five years without drinking for me,” he says. “I got a long way away from the things that I was raised to prioritize: being a husband and a good father. Coming back to that and this happening, especially unexpectedly … My heart just feels full.”