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Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts Talks About Parenthood

Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus and his wife Allison welcomed their daughterMadeline Leigh into the world on December 17, 2010. The baby was born via emergency cesarean at 37 weeks.

When the couple found out that they were having a little girl, Jay was beyond excited about it. Allison tells People that she congratulated him on the victory: “I looked at Jay and said, ‘Well, you win.’ And he was like, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘Because girls always love their daddy to death. She’ll get mad at her mother, but daddy can do no wrong’”.

Jay goes on to say, “Add to that I’m working on the road and gone a lot, so she’ll always be glad to see me! It’s like a special occasion.”

The couple says that Madeline looks just like her daddy:  “[Her hair] was coal black and she looked just like Jay!” says Allison. “She still does. My sister calls her Jayline!”

Jay had some doubts about whether or not the couple was ready for parenthood. “Pulling away from the hospital, I just wanted to say to the nurses, ‘Are you sure about this? I don’t think either one of us is trained to do this.’”

Allison wasn’t around the first time that Jay was on daddy duty and didn’t know what to do. “It was a Sunday afternoon and she was crying. And I’m mentally going through the checklist of everything you’re supposed to do when a baby cries, and nothing worked,”

He goes on to say: “That was a moment when I stared at her and thought, ‘Now what? I am not qualified! I don’t know what to do. This is not a passing phase. I am responsible for this life for the rest of my life!’ It can be pretty daunting.”

Yes, parenting can be overwhelming sometimes. But it sounds like so far Jay and Allison are doing great! Want to see pictures of baby Madeline and her fit-for-a-princess bedroom? You can here.

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