Jay DeMarcus is excited to back home with his family — and newborn son Dylan Jay!
The Rascal Flatts bassist revealed the details of the whirlwind of his son’s early surprise arrival.
He told PEOPLE, “It’s been a blur, to be honest.”
Jay was in Detroit preparing for a show when wife Allison, a CMT personality, called from their Nashville home to report she needed to go in for an emergency c-section.
Jay said, “I immediately went into panic mode.”
But he got to the hospital in Nashville in time to be there with Allison through the delivery and was able to hold his new baby boy for a brief 20 minutes before he had to fly back to Detroit to hit the stage for the show.
He said, “My wife was still on the operating table so it was very, very hard to leave, but we had a sold-out show and four acts out with us. I wanted to keep my commitment and my wife gets that.”
DeMarcus got to the hospital with just over an hour to spare, but was left with only 20 minutes to hold his newborn before flying back to Detroit to perform.
He revealed, “I had a police escort when I hit the ground and got there 30 minutes before we went on stage, so I just left my scrubs on. The crowd was very sweet and gave me a standing ovation!”
After performing two more shows over the course of the weekend, Jay returned home to his family — including the newest member.
He told PEOPLE, “I literally got back [Monday] morning and Dylan’s been in my arms all day. It’s made the stressful weekend worth it to come back and hold him. It’s finally sinking in that I’ve got a boy that’s going to carry on our family name and I’m so thrilled to have little Dylan in our lives.”
But he’s not the only one! Big sister Maddy is thrilled to have a baby brother.
Jay said, “I picked her up first and brought her over and it was the most amazing thing I ever witnessed. Ali was holding Dylan, and Maddy went, ‘Baby! Baby! Hi, Baby!’ and started waving at him. She leaned over and kissed him on the cheek and patted his little hand.”
He added, “It was one of those moments I’ll never forget as long as I live.”
Do you want a son so he can carry on your (or your man’s) name?