Carlin Bates Stewart and her husband Evan are celebrating the birth of their first child, daughter Layla Rae Stewart. The baby girl was born Friday, January 31st at 3:56 PM ET at 18 inches long and weighing 5 lbs., 13 oz.

The new parents told the following to US Weekly:

“How do you describe an experience so emotionally intense and so magically wonderful as welcoming a brand new baby into the world? We feel like our lives just became incredibly busy, but unimaginably blessed with little Layla Rae’s arrival! She has already consumed our thoughts and intentions for these past pregnancy months and now, no day will ever be the same without her! Although she came earlier than we expected, this is the best kind of celebration we have ever experienced, and we are so in love with our new role as parents!”

See beautiful family photos in our gallery below. (PHOTO CREDIT: Taryn Yager)

Layla Rae is already surrounded by numerous Bates family cousins, but there is another one on the way with Tori (Bates) Smith and her husband Bobby expecting their second child — a second baby boy — in April.

Follow all of the big life moments for the Bates family in episodes of “Bringing Up Bates” on UPtv. Don’t miss the Season 9 premiere Thursday, March 5 at 9 PM ET.

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