My Little Man

After a health scare with his infant son, life is sweet for Luke Bryan and his family.

Luke Bryan’s first child, Bo, had a scary stomach surgery when he was just 5 weeks old. But now, Luke, wife Caroline and their first child are all healthy, happy and enjoying their first few months together (Bo was born March 18). CW recently spent some time with Luke’s young family and chatted with the doting dad about life since Bo’s arrival. Here’s some of what he had to say.

CW
Now that you’re a dad, do you understand more why your folks always worried about you . . . and probably still do?
LB
Yeah, you understand. I remember tellin’ my mom and dad, “Chill out, chill out. Quit worryin’.” But it’s kinda impossible to do that. So, we’re enjoyin’ every second of it. It’s a totally different life. It’s fun not living for yourself anymore. You’re livin’ for something else.
CW
How’s your diaper changing technique?
LB
I do pretty well. I’ve got it down. With the little boys, you’ve gotta be careful or they’ll surprise you! (laughs) But I don’t think about it much. If he’s wet and he’s fussin’ you gotta get it off there and get him back happy.
CW
Has being a dad inspired any songs you probably wouldn’t have written before Bo came along?
LB
Not yet. I’ve thought of some, but I haven’t had a chance since he’s been here to sit down and start writing. But I’m sure they’re on the way. It’ll be fun to write ‘em. I actually wrote a song kinda centered around havin’ a child before he was born; he was on the way. So we wrote one called “I’ll Never Be the Same Again.” It talks about seein’ my wife for the first time, in the moment . . . I’ll never be the same again. And seein’ your child for the first time . . . I’ll never be the same again. It’s pretty cool, so I’ve already kinda written a little song about him.
CW
Are you a patient guy? Can you deal with the occasional really loud crying spell?
LB
You know what, it’s amazing how you have to really sit back and take a breath. Caroline obviously is much better than me. But I sit there and try to be calm and just try to get him calmed down, and sometimes that doesn’t work and you’ve just gotta sit there and tough it out. But it’s all worth it.
CW
How’s his voice . . . noticed any musical ability yet?
LB
He’s got very strong vocal chords . . . I have noticed that! (laughs) But I sat down at my piano the other day, and I held him in one arm and just played some chords with the other hand. And boy, he calmed right down and sat there and looked at me. So that may be one of the tricks, which is good . . . I get to practice some of my piano runs and calm him down at the same time . . . two birds with one stone!
CW
What do you want out of life for Bo?
LB
Just health and church on Sundays and a relationship with God. Everything to go his way, but also an understanding that everything don’t go your way. Life’s up and down from the time you get here to the time you leave. I just want him to have the opportunities I’ve had and to go after dreams like I’ve been able to do. That’s been the neatest thing about what I do, seeing how proud you’re able to make your parents. To know that I’ve made my parents as proud as I have is pretty cool. I hope he can follow a dream that can do the same for me.

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