STORK REPORT

Babies were booming, with even more on the way

The stork was one busy, busy bird in 2001. Brand-new bundles were delivered to country music star couples Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black, and Shania Twain and producer-hubby Robert John "Mutt" Lange.

Also on the stork's list were Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, Trace Adkins, Lonestar's Richie McDonald, Hal Ketchum, Oak Ridge Boy William Lee Golden and Tracy Lawrence.

Faith and Tim welcomed their third daughter, Audrey Caroline, in December, making the holidays even merrier for the McGraw household.

Proud papa Vince, whose baby daughter Corrina Grant Gill was born in March, admits he's never been happier. "There's a peace and calmness inside me," he reveals. "I am really enjoying investing more time in my home life. Most of my hard work is behind me, so I don't have to spend all my time on the road anymore. I won't have to miss so much - I can watch Corrina grow up."

It may also be hard to get doting dad Clint Black out of the house this year now that his daughter, Lily Pearl, born in May, is around. "The greatest joy I've experienced is making her laugh," notes Clint. "When I hide behind a chair and jump up to startle her, she belly laughs really hard!"

It seems there will be no rest for the stork, who already is plotting his drop-offs for 2002. Brothers Drew and Tim Womack of Sons Of The Desert - and, of course, their respective wives - are expecting March and April babes.

Some new parents say the stork would be welcomed back anytime. "We'd really like to have four kids," declares new mom Natalie Maines. "Maybe three of our own and adopt one."

Faith Hill goes even further. "We plan to have a very large family," she explains. "Actually, Tim and I plan to have a million children!"

The stork better get himself some assistants!

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