• MOTHER’S DAY 2018

    Mother’s Day is on Sunday (May 13th), and some of your favorite country artists are celebrating the mothers in their lives this weekend. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

    Here are some of your favorite country stars honoring all of the Moms out there with stories of their own.

    Audio / Brandon Lay says he probably gets his work-ethic from his Mom.

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    Brandon Lay (Mother’s Day) OC: …comes from her. :2
    “She works harder than anybody I’ve ever seen. She can outwork most 20-year-olds in the yard still. She grew up on a farm, and I think a lot of that just bulldog it and get it done attitude, I probably get from her. She’ll go from sunup to sundown, and she doesn’t complain, and that’s just so rare. I feel like the work ethic, as far as grind it out and get it done, that toughness comes from her.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood says she doesn't really have any Mother's Day traditions, but she sure enjoys being a Mom to Isaiah.

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    Carrie Underwood (Mother’s Day traditions) OC: …even more so. :40
    “We don’t really have like any Mother’s Day traditions. I feel like I remember me and Dad making breakfast for Mom like once as a kid. I’m pretty sure we just made a giant mess in the kitchen and we never did that again, so. Being on the other side of things, I obviously don’t expect anything from my three-year-old, but my husband’s really good at getting presents from quote unquote Isaiah. It’s really sweet, because he likes to bring me things. He’s such a sweet little guy, and anytime he’s outside, he’ll pick me flowers and things. So, I’m like, ‘You’re learning. You’ve already got me wrapped around your finger, and then you do stuff like that, and it’s even more so.’”

    Audio / Clare Dunn talks about the support and undying devotion her mom has for her and her sister.

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    Clare Dunn (Mother’s Day) OC: …in the world. :41
    “She is unrelenting in her love and her support, and even when we’re crazy kids and we screw up, it doesn’t matter. Her love knows no bounds. And her undying devotion to her kids – to my sister and I – always believing in us a million percent, always backing us up a million percent and helping us navigate life and navigate our dreams and helping us go towards that goal – those are some of the qualities that I hope to have some day as a mother, you know? And I’m so grateful I have THE best mom in the WORLD!”

    Audio / Darius Rucker talks about not disappointing his beloved mother, who passed away in 1992.

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    Darius Rucker (Mother’s Day) OC: …killed me. :17
    “I think that’s the main reason I am how I am…an innate fear of disappointing my mom.  My mom’s not even alive, and I have a fear of her looking down from heaven and going, ‘Man I’m just disappointed in my son.’ She could have said anything in the world to me, but if she would have said, ‘Son, you just disappointed me,’ That would have killed me. It would have killed me.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker’s mother, who passed away in 1992, was always the singer’s biggest supporter.

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    Darius Rucker (Mother) OC: …in my corner. :44
    “My mom was just always great. She worked a lot. She was a nurse and she worked a lot. She took a lot of overtime and stuff to make sure we could live basically, but she always just so supportive, ever since I was a kid. I was always a music kid. Growing up in an African-American neighborhood, I was never that guy who was gonna be pigeonholed to let people say I could only listen to this and I could only do this, because I was African-American. She always supported whatever I wanted to do, whatever I wanted to listen to, wherever I wanted to go, she always had my back. Going to college and everything, she was my biggest supporter and never let my brothers and sisters knock me down or try to tell me I can’t do this or that. All of my success comes because my mother was always in my corner.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley recognizes and appreciates how much work goes into being a mother.

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    Dierks Bentley (Mother’s Day – Cassidy) OC: …to have her. :31
    “It’s the toughest job out there being a mom, and I know from my life with my wife Cassidy. We work as a team together when I’m home, and it takes everyone to get the job done, me and her, working together. So, when I go on the road, I just have so much respect for her because it’s hard to do it right, if you want to do it great, and she does a great job with it. It’s really rewarding, but it’s also very challenging. I’m so thankful that she takes it on the way she does, and our kids are very lucky to have her.”

    Audio / Eric Church says he’s learned quite a bit from his mom.

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    Eric Church (Mother’s Day) OC: …as a man. :57
    “My mom, even though my dad won’t like this, my mom is by far the toughest person that I’ve met. She’s tough. One of those people that’s been through a lot in her life, adversity wise and never complains, always really resilient with anything that’s happened to her. And it’s just that attitude, the positive attitude, regardless of what has happened that I think is the one thing that I got from her. With career, she’s always been a person that’s been really positive through times that I couldn’t find a positive streak, [laughs] and she was always really positive, and very much believes in tough it out, keep working hard, and that’s her motto with stuff like that. I’ve always been impressed with that stuff. Then musically, she’s where I get my talent from, musically. She sings great, always has, her mom sang great. I owe my musical chops to her. And she still sings some. So, career-wise, I owe her everything. And just in life-wise she’s given me a lot of the qualities that it has taken for me to get me where I am. Not only as a musician, but as a man.”

    Audio / Eric Paslay talks about his mother, Donna.

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    Eric Paslay (Mother’s Day) OC: …it’s good. :21
    “I wanna thank my mom for giving me faith, laughter and pride in the family I came from. She’d be the fun Mom, just goofing off in the sprinklers outside or we’d go out and play in the rain and all that stuff growing up. She’s always good to be around; always happy, and it’s good.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi says his mother, Shelly, is an angel.

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    Jon Pardi (Mother’s Day) OC: …worrying about me. :29
    “My mom’s always been there for me. First of all, she’s a great mom. She’s an angel. She takes care of people that aren’t even in the family. She’s always been like that, and she’s a great mother. She’s always proud, and she’s always there supporting and being a great mom. She’s just a good human being. There’s not one mean bone in her body. And she cries about every time I talk to her. She always worries about me. I have to tell her, ‘Stop worrying about me.’”

    Audio / Jordan Davis says he’s a “Mama’s Boy” and hopes he has her kindness and positive outlook.

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    Jordan Davis (Mother’s Day) OC: …Mother’s Day. :30 [laughs]
    “I’m a Mama’s Boy. I love my Mom, and it’s the way she finds the good in everything. With my Mom, as opposed to finding anything negative, she’s gonna find something positive first. That’s something I really hope I can be more like her on; one of the many things I wish I could be more like my mom on. My mom, she loves flowers, so we’ll get her flowers or take her to, we’re slowly getting her into sushi, so we love to take Mom out to sushi spots on Mother’s Day.” [laughs]

    Audio / Keith Urban explains why his wife Nicole Kidman is an extraordinary mother to their two children, Sunday and Faith.

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    Keith Urban (Nicole is extraordinary mother) OC: …to see. :45
    “She’s an extraordinary mum, she really, really is. Those girls are very, very lucky, and I feel very lucky that the children I should have in this world happen to be with Nic. I don’t know anything about raising kids and Nic does, and that comes in extremely, um, it’s really made for an experience I wouldn’t have had without that. Her patience, her recognizing them as people and not just little kids is really extraordinary. Her attention to honoring their feelings and listening to them right from day one – really being attentive to that is not how I was raised at all, so it’s really beautiful to see.”

    Audio / With Mother’s Day on Sunday, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley explains he and his brothers – Josh and John -- owe their mother a lot for all of their childhood antics.

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    Charles Kelley {Mother) OC: …playing music. :23
    “We were honestly, at times, pretty hard to handle, both of us. We used to play our music loud up above on the second floor [of the house], bang on the drums and the guitar. And my mom’s just one of those people, she’ll do anything for her family and she sacrificed a lot for us boys. Anytime we needed something, she made it happen. And so, we owe her a lot. She’s definitely the reason we’re playing music.”

    Audio / Lauren Alaina says she can count on her mom for just about everything.

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    Lauren Alaina (Mom) OC: …same for her. :19
    “I honestly would not be able to do it without my mom. I get overwhelmed sometimes, and if she wasn’t there to comfort me or tell me, ‘Look just realize what you’ve got going for you,’ I’d be up the creek [without a paddle]. She’s got my back. My mom would walk through a fire pit for me, and I’d do the same for her.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild says being a mother to Elijah Dylan Westbrook is the best feeling in the world.

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    LBT (Mother’s Day-Karen) OC: …every day. :23
    “There isn’t anything that means more to me than sitting on the bench and eating a grilled cheese sandwich with this little guy who calls me Mama. There isn’t anything better than that. He’s just a little miracle. I went from dreaming about him to eating grilled cheese sandwiches and ketchup with him, and I could never have dreamed this up – how good it could be, and it just gets better every day.”

    Audio / Maddie & Tae’s Tae Dye said she pulled off a great Mother’s Day surprise a few years ago.

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    Maddie & Tae (Mother’s Day-Tae) OC: …was so fun. :25
    “To this day one of the best surprises I’ve ever pulled off was on Mother’s Day three years ago. ‘Cause my mom’s birthday always tends to fall on Mother’s Day Weekend – it’s coming up – and my mom and dad were coming into Nashville and I was like, ‘Okay-this has got to be a big weekend. It’s Mother’s Day, her birthday and the weather was going to be beautiful, so I planned this awesome surprise where we would drive first – she wouldn’t know where we were going, and then we ended up going canoeing down the Harpeth River [located south of Nashville] and it was so fun.”

    Audio / Shania Twain says it’s such a joy to be a parent.

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    Shania Twain (joy to be a parent) OC: …means everything. :14
    “It’s such a joy to be a parent. So, I relate to all the mums out there who are getting all their love and appreciation from their kids, and I hope, when you’re a kid, a child of somebody, show your mum you love her, because it means everything.”

    Audio / Travis Denning talks about what he and his Mom have in common.

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    Travis Denning (Mother’s Day) OC: …like crazy. :29
    “You know, my favorite thing about my mom, especially as I get older, is realizing how much me and her have in common. I just love that she’s passionate about music. She loves it. I mean, she’s turned me on to a lot of artists, but at the core like she’s still Mom. She reminds me to do things and does these things which that I couldn’t live without. I love that we get to be friends, we get to be best friends, but at the same time, she’s still Mom and she still loves me and my sister like crazy.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Darius, Dierks, Lady A, Luke, Keith, Brothers O

    Darius Rucker (May 25th), Dierks Bentley (June 12th), Lady Antebellum (July 6th) and Keith Urban (August 2nd) have all been tapped to perform during the Today Show’s Citi Summer Concert Series this year.

    Luke Bryan will appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday (May 7th).

    Darius Rucker will perform during the Grand Ole Opry’s Salute the Troops show May 22nd. He will be joined by Trace Adkins, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler and Lee Greenwood.

    Brothers Osborne will perform at Bonnaroo festival again this year, as part of the Grand Ole Opry show on June 10th in Manchester, Tennessee. LANCO, Ole Crow Medicine Show, Bobby Bare and the Del McCoury Band will also perform.

    Keith Urban performed “Never Coming Down” and “My Wave” from his brand new album, Graffiti U, on Late Night With Seth Meyers last week.

    Video / Keith Urban performs "Never Coming Down" on Seth Meyers

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    Video / Keith Urban performs "My Wave" on Set Meyers

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  • LADY ANTEBELLUM PICK UP THEIR FIRST TONY AWARD NOMINATION.

    The members of Lady Antebellum have scored their first Tony nomination for their song “Chop to the Top” that appears in the Spongebob Squarepants musical that opened on Broadway in December. A few years ago, they were asked to write a song for a particular scene in the musical.

    “The Spongebob musical opportunity kind of came about randomly. We got approached if we could write a song for it and they gave us the scene and kind of a direction. We wrote the song called ‘Chop to the Top’ [laughs], and it was funny, we didn’t hear much about it for so many years,” says Charles. “Those musicals must take forever to put together, because we were like, ‘Well, I guess it fell through,’ and all of a sudden, years later it resurfaced that it’s coming out. So, I can’t wait to see it. It’ll be fun to take the kids.”

    Other artists who contributed original songs to the production include Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, The Flaming Lips, John Legend and Cyndi Lauper, among others.

    The 72nd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, at 8pm ET on June 10th.

    The trio is currently making their way up the country charts with their latest hit, “Heart Break.”

    Audio / LADY ANTEBELLUM TALK ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MUSICAL.

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    Lady Antebellum (Spongebob musical) OC: …take the kids. :39
    CHARLES: “The Spongebob musical opportunity kind of came about randomly. We got approached if we could write a song for it and they gave us the scene and kind of a direction. We wrote the song called ‘Chop to the Top’ [laughs], and it was funny, we didn’t hear much about it for so many years. We wrote this…” DAVE: “It was before kids we wrote it.” CHARLES: “Yeah, way before kids.” HILLARY: “Eisele was a newborn. It was one of those first writing appointments we did after Eisele was born, ‘cause y’all came over to my basement.” CHARLES: “Those musicals must take forever to put together, because we were like, ‘Well, I guess it fell through,’ and all of a sudden, years later it resurfaced that it’s coming out. So, I can’t wait to see it. It’ll be fun to take the kids.”

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM IS CELEBRATING 10 YEARS SINCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM, AND WE’RE TAKING A LOOK BACK ALL WEEK: Need You Now

    The members of Lady Antebellum are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album. Today, we take a look back at their second No. 1 song, the international smash “Need You Now.” The band co-wrote the song with Josh Kear and produced it with Paul Worley. It was the lead-off single and title track for their second album, Need You Now, and was first released in the States in August 2009.

    “Need You Now” spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, won four Grammy Awards in 2011, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The song has been certified sextuple platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

    The trio is currently making their way up the country charts with their latest, “Heart Break,” which they performed on Sunday night’s ACM Awards.

    Audio / In 2010, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley talks about the band’s career song, “Need You Now,” which topped the Billboard Country Charts for five weeks.

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    Lady A (Need You Now) OC: …proud of it. :32
    “I mean, I don’t think you could ever expect something like that. I mean, the response from the get-go was so big, and I remember even having some conversations with the label and people were like, ‘I hope they don’t get offended by ‘I’m a little drunk and I need you now.’ And I was like, ‘But that’s honest. We’re talking about country radio, right?’ It’s story-telling, and I tell you, though, it’s been a career song for us for sure. We thought ‘Run to You’ was our career song, but honestly, after ‘Need You Now’ came out and to see what it’s done for us, it’s been really, really huge for our career and we’re just really proud of it.”

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  • LADY ANTEBELLUM CELEBRATE 10 YEARS SINCE THEIR RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM, AND WE’LL LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THEIR BIGGEST HITS THIS WEEK.

    The members of Lady Antebellum are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album. Released on April 15th, 2008, Lady Antebellum was produced by Paul Worley along with songwriter Victoria Shaw. At the time it was the first album by a new duo or group to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It produced several hits including “Love Don’t Live Here,” “Lookin’ for a Good Time” and their first chart-topping song “I Run to You.”

    The band is currently making their way up the country charts with “Heart Break,” the title of their latest album.

    Audio / Back in 2008, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley talked about their first No. 1 single, “Run to You,” which is from their self-titled debut album. The song is just as relevant today as it was 10 years ago.

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    Lady Antebellum (Run to You) OC: …this person. :28
    CHARLES: “I think for us, we just felt like it was time to say something a little deeper with our third single. We came out with just two really fun songs, in our opinion, but I don’t know. With ‘Run to You’ it has a lot of stuff that’s going on right now in the world. There’s a big feeling of uncertainty right now, and this song’s kind of about no matter whatever goes on, it’s nice to have someone to run to and you can kinda always fall into this person.”

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM SET TO HEADLINE MUSIC CITY’S FOURTH OF JULY EXTRAVAGANZA.

    Lady Antebellum will headline Nashville’s Fourth of July event, Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th celebration, which features one of the country’s largest fireworks shows in the world. Joining the Grammy-winning band will be Chris Janson, Lucie Silvas and many more.

    The free concert begins at 4pm and will span from downtown to Ascend Amphitheatre and the Riverfront.

    The members of Lady A are making their way up the country charts with their latest hit, “Heart Break.”

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  • KEITH URBAN AND LADY ANTEBELLUM ADDED TO THE LIST OF PERFORMERS AT THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

    Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum have been added to the list of performers at this year’s ACM Awards. They’re joined by Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton, as well as previously announced performers, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Bebe Rexha and Thomas Rhett. Presenters include New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, actress Rebecca Romijn, ET host Nancy O’Dell and Olympic Alpine Skier Lindsey Vonn.

    Keith is nominated in five categories, including Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year.

    The 53rd Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Dierks, Shania, Lady A, Jordan, Sam, Chris

    Dierks Bentley’s “Woman, Amen” was heard during Sunday night’s premiere of ABC’s American Idol.

    Shania Twain has signed on to be one of the judges on the reality series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, which features several female impersonators through a series of competitions and challenges.

    Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Jordan Davis and Scotty McCreery are among the artists performing during the 14th Annual Drive for Show Rock Fore! Dough concert April 3rd prior to the 2018 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. All proceeds will benefit The First Tee of Augusta, which strives to impact the lives of young people by creating affordable and accessible golf facilities.

    Sam Hunt won an iHeart Radio Award Sunday night for Country Song of the Year for his huge smash “Body Like a Back Road,” while Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1 picked up the award for Country Album of the Year.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Jon, Luke, Keith, Lady A

    Jon Pardi is set to perform his current single, “She Ain’t In It,” as well as his No. 1 hit “Heartache On the Dance Floor,” when he appears on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night (March 6th).

    Luke Bryan‘s appearance on ABC’s The View has been moved to Friday (March 9th).

    Keith Urban has been added to the lineup for the 10th Annual Nashville Honors Gala taking place March 26th and benefiting the TJ Martell Foundation. He joins  previously announced artists Lauren Alaina, Jeff Foxworthy and Charles Esten, among others. 

    Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, both of whom graduated from University of Georgia will give the commencement speech to UGA’s 2018 graduates. TV and Radio personality Ryan Seacrest, actor Kyle Chandler and journalist Deborah Norville are some of the school’s other famous graduates. This year’s graduation ceremony will be held May 4th at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia.

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM’S DAVE HAYWOOD FEELS LUCKY TO HAVE ‘A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY.’

    Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood is just over the moon with happiness for his growing family. His wife, Kelli, gave birth to their second child, daughter Lillie Renee, before Christmas.

    “We have our second child, and gosh, she is so precious. Her name is Lillie Renee. Lillie is my mom’s first name actually, and Renee is my mother-in-law’s middle name,” says Dave. “We’ve just been so blessed. She’s been beautiful; she’s sleeping great. She’s eating great; everybody’s healthy and happy. She’s really been a really sweet, easy baby so far. She’s actually sleeping two to three hours a night, which is hard. At the beginning, you’re up most of the night, but she’s been a champ so far and so cute, you know?”

    Dave does admit he’s out of his element when it comes to having a little girl, especially after the past few years with his son, Cash (Sept. 2014). “Getting to kind of, I don’t know, have her little nightgowns and little dresses already is totally new for me. I feel like I’m totally out of my element, but learning so much already. [We’re] just having a blast and so lucky to have such a beautiful family.”

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    Lady Antebellum, who are nominated for an ACM for Group of the Year, is currently making their way up the country charts with their latest song, “Heart Break.”

     

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood says his new daughter, Lillie Renee, is just such a sweet and easy baby.

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    Lady A (Dave on Lillie) OC: …beautiful family. :46
    “So, we have our second child, and gosh, she is so precious. Her name is Lillie Renee. Lillie is my mom’s first name actually, and Renee is my mother-in-law’s middle name. We’ve just been so blessed. She’s been beautiful; she’s sleeping great. She’s eating great; everybody’s healthy and happy. She’s really been a really sweet, easy baby so far. She’s actually sleeping two to three hours a night, which is hard. At the beginning, you’re up most of the night, but she’s been a champ so far and so cute, you know? Getting to kind of, I don’t know, have her little nightgowns and little dresses already is totally new for me. I feel like I’m totally out of my element, but learning so much already. [We’re] just having a blast and so lucky to have such a beautiful family.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood says his son, Cash, is an excellent big brother to baby sister Lillie Renee.

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    Lady A (Dave-Cash as a big brother) OC: …in love with her. :34
    “Cash loves being a big brother. You know, about once or twice a day, he’ll go over to her and say something really cute and kind of give her a hug and some cuddles and ask to hold her, want to help change a diaper or rock her, and then he goes back to playing with his monster trucks because she doesn’t really play with him. She just lays there. But he’s good for a few minutes a day, he’ll be so sweet and we’ll always try to snag a video of it. But he loves it. He loves telling people he’s a big brother. That’s kind of his thing. At school, he’ll tell everybody, ‘I’m a big brother,’ and it’s just so cute to watch him fall in love with her.”