Congratulations are in order for Brantley Gilbert and his wife, Amber, who are expecting their first child. The pair has struggled with infertility since they married in June, 2015, making this baby a miracle. “We’d been to see a fertility specialist, and two different folks that told me it would be close to a miracle if it happened without IVF,” he says to PEOPLE. “I’m not much of a quitter, but I was really, really frustrated.”
“I’m not an emotional guy, but this has got me crying like a baby,” Gilbert told PEOPLE. “I’m pretty good around other folks now, but when I’m by myself, if I look at one of the pictures from the doctor’s office, I lose a few tears.”
Amber surprised him with the news in February, he says. “She handed me a box and there were three pregnancy tests in there and all of them were positive. I think I stared at it for at least two minutes without saying anything because I was literally in shock. We’d been told it was just not in the cards, and I’m staring at this answer to many, many, many prayers.”
The newest member of the Gilbert clan is due to arrive November 17 and will be raised outside of Jefferson, Georgia.