The country singer and his fiancée Katherine Cook are expecting their first child this fall, the American Idol alum confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

By peoplestaff225
February 13, 2014 02:00 PM

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Bucky Covington is going to be a dad!

The country singer and his fiancée, publicist Katherine Cook, are expecting their first child this fall, the American Idol alum confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Though the soon-to-be dad, 36, admits the news did take a minute to sink in at first.

“Katherine came and threw a pregnancy test in front of me — three of them actually — and they all said the same thing. The only problem was I didn’t know what they were! I was like, ‘What is this? Are you okay?'” Covington tells PEOPLE. “So she told me and I got so excited!”

The musician and Cook, 30, are eager to find out the sex of their baby.

“I want to know right now! I want to say ‘he’ or ‘she’ — I hate saying ‘it,'” explains Covington.

While waiting for baby’s arrival, Covington — who says he “freaks out” when people ask him to hold their babies at meet and greets because “they’re so fragile!” — is preparing for fatherhood with a little help from an unexpected source.

“I’ve been watching a bunch of episodes of Modern Family and they seem to help a lot. I love Phil Dunphy! I don’t know that I need to be exactly like him, but he’s a trip,” jokes Covington. “I’m definitely going to be a fun dad, but there’s going to be boundaries.”

— Danielle Anderson

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