July 11, 2014 09:00 AM

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Gina Glocksen has her own little idol!

The American Idol alum welcomed her first child with husband Joe Ruzicka on Thursday, July 10, PEOPLE confirms.

Born in Chicago, daughter Daenerys Josephine arrived at 7:47 a.m., weighing in at 8 lbs., 4 oz. and is 20.5 inches long. The couple plan to call her Dany.

It’s been a month full of celebration for Glocksen, who now performs with Ballroom with a Twist — her birthday was on July 4, two days after her official due date.

And while the pregnancy announcement came at a special time for the family — as Glocksen’s mother, Nancy Glowacki, was preparing for double bypass surgery — the couple wanted to wait to surprise everyone with baby’s sex.

“We feel it’s life’s ultimate surprise! I’ve always had a vision of the doctor in scrubs walking into the waiting room telling our family, ‘It’s a ___!’ ” she told PEOPLE in December.

Ultimately, the couple did find out ahead of time — “We caved, but it’s our little secret,” Glocksen said — but eventually shared the sex of the baby via Instagram. The new mom shared the first photos of her newborn on the social media platform Thursday evening.

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— Anya Leon with reporting by Monica Rizzo

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