July 24, 2015 07:05 PM

Courtesy Kiptyn Locke

Kiptyn Locke‘s little buddy has arrived!

The former Bachelorette contestant and his girlfriend Samm Murphy welcomed their first child, son Koltyn Murphy Locke, on Thursday, July 16, he announced on social media shortly after the birth.

“I promise to be there for you, always. To put you first, support you and be someone you can count on — no matter the situation, time or place – I’ll be there for you,” the first-time father wrote alongside a photo of the new dad cuddling his sleeping son.

“Your happiness will always be enough to make me happy. You will never be alone in this world. I promise to show you how looking out for those around you, whether best friends or strangers, makes our world a better place.”

On Wednesday, Locke shared a collages of candids to celebrate Koltyn’s first week of life. “Countless hours in my arms or sleeping in my lap and I’m freaking myself out on how long I can just stare at him,” he captioned the photo.

“So many unknowns in this experience and journey. I’m feeling beyond lucky that he is healthy and loves his Dad and his Mom so much. Can’t wait for the adventures ahead.”

Locke, 37, confirmed the pregnancy in March, and had nothing but praise for Murphy, who runs a medical distribution business.

“She’s incredibly intelligent, very active, very compassionate and self-motivated, a loyal friend to everyone that I know that’s close to her. She’s a really admirable person,” he told PEOPLE.

And having an unusual moniker himself, Locke was looking forward to carrying on the tradition with his firstborn.

“We’ve been looking at some K names that are kind of similar to mine, actually,” he shared.

In honor of Mother’s Day, the dad-to-be took to Instagram to share his excitement over the pending arrival of his little one.

“Thankful on this Mother’s Day for this mama-to-be and the incredible gift we’ll be sharing together this Summer,” he captioned a selfie of Murphy cradling her bump. “I can’t wait to meet our son.”

— Anya Leon

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