Taylor Earnhardt Putnam‘s race to motherhood is complete!
A rep for the professional rodeo competitor confirmed to PEOPLE exclusively that Sage Nicole Putnam was born in Mooresville, North Carolina, on Tuesday, July 12, at 5:27 a.m.
The daughter of Earnhardt Putnam and husband Brandon Putnam came into the world weighing 6 lbs., 11 oz., and measuring 19 inches long.
“Brandon and I wanted a name that was unique,” Earnhardt Putnam, 27 — who is the daughter of Teresa Earnhardt and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. — tells PEOPLE exclusively.
“We heard the name Sage one day and were pretty well set on it from that moment. And Nicole is my middle name and they just went together so well.”
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Putnam Earnhardt and her husband revealed the news of their first child’s upcoming arrival exclusively to PEOPLE in May. The couple were married at the Earnhardts’ Mooresville, North Carolina, private estate in 2012, and held a gender reveal party at the same location.
“Labor and delivery was a long process but worth every painful moment that paved the way for this incredible reality,” Earnhardt Putnam says.
“Being a mom is like nothing I’ve ever imagined,” she adds. “I’ve always cared and taken care of animals big and small, but this is a completely different experience. It is both rewarding and humbling at the same time.”
“Brandon and I are so happy to welcome Sage into the world!” Putnam Earnhardt wrote on Instagram next to a July 19 photo of her hand holding baby Sage’s tiny one.
“There are no words to describe how much our lives have been made better by this baby girl,” she continued. “I can’t wait to watch her as she grows!”
— Jen Juneau with reporting by Anya Leon