John Jeffers' rep confirmed the couple was expecting their first child exclusively to PEOPLE in May

By Jen Juneau
Updated November 25, 2020 11:15 AM
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John Jeffers' son Jag Wilder
| Credit: John Jeffers/Instagram. Inset: Hope Jeffers/Instagram

Jag Wilder Jeffers has entered the building!

Whiskey Myers member John Jeffers welcomed his first child, a son, with wife Hope on Sunday, Nov. 22, the couple announced on Instagram Tuesday.

Their new addition arrived at 3:13 p.m., measuring 20 inches and weighing "8 lbs., 2 oz. of perfection," his proud mom shared alongside a snapshot of a sleeping Jag — who wears an adorable "BORN TO ROCK" beanie.

"He's a strong one! Decided to prove that to us on Sunday," Jeffers captioned his announcement post. "Welcome to the world my son! We've been waiting on you. 🖤"

"This perfect boy has surpassed all of our greatest prayers. We are beyond in love. Hand picked by God and his guardian angels," Hope wrote on her post. "It had to be him. 🖤✨."

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The guitarist and vocalist revealed his pregnancy news exclusively through PEOPLE in May, sharing a collection of photographs featuring the couple posing with a sign reading, "We Never Gave Up."

"My wife Hope and I are blessed to say we are pregnant," said Jeffers. "This is an answered prayer during one of the most uncertain times, not only in the music industry but throughout the world."

Other snapshots shared with PEOPLE show the then-parents-to-be (who tied the knot in October 2017) embracing, holding up ultrasound photos and posing with their adorable pup.

"My new 'job' consists of holding [Hope's] hair back during morning sickness, Taco Bell runs and major decision-making between chocolate pudding or chocolate ice cream," joked the "Gasoline" hitmaker. "God truly does work in mysterious ways."

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Of the sign's special meaning, Jeffers explained that he and Hope tried for a year and a half to conceive naturally, with his wife "going to numerous doctors" before they turned to an alternative-medicine practice that many have credited with helping them achieve pregnancy.

"We really wanted to try as hard as we could to conceive naturally and our last try was with a fertility acupuncturist. After a few months of weekly sessions with her, waaalahhhhh, pregnant!" the country musician said.

Whiskey Myers released their self-titled fifth studio album in September 2019. The record saw Jeffers — along with bandmates Cody Cannon, Cody Tate, Jeff Hogg, Jamey Gleaves and Tony Kent — completely in the driver's seat as they served as producers for the first time.

Throughout their 13-year career, the band surrounded themselves with the talents of a team of producers — notably, Grammy-winner Dave Cobb — on their last two albums: 2014's Early Morning Shakes and 2016's Mud.