The couple had even named the baby. "Her name, Eleanora Lindsey," Clay Walker said.
Clay Walker and his wife Jessica were ecstatic to welcome their 6th child into the world. The two are already parents to Christiaan, 2, Ezra, 5, Elijah 10, Mary-Elizabeth, 13, and William, 14. Walker is also a dad to two adult daughters, Skylor and MaClay, from a previous relationship. "We are beyond excited about having a little girl!" Walker wrote in a press release per Taste of Country. "Her brothers and sisters are awaiting her arrival. God is great!"
However, the joyful moment for the family was short-lived as Jessica suffered a pregnancy loss at 20 weeks. "We had her room ready, her clothes bought — everything, and her name, Eleanora Lindsey," the multi-platinum artist told PEOPLE from his home in Texas. "So, it was a nightmare and still is for my wife. We were at 20 weeks, and we'd already made it through the toughest part. We've had five successful full-term pregnancies and five beautiful children. It's tough."
The couple was not expecting things to take a terrible turn as the baby had shown no signs of distress. "We had the 13-week checkup and we saw her doing acrobats," the If I Could Make a Living artist shared. "We were laughing so hard because she was so active. And just everything was so perfect." After they lost the baby they relied on their faith and support group to help heal. "We've got a great friend group that's been there for us, you know, a lot of prayer," he said. "And we've had a lot of prayer internally in our home. But still, you know, I could talk all day about this."
Walker who has been married to Jessica, 40, for 15 years felt devasted not just for himself but for his wife too. "I just don't know how moms make it through the rest of their lives with that kind of pain," he confessed. "It's just so, so deep. And you know, as a husband and a father, not being able to do anything about it, not being able to protect my wife's feelings or the baby, sucks." He compared the devastating feeling to being "run over by a train and just watching my wife suffer through that," added the singer. "I feel for all the women out there who have been through a miscarriage, just because you're losing a child."
The singer knows a thing or two about hardships in life having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996. He said he "never asked God 'why' but you know if I make it to heaven, [asking why this had to happen to us] is going to be my first question. There's no understanding this for me, and especially for a mom that's the greatest mom. She just tries to be the best mom and wife that she can be. It's unfair," he concluded.
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