One of Bachelor Nation’s most popular couples just returned the love to fans in a major way: by letting them help pick their baby’s name.
Jade Roper Tolbert and Tanner Tolbert welcomed their second child on Monday, July 29, though they didn’t announce the name of their baby boy until later that week. In an Instagram post on Thursday, Jade revealed that their child was named Brooks Easton Tolbert, weighing in at 7lbs 9oz at the time of his birth.
For fans who follow the Tolberts on Instagram, the name isn’t entirely a surprise. In the days leading up to Brooks’s birth, Jade posted a series of polls where her followers could vote on potential names for their newest “Tiny Tolbert.” Among the contenders were Lance, Caden, Reed, and, of course, Brooks and Easton.
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It’s official! Say hello to Brooks Easton Tolbert! 👶 Born July 29th at 10:31 pm in our home, weighing 7lbs 9oz and 20 inches long! He has been the sweetest baby and we are soaking in every single moment! (Thank you @shophighway3 for his beautiful and soft personalized baby blanket! We absolutely love it! Use TINYTOLBERT for 20% off a personalized blanket for someone special, too)
In an interview with E! News, Tanner said that the couple liked “B” and “R” names the most, but ultimately, the final decision would be up to his wife. “Since she's the one that pushed him out, she can decide between those two names,” he reasoned. Seems fair to us!
Allowing fans be a part of this huge decision wasn’t the only memorable detail of Brooks’s birth; as Bachelor host Christ Harrison put it, Jade had “the most dramatic delivery ever.” The baby boy arrived so quickly that the couple didn't have time to get to the hospital, leaving Jade to give birth on the floor of their walk-in closet.
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I gave birth at home last night accidentally, in our master closet. I’ve been still processing the shock of this all, as this was not all at what I had planned, but I am so so thankful for each person who helped bring our son into the world safely. I’ll share my whole birth story soon, but long story short, my waters broke and 75 minutes later I gave birth to our healthy baby boy while clutching a bench in our closet. It was one of the scariest moments of my life because I felt so out of control, but Tanner, Tanner’s mom, my mom and the medics and firefighters kept me going when I felt like the world was caving in on me and my unborn baby. Y I was going to share the happy, cute Instagrammable pics first, but this felt right to me. So incredibly grateful for the support system we had and for this beautiful boy I get to hold in my arms.
“It’s surreal. I’m still having trouble processing it,” Jade said in an interview with People, explaining that her water broke on Monday night (as she and Tanner were watching The Bachelorette finale). “I thought I was going to get in the bath and then we’d go…. But then I got out of the tub and my contractions were so intense I couldn’t even keep on top of them.”
Ultimately, the couple realized that their baby wasn’t going to wait. With the help of paramedics and Tanner’s mom, their healthy baby arrived right there in the Tolberts’ home. “I mentally kind of lost it at one point,” Jade told People of the entire ordeal. “But luckily, I had a really great team behind me. They were my strength in the moment. And it just feels so right to have our son here. It feels like he’s been a part of our family forever.”
Jade and Tanner met on the set of 2015’s Bachelor in Paradise. They tied the knot in January 2016 in a televised Valentine’s Day special celebrating The Bachelor’s 20th season. They welcomed their first daughter, Emerson Avery, in August 2017.
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