Luke Combs and his wife Nicole Hocking are about to become first-time parents. And while the country superstar couldn’t be more thrilled about his impending role as a new father, he isn’t afraid to admit that getting ready for the couple’s baby on the way is also nerve-wracking.
“I’m a little nervous. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do. I got a lot on my plate,” an overwhelmed Combs, 31, recently told Bobby Bones of the planning process during a concert break at the Grand Ole Opry. “I’m uncovering things every day. I’m buying all kinds of clothes I didn’t know existed.”
Then, pointing out his signature look of a short-sleeved Columbia PGF, he added, “They don’t make PGF’s that small, but I’m gonna try to get them to make one.”
Also during the conversation, Combs revealed that he already started building the nursery to make room for all of the newly-added baby apparel, which will likely include onesies, socks, booties, and more. He also confessed that the entire planning process has introduced him to a whole new vocabulary, which now includes the word “bassinet.”
“It’s a lot of stuff man,” Combs explained. “I didn’t know what a bassinet was. But that’s a thing, apparently. A lot of new words I’m learning.”
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Thankfully, when it comes to needing guidance, Combs has some good buddies to lean on. And while he says he has already turned to a few people for parenting advice, he’s realizing his upcoming title as “dad” will involve doing more of the dirty work.
“It’s more like, ‘What do I need to be doing right now?’ I realized the baby just doesn’t need me at all,” Combs joked. “I’m just there to clean stuff, I think… It comes out and it’s like, ‘Why are you mouth breathing all over me? I don’t need you to be around.’”
Not being the go-to person for everything might be a blessing in disguise for Combs, though, as he recently visited several cities in Europe for C2C: Country To Country Festival.
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In a recent interview with Absolute Radio Country, Combs told presenter Baylen Leonard of some necessary adjustments made to his future touring schedule to accommodate the arrival of his son. Combs shared that his wife, who often accompanies him on the road, will likely take a step back from traveling with him to care for the couple’s son.
“Probably not at the very beginning, you know, just because it will be really hard, but my wife comes to almost every show.” Combs shared. “I enjoy her company, and she has liked being out there up to this point, and, obviously, that will probably change a little bit with the baby and stuff.”
Despite having a lot on his plate, Combs says he intends to spend as much time as he can with his family. So much so that he hopes to eventually bring them on the road.
“I would love to have them out as much as they want to be out, as much as they can be out,” he said. “You know, I think that’s important. I don’t want to be a dad that’s not around or the dad that you see on TV and go, ‘Oh, that is my dad, and that is where he is today, I guess.’ Family is important to me. I’d like to be the guy throwing the football to them.”
Combs and Hocking tied the knot in August of 2020 in Florida. On January 20, 2022, the couple announced they were expecting their first child, a baby boy, due in the Spring.
“Here we go y’all! Lil dude Combs is coming this Spring! Couldn’t be more excited to start a family with this babe. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride @nicolejcombs,” Combs wrote at the time on Instagram, alongside a maternity shot of the mom-and-dad-to-be holding up a sonogram snapshot of their soon-to-be-newborn.
“This may be the best year yet. Baby BOY Combs coming spring 2022!” Nicole wrote, posting the same photo on her Instagram page. “We are so incredibly excited & thankful.”
In a recent Instagram Q&A, Nicole revealed that they are still working on a name for their son and plan to announce it upon his arrival.