Brett Young Reveals He Felt His Baby Girl Kick for the First Time: ‘We Are So Blessed’

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Brett Young is one proud papa-to-be.

The “Mercy” singer walked the red carpet Wednesday evening at the 2019 CMT Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, alongside his pregnant wife Taylor, who glowed as she showed off her baby bump under a belly-hugging, dusty rose dress. Young, meanwhile, looked handsome in a blue suit and black T-shirt.

Ahead of the show, the couple opened up about Taylor’s pregnancy on the red carpet. During CMT’s pre-show livestream, Young revealed he has gained some weight along with his expectant wife – and quipped he has been “dressing a sympathy baby bump.”

“Everybody talks about it like it’s a joke, but I gained like 13 lbs. in the first two months,” Young, 38, said. “This whole sympathy weight is a real thing!”

The singer and his wife are enjoying balancing work as they prepare to welcome their baby.

“It’s been hectic but it’s like all of the things you would put on a dream board. Like if you put everything you want to do in your life on a board and check them off, we’re checking them off so fast. We didn’t know that getting to do that meant busy as crap but we’re very happy,” Young told PEOPLE.

The Nashville star also revealed his growing family met another milestone recently: He felt his baby kick for the first time.

“Life moves so fast right now that the sort of moment that the baby kicking brings you back to reality a little bit and you have a check moment,” he told PEOPLE at the show. “We look forward to those. Tonight actually was one for me career-wise, but yesterday morning I got to feel my baby kick for the first time. Life is so good and moving so fast, but we are so blessed.”

Taylor added: “It feels surreal. We’re starting to feel her move and we live for that. Each day we’re like, ‘Oh my god, she’s moving again.’ We’re so excited for the whole experience. It’s going to be a life changer but I think we’re ready for it.”

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Young was nominated for CMT performance of the year alongside Boyz II Men for “Motownphilly (From CMT Crossroads)” – and he reunited with the R&B legends to perform the collaboration at the show.

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Young and Taylor, 31, shared their pregnancy news exclusively with PEOPLE in April, when the country star explained that the pair – who tied the knot in November – “have always shared the same heart for wanting a family.”

“I love knowing that we get to give this little one an amazing life, and I just can’t wait for the future ahead of us as a family. We are so blessed!” he said.

The couple revealed that Taylor is pregnant with a baby girl on Instagram later that month, sharing a slow-motion video that showed the mom-to-be tossing a baseball in her husband’s direction.

Young swung a bat and made contact on the first try, causing the ball to explode into a cloud of pink smoke before the couple shared a sweet embrace.

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The future father was all smiles on April 7 as he and his pregnant wife posed for photos ahead of the 2019 ACM Awards in Las Vegas, wearing a creatively checkered suit. Taylor, meanwhile, rocked a three-quarters-sleeve purple minidress, completing the look in silver heels and a matching clutch.

“We couldn’t have her in a dress and not explain why [she has a bump]. It hasn’t been donut month,” Young joked to PEOPLE on the red carpet ahead of the show, placing his hand on Taylor’s belly. “There’s actually a baby in here.”

Of deciding to start a family so soon after their nuptials, Taylor explained, “We’ve known each other for quite a while and at our age, I think we were just ready to start a family. We’re like, ‘We’ve lived a pretty good, fun, selfish life!’ So I think we’re ready to take the next step.”

The 2019 CMT Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 5, at 8 p.m. ET.