Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, welcomed a son, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, on Sunday in Palmer, Alaska. The little boy weighed 7 lb., 4 oz.
“We think it’s wonderful,” said Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol’s grandmother Sally Heath, who confirmed the news. “The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited.”
Baby Tripp takes his surname from his dad, Levi Johnston, an apprentice electrician and former Wasilla High School hockey player who has been dating Bristol for three years.
Bristol is currently residing in Wasilla and completing her high-school diploma through correspondence courses.
Levi is studying to become an electrician. He told the Associated Press in October that he and fiancée Bristol plan to wed in 2009 and raise the child together.
When the news of the pregnancy broke, Bristol’s parents said their daughter “came to us with news that we as parents knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned.” They added, Bristol “has our unconditional love and support.”