William Kenneth Alphin (Big Kenny) and his wife, Christiev, just expanded their family with a new addition, Dakota Jefferson Holiday Alphin – phew, is that a lot to
The adopted son has brought joy and happiness to the Alphin family.
“When they put Dakota in our arms, he has the most beautiful smile, and the moment Kenny started talking to him, Dakota lunged toward him,” Christiev tells PEOPLE of their baby boy, now 9-months-old. “We both looked at each other and it was like, ‘Of course he is our son.’ “
Big Kenny and his wife had 4½-year-old son, Lincoln William, together, but decided to adopt after being unsuccessful in trying for a second child.
“Having Lincoln as an only child was wonderful but I come from a large family and I didn’t want him alone,” says Christiev, 47. “Even when Kenny and I were dating I asked him about adoption and he said absolutely, so our hearts and minds were open.”
Lincoln “has had to learn how to be a sibling,” but he’s a quick study. “Lincoln is in love with him – he says Dakota is going to play keyboards in his band,” she says. “He’s aware of a beautiful responsibility.”
Even though Dakota is new to the family, he seems to fit right in.
“This child is so happy and so boisterous,” she says. “He lunges to kiss and hug and he sings all the time!”