Maren Morris is soaking in every moment of her new life as a mom.
The country star, 30, and her husband, fellow singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd, 33, welcomed their first child together, son Hayes Andrew, in March. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Morris had to postpone her tour — but extra time with her new family of three is a silver lining.
"Even though it's bittersweet to not be touring right now, I do feel like it's a blessing that I get this time home for his first year of life," Morris tells PEOPLE of baby Hayes. "So that's been something that I actually treasure now."
"The Bones" singer wed Hurd in 2018, five years after they met while co-writing a song for Tim McGraw. And she says he's the perfect parenting partner.
"Ryan and I are both pretty laid back. We kind of lucked out having a very chill baby. We're pretty chill people, so maybe that's reflected in our kid," says Morris. "We're learning every day."
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The Grammy winner and first-time mom has been reading parenting guides.
"There are habits we're trying to break. Like, not talking to him in a high-pitched baby voice is so hard, but I don't want to talk to him like I do my dogs," she says of her and Hurd's pups, June and Pancake. "I was reading a French parenting book [that said] your kid isn't the boss, you are. That's been a thing we're trying to stick by."
At 6½ months, Hayes is reaching new milestones: His diet's expanding, and he'll soon be mobile.
"We have started him on some baby food. He's been pretty good with everything we've given him, so hopefully we don't have a picky eater," Morris adds. "I feel like he's just about to start to crawl. He's getting his butt in the air — I feel like he's about to launch forward!"
This week, the Grammy winner will get back on stage to kick off a new virtual concert series for members of Verizon Up, Verizon's customer loyalty program. Morris will headline a five-city remote tour, performed live from Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium, from Oct. 20-23. (Click here for dates and details.)
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Morris has also been getting back into the swing of things when it comes to songwriting and says motherhood has provided new inspiration.
"I've been writing a lot since my son was born, and I love songwriting — it's my first love," she says. "I feel a little bit freer writing right now because there's no deadline; there's no timeline."
Morris also says she feels less pressure writing this album compared to her major-label debut, HERO, and her last effort, GIRL, both of which were critically acclaimed.
"I actually am very obsessed with what I've been writing recently because I just feel like there's no pressure. I wrote my second record so fast on the road because I never stopped touring. I had to write it on the road and then I just felt like as proud as I am of my last album, it was definitely under a lot of pressure," she says. "My label has been really respectful and kind of left me alone. I feel like that's when artists make their best art is when no one's watching. So I'm really excited about what I've been churning out the last few weeks."
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