Kirk and Julie Cousins finally welcomed their firstborn child, Cooper, into the world Friday evening.

Cousins exited Redskins Park in a hurry Thursday afternoon after receiving a text from his expectant wife. By Friday, the baby hadn’t arrived, and Cousins intended to return for practice, but “those at the birth center were telling us that it could come in the next half-hour, the next hour.”

“That isn’t what ended up happening,” he said. “But they led us to believe that it might be, and so I stayed and Colt Face-Timed me into one of the meetings and I was able to get caught up on some of the third-down plan. And obviously today (Saturday) I got here early and played a little catch-up. I thought practice was pretty productive today and got us going in the right direction.”

Cousins was all smiles recounting his journey to reporters on Saturday. The pregnancy went well, he says — “Julie was a champ, did a great job, and just so grateful that everything turned out well” — reporting Cooper Cousins weighed in at nine pounds, six ounces.

“A lot of answered prayers,” he said. “Julie’s been so positive all the way through it. She’s been so disciplined and has really just been a joy throughout the nine months.”

“I’m sure many of you who are dads and moms know it’s a special experience,” he said. “I texted the coaches afterwards and I said, ‘That was the top experience of my life so far.’ So I guess that says it all.”

“Now the next chapter of our life begins,” he added. “One chapter ends, through the pregnancy, and another chapter begins.”

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