Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Jamie Lynn Says, "We Want To Give The Baby The Most Normal Life She Could Ever Have"
After spending the last year watching her sister Britney Spears struggle to overcome the pitfalls of fame and, at just 16, announcing her own pregnancy with boyfriend Casey Aldridge, Jamie Lynn Spears tells OK! exclusively that she plans to lead a much more low-key life with her new baby daughter. "More than anything, I just want this baby to have a normal life," Jamie Lynn, 17, told OK!.
And she stayed true to her word when, in the pre-dawn hours of June 21, just two days after her birth, Maddie Briann Aldridge got her first taste of celebrity. Barely 48 hours old, Maddie and her mom, Jamie Lynn were the stars of a finely choreographed dance meant to fool the paparazzi and allow the pair to get home safely without the kind of mad crush that greeted big sis Britney when she tearfully returned to L.A. from Louisiana 12 hours earlier.
State troopers, private security detail and Jamie Lynn look-alikes were all used to sneak mom and baby out of Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb, Mississippi, and back to their new home in Liberty. The ruse was pulled off successfully with the help of Maddie's grandma Lynne Spears and proud papa Casey Aldridge, 18, who drove Jamie Lynn's SUV with decoys hidden behind a large white sheet in the backseat.
Maddie's birth on June 19 was, thankfully, more low-key. Reports that Jamie Lynn had delivered via C-section were completely false. Her labor began on June 18 — two days before her expected due date — and at 9:33 the next morning, Maddie had made her grand entrance.
Barely more than a child herself, Jamie Lynn has proven to be exceptionally mature in dealing with her pregnancy and motherhood. Her priority is to give Maddie an upbringing that is more Kentwood than Hollywood.
Though Britney, 26, is well on her way to getting her life and career back on track, Jamie Lynn has seen the impact that fame has had on her super-famous sister, including two broken marriages, three stints in rehab and a brutal child-custody battle. "We want to give the baby the most normal life she could ever have," Jamie Lynn tells OK!.