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Buccaneers’ Baker Mayfield and wife welcome first baby: first photo

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Buccaneers' Baker Mayfield and wife welcome first baby: first photo

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The cheering Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad got a new addition in quarterback Baker Mayfield‘s first child.

“The girl came to us Tuesday evening just before 7:30 p.m.,” Baker’s wife said. Emily Mayfieldwrote on Saturday, April 13 via Instagram Story. “She is truly everything we prayed for and more.”

Baker, 28, and Emily, 33, named their daughter Kova Jade, who was born on Tuesday, April 9, weighing 9 pounds, 2 ounces.

“We are enjoying life as a family of four,” Emily added on Saturday, referring to the couple, Kova and their dog. “Fergus is so gentle and curious. Daddy is so in love and mommy wants to freeze time and make these days last forever.”

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In a second Instagram Story post, Emily shared the first photo of their daughter. In the snapshot, Baker cradled Kova in a white, fluffy blanket while lounging on a bed. Their pup watched dutifully and rested a paw on Baker’s hand. A white heart emoji covered Kova’s face.

“My heart is going to explode at any moment, I swear,” Emily enthused about the photo. “Bake was born to be a father.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Baker Mayfield and wife Emily welcome first baby

Baker Mayfield Courtesy of Emily Mayfield/Instagram

Baker reposted the family photo to his Instagram Stories on Saturday, noting that he “can’t even express the pure joy.”

Baker started dating Emily in 2017 and married two years later. In December 2023, they announced that they were expecting their first child.

“We have something hidden…🤫👀”, they wrote in a joint Instagram post, share pregnancy photos. “But we’re excited to share that baby girl Mayfield will be joining our crazy crew in early April 2024!”

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Fellow NFL star Travis Kelce raved about the couple’s addition: “Ayyyee!! Congratulations guys,” the 34-year-old Kansas City Chiefs wrote via an Instagram comment.

Baker and Emily’s marriage was previously at the forefront of a cheating scandal. In February 2020, Cleveland Browns fan Kacie Dingess claimed she had a brief affair with Baker a year earlier. (Baker was previously the QB for the Browns before being traded to the Bucs.)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Baker Mayfield and wife Emily welcome first baby
Courtesy of Emily Mayfield/Instagram

“[When] I left, I was like, ‘Good business with you’ – joking,” Dingess said during an appearance on Rover’s Morning glory show. “And he said, ‘Don’t say that!’ And I thought, ‘I’m just kidding.’ And then I lost my Juul in his car and we had to look for it for a few minutes. He said, ‘Okay, drive safe,’ and I said, ‘Okay, see you later.’

According to Dingess, Baker blocked her on social media after she came forward with her allegations. Neither Baker nor Emily ever addressed Dingess’ claims or the rumors that the NFL star had been unfaithful.