So here we are, some eight years later, and so much has changed.
Paisley has since become a father to two boys. And now Underwood is on the verge of having her first son.
So surely he’s got some advice for her. Or maybe he doesn’t.
“I have no clue what to tell her,” Paisley told me during his recent visit to Chicago. “I’ve gotten a few of texts from Carrie … like, ‘Who’s your pediatrician?’ And, ‘How do you do that?’ Or, ‘What’s this?’”
Even though Paisley has the fatherhood thing down to a science, he admits it’s very different for a female artist.
“My kids get to be home with my wife, their mother,” he noted. “And it’s a much different thing when it’s the mom going on the road. I cannot imagine what it would be like if she’s got a weekend with three shows, and she’d have to just leave breast milk in the fridge. That would be rough.”
Paisley’s own sons Huck and Jasper come out on the road now and then, but he told me if it were up to them, they would always be there.
“It’s easier for them to be home because they have school and homework. But they do like it out here,” he said of the road. “They are really good kids, and this age is the greatest thing ever.”
Even Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher doesn’t quite know what to expect about life with a new baby.
“I think that’s important, and obviously kids are going to add a different dynamic that I can’t wait for. I think it’s going to be awesome,” Fisher recently told The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville. “(Having kids) is something that a lot of people say it’s hard to explain until it really happens, and then it’s the greatest thing ever. I’m just kind of thinking about wanting to be the best dad I can be.”