Eli Young Band bassist Jon Jones and his wife Sarah curated the perfect playlist to welcome their daughter Lila Pascale Jones into the world.
But there was no time for music when she made her big debut in the early morning hours of Wednesday (Nov. 30) in Fort Worth, Texas, weighing 7 pounds and measuring 19½ inches. The family opted for a natural water birth at home with a birthing team and a midwife, and after just three hours of active labor, Sarah was steps away from the tub when little Lila arrived.
The original plan was for their baby girl to breathe her first breaths to a mix of Little Big Town’s “Silver and Gold,” Dixie Chicks’ “Landslide,” the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me” and the Beatles’ “Something.”
“There were lot of the songs that meant something to us,” Jones said Friday to CMT.com. “‘Something’ was our wedding song. It’s not the best song to dance to as far as your first dance at a wedding, but it’s a wonderful song. And then there was some music that symbolizes our relationship because we’ve been together since college.”
“At the end of the day,” he added, “you’re grateful to have a healthy child and a healthy mother. My job was just to be the support system — supporting Sarah’s choice in doing a natural birth, helping her as much as I can and realizing that I’m not doing any of the heavy lifting.”
This was Sarah’s second out-of-the-hospital birth experience following the birth of their son, Hudson, who turns four on New Year’s Eve.
“This time we were a lot more calm through it all,” Jones said. “Sarah was a bit more prepared this time going in, which was important. Having a baby is a scary thing. But more than anything it was just this perfect moment when she came into the world.”
Lila Pascale gets her first name from Sarah’s grandmother, and she shares her middle name with Jon’s niece.
“Sarah was the only granddaughter in a bunch of grandsons,” Jones said. “So she had a very special relationship with her grandmother. It meant a lot to Sarah to keep that name going and then Pascale is a French name that is my niece’s name. We have always loved the name. It’s very unique. We thought it represented two great women — one from each side of our family.”
Jones says Hudson likes being a big brother so far.
“When he walked down the stairs, he did say, ‘I really like my sister.’ That’s a lot coming from him.”