Bristol Palin welcomes a son

Bristol Palin gives birth to bouncing baby boy

Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has given birth to a healthy baby boy.

The high-school student welcomed baby Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston on Saturday, and he weighed in at 7lb, 7oz.

The newborn takes his surname from his dad, Levi Johnston – an apprentice electrician who’s been dating Bristol for three years.

‘We think it’s wonderful, said Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol’s grandmother Sally Heath, who confirmed the news. ‘The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited.’

It’s all smiles now, but news of Bristol’s pregnancy caused controversy when it was announced shortly after Republican presidential candidate John McCain picked the Alaska governor to be his running mate.

At the time, Bristol’s parents, Sarah and Todd Palin, released a statement saying their daughter ‘came to us with news that we as parents knew would make her grow up faster then we had ever planned’, but added: ‘She has our unconditional love and support.’

Levi recently told the Associated Press that he plans to marry Bristol in 2009. 

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