Bristol Palin Gives Birth to a Boy

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It's been quite a year for the Palin family, so it seems fitting that their newest member would arrive just in time for the New Year. Bristol Palin, daughter of former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, gave birth on Sunday to a baby boy.

Bristol and fiance Levi Johnston named the 7 lb., 4 oz.. bouncing baby boy Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. "We think it's wonderful," says Bristol's great-aunt. "The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited."

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    "We both love each other," Levi Johnston, 18, told the AP in a rare interview about his relationship with 18-year-old Bristol Palin. "We both want to marry each other. And that's what we are going to do."

    Paul Sancya, AP

    "Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned," the Palins's statement said. "As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows that she has our unconditional love and support."

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    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband Todd have five children. Track, 19, Bristol, 18, (with Levi Johnston), Willow, 14, Piper, 7, and Trig, 8 months. (not pictured).

    Fredy Perojo, AOL

    Chuck and Sally Heath, parents of Sarah Palin. Chuck Heath, 70, says gift boxes for his newest grandson are piling up in the governor's mail room from all over the world. There's no way the family will ever be able to answer every letter, he says, although they are trying.

    Charlie Neibergall, AP

    Sarah Palin initially hid her pregnancy with Trig from the public, causing rumors that Trig was her grandson via Bristol.

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    "Trig is beautiful and already adored by us," read a statement by the Palin when Trig was born on April 18. "We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed."

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    Gov. Sarah Palin, her husband Todd, and daughters Bristol,16, right, and Piper, 5, at the end of a 2006 inauguration ceremony in Fairbanks. Palin, 42, is the first female and youngest governor of Alaska.

    Al Grillo, AP

    Then-Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, her daughters, Piper, Willow, and husband Todd walk out onto the ice to drop the ceremonial first puck before a St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings hockey game.

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    Levi Johnston called himself a "redneck' on his MySpace page.

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    Bristol Palin's new baby other grandma was in the news this year, as well. Sherry Johnston, Levi's mother, 42, pictured, was arrested on drug charges related to oxycontin in December.

    Al Grillo, AP



Sarah Palin had hoped the young couple would tie the knot before little Tripp arrived, but the two teens are still engaged. Levi quit school to become an electrician's apprentice and Bristol is busy earning her high school degree.

Sarah Palin has been known to bring her babies to work at the governor's office with her, so maybe baby Tripp will be visiting Grandma there soon too.

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