With baby No. 4 on the way, Thomas Rhett reflects on how becoming a dad changed him

Thomas Rhett surprised fans this past weekend by announcing that he and his wife Lauren Akins are expecting their fourth daughter this November.

While Rhett, 31, admitted that he wasn’t always equipped to live in a house filled with five members of the opposite sex, the 31-year-old said he is confident he has the skills now.

“Every couple years, I feel like I’ve learned a major life lesson without even knowing it,” the recent ACM Entertainer of the Year told ABC Audio and other reporters. “I think when I first had kids, I might’ve been the most impatient person in the world.”

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“Now I look at my patience level today and I’m like, ‘Dang, I can withstand a lot now.’ I think you’re either forced to do that or you’re just gonna be miserable,” he continued.

The second-generation country star is anything but miserable, having long ago admitted he dreamt of a house full of kids.

“I feel like I’ve gotten to become a better friend, just by slowing down,” Rhett reflected. “I feel like I’ve gotten to become a better, patient, more loving husband, and also just a more patient dad.”

“So I think that patience would be one of the main things that I’ve come a long way in. And I think that kids do a great job at teaching you that,” he added.

Rhett is already preparing for the teen years, with the concert favorite, “To the Guys That Date My Girls,” featured on his new album, Country Again.

The country star and Akins, 31, currently share three daughters — 5-year-old Willa Gray, 3-year-old Ada James and 1-year-old Lennon Love.

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