2002: The Year Of The First Backstreet Baby (We Can’t Believe He’s 13!)


In light of Nick’s recent baby announcement and Baylee Littrell’s 13th (THIRTEENTH?!) birthday, let’s take a walk down memory lane…

2002. Kelly Clarkson had just won American Idol. My Big Fat Greek Wedding was big in the movie theaters and Usher’s “U Got It Bad” was #1 on the radio. Michael Jackson was dangling his baby over a balcony and the world mourned the loss of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, member of TLC.

It was before social media. It was before instant news. In the times of TRL and reality TV. 13 years ago next week, the first of the Backstreet babies was born and it seems like just yesterday we were reading about the announcement in People.

That’s right…We had to WAIT for People magazine to PRINT it in a PAPER magazine. The Backstreet Boys were on hiatus, Nick had embarked on a solo career, and we had no direct connection to celebrities. It was the month before Baylee was born before we even saw the Littrells in their baby glow, featured in a People magazine spread, that we all subsequently died over. Many of us were barely teenagers, but even then, we knew that Brian Littrell would be the cutest dad ever! We weren’t wrong.

Baylee Thomas Wylee Littrell, weighing in  6 lbs., 7 oz., was born on Tuesday, November 26th, 2002 at 7:41 PM ET in Atlanta, GA, according the statement, again, released by People, a few days after his birth. However, they weren’t the first to tell the news. Howie D., in an interview with a radio show on the same day baby Littrell was born, leaked the information first. No tweets, no solid source on the internet…. the times have changed from the first baby to the most recent.

It was months before Baylee even made his first public appearance at an HHC charity event and we’ve been watching him grow up ever since.

We can’t believe he’s 13. We can’t believe Ava McLean is already 3. We can’t believe Nick Carter is finally married and having a baby of his own.

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Next week, Baylee, the baby who made us realize we were all growing up, will be a teenager. When. Did. This. HAPPEN?! In the blink of an eye…

To Brian and Leighanne,

You’ve made it to the teenage years! Many of us have watched Baylee grow up on tour and we’re continually impressed with the job you have done raising him. In a time where parenting can be ridiculously hard, you’ve been amazing examples of how to raise a talented, polite, and well adjusted son, despite the craziness. May God bless you both in your new journey raising a TEENAGER! We can’t wait to watch. 😉



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