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Bristol Palin Gives Birth to Tripp Johnston

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Last Edited: December 29, 2008, 9:18 pm

Sarah Palin's daughter gives birth to son

The 7 pound, 4 ounce baby was born Sunday and is named Tripp
The Associated Press
updated 9:06 p.m. ET, Mon., Dec. 29, 2008

ANCHORAGE - The teenage daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has given birth to a son, People magazine reported Monday.

Bristol Palin, 18, gave birth to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston on Sunday, the magazine said.  He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol's grandmother, told the magazine that "the baby is fine and Bristol is doing well."

The governor's office said it would not release information because it considers the baby's birth a private family matter.

The father is Levi Johnston, a former hockey player at Alaska's Wasilla High School.

Palin announced on Sept. 1, the first day of the Republican National Convention, that her unwed daughter was pregnant. The campaign issued a statement saying Bristol "and the young man" would get married.

Levi Johnston's mother eventually disclosed that her 18-year-old son was the father. The following week, the young man attended the convention in St. Paul, Minn. when Palin accepted the nomination as John McCain's running mate.

The announcement that Bristol, 17 at the time, was pregnant immediately drew concerns that it could damage Palin's credibility as a religious conservative. It also foreshadowed a troubled campaign for Palin, who drew large crowds at rallies but was criticized for her composure in news interviews and for her experience level.

Summer wedding?
Sherry Johnston, Levi's mother, said in October that Bristol and her son were considering a summer wedding.

Levi Johnston told The Associated Press that month that he and Bristol loved each other and wanted to get married. Johnston, who dropped out of high school to take a job on the North Slope oil fields as an apprentice electrician, said he was a little shocked to learn that Bristol was pregnant but quickly warmed to the idea of being a father.

He said the two had planned to get married even before Bristol became pregnant.

Johnston, an avid hunter, hinted at the time that they were expecting a boy. He said he was already looking forward to taking the boy hunting and fishing.

Johnston's mother was arrested on felony drug charges this month after state troopers served a search warrant at her Wasilla home. According to authorities, she sent text messages to two police informants in which she discusses making drug transactions involving OxyContin, a strong prescription painkiller.

Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, have five children ranging in age from Trig, 7 months, to Track, 19. In between are Willow, 14; Piper, 7; and Bristol.

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Comments

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PeacefulManComment by PeacefulMan - December 29, 2008, 10:43 pm
Wow, she had her baby on the same day as my son's birthday. Now ain't that a trip!
~Peace~
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ICNUMBERSComment by ICNUMBERS - December 30, 2008, 6:02 am
Now what are these names about. Isn't Trig like an abbreviation for an STD or something. LOL Maybe Track comes from her not being able to keep track on what's been going on in her life. I think that they come from some trailer park, fantasy world or something or is it me. Also I think that I would have put my daughter right out on the street for eloping with such a kid who came from such a horrible unstable family. Does this child have any high hopes. It seems as if she could really be making it hard for herself but then again she has mom who just might get her own reality show. LOL Get it "Reality Show." My heart goes out to this family because everything about just seems so wrong it's sad. Although I see it right here in my town, so many people who just needs to sat down and or be sat down.
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ICNUMBERSComment by ICNUMBERS - December 30, 2008, 6:02 am
Now what are these names about. Isn't Trig like an abbreviation for an STD or something. LOL Maybe Track comes from her not being able to keep track on what's been going on in her life. I think that they come from some trailer park, fantasy world or something or is it me. Also I think that I would have put my daughter right out on the street for eloping with such a kid who came from such a horrible unstable family. Does this child have any high hopes. It seems as if she could really be making it hard for herself but then again she has mom who just might get her own reality show. LOL Get it "Reality Show." My heart goes out to this family because everything about just seems so wrong it's sad. Although I see it right here in my town, so many people who just needs to sit down and or be sat down.

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