Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin

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Sarah Palin is a grandma at 44. What a Tripp, eh?

Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old and eldest daughter of the former GOP vice-presidential candidate, has welcomed a son with boyfriend Levi Johnston.

Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston was born Saturday in Palmer, Alaska, weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces, People reports.

"We think it's wonderful," Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol's grandmother Sally Heath (Sarah's mom), told the magazine. "The baby is fine, and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited."

The teenage couple, who caught a lot of flack from some corners and an outpouring of praise and support from others, revealed they were expecting not long after John McCain tapped Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate and Saturday Night Live's saving grace.

Bristol "has our unconditional love and support," her parents said at the time. Johnston said in October that he and his baby mama plan to tie the knot in 2009 and to raise their child together.

(Originally published Dec. 29, 2008 at 3:58 p.m. PT)

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