CNN’s Anderson Cooper Becomes A Dad For First Time
Anderson Cooper introduces his son, Wyatt to the world
Anderson Cooper has announced he is a new dad!
My former CNN colleague made the wonderful announcement live on his show.
Anderson is new to fatherhood at the age of 52.
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I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father. This is Wyatt Cooper. He is three days old. He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son's middle name is Morgan. It's a family name on my mom's side. I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth. Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.
He shared pictures of his son, Wyatt, who was born Monday.
And he shared his son’s birth story, saying his son was born by surrogate, a woman he expressed huge appreciation for.
It has been a huge year of challenges for Anderson. His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt died last June.
He has continued to report the huge political story that has engulfed the US.
And now, of course, the coronavirus story and all it’s complications and implications.
“It has been a difficult time in all of our lives, and there are certainly many hard days ahead,” Anderson began his introduction to his big announcement.
It is, I think, especially important in these times of trouble to try to hold on to moments of joy and moments of happiness. Even as we mourn the loss of loved ones, we are also blessed with new life and new love.”
What’s in a name?
Wyatt Morgan Cooper weighed in at 7 pounds 2 ounces.
Anderson named his son after his late father, Wyatt.
He shared that his son’s middle name, “Morgan” is a family name on his mother’s side. He also discovered it was among a list of names his parents were considering when they were naming him more than 50 years ago.
More than a dream come true
This truly sounds like something bigger than a dream come true.
“As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I am so grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son’s birth.”
Feeling his family’s presence
He acknowledged his mom, dad and brother, all of whom have passed.
Happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt… and that our family continues. New life and new love.”
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