Welcome to the World!
Wyatt Morgan Cooper was born via surrogate on April 27, making Anderson Cooper a first-time dad.
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What’s in a Name?
Wyatt gets his namesake from Cooper’s late father, Wyatt Emory Cooper.
“He is named after my father, who died when I was ten,” Cooper explained in his emotional announcement on CNN. “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.”
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Over the Moon
Cooper feels extra blessed to be a father.
On his show, Anderson Cooper 360°, he said, “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,” he wrote.
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Cooper said of his surrogate, “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 can’t 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.”
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A New Level of Love
Cooper told PEOPLE that having Wyatt in his life has made his heart exceptionally full.
“It feels like my life has actually begun,” Cooper said. “And I sort of wonder, what was I waiting for? This is a new level of love. It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced, and yet it’s also very familiar and incredibly special and intimate. It’s really extraordinary.”
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A Dream Come True
“When I was 12 years old and knew I was gay and thought about my life, it always upset me because I thought, ‘I will never be able to have a kid,'” Cooper told PEOPLE for the magazine’s first-ever Pride issue. “This is a dream come true.”
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A Bright, Bright Future
“I feel invested in the future in a way I hadn’t really before,” Cooper told PEOPLE. “There’s something about having a child that makes you feel connected to what is happening and you want to make sure that the world this child is growing up in is a better one. You suddenly worry much more about the future of all of us.”
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Lots of Love
Cooper is co-parenting with his best friend and former partner, Benjamin Maisani.
“There is no acrimony between us,” Cooper told PEOPLE. “Even though it’s maybe unconventional because he’s my ex, he is my family.”
“I knew what it was like growing up without a dad,” Cooper said. “If there was ever something that happened to me, I would want Wyatt to be surrounded by love.”
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Wyatt clearly already looks up to his journalist father.
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For his part, Cooper says he can’t take his eyes off of his baby boy.
“I just stare at him. Hours will go by and I realize I’ve just been sitting there, holding him,” Cooper admitted on an episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan. “After a baby’s born, you do this thing called skin-to-skin where you hold the baby on your chest. I still do that all the time. There’s nothing better.”
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At just 6 weeks old, Wyatt is already one photogenic baby!
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When it comes to another baby, Cooper told PEOPLE that he “hasn’t ruled anything out down the road.”
“I need to probably sleep a little bit more and clear my head, but I think it would be great, one day, to have a brother or sister for Wyatt,” he said.
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Cooper shared some of Wyatt’s favorite things in honor of him turning 10 weeks old! “He likes naps and milk, bath time and being read to,” the new dad wrote on Instagram.
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My son will be five months old in less than two weeks. He is such a happy baby even though he has started teething. He loves being read to and so far Dr. Seuss is his favorite, particularly One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Ok, that’s my favorite, but he does seem to like it a lot.
Selfie snuggle buds! “My son will be five months old in less than two weeks. He is such a happy baby even though he has started teething,” Cooper shared on Instagram alongside a photo of the pair relaxing together.
He added, “He loves being read to and so far Dr. Seuss is his favorite, particularly One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Ok, that’s my favorite, but he does seem to like it a lot.”
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