Anderson Cooper Welcomes 2nd Child: "Even His Occasional Hiccups Are To Me Adorable"

Anderson Cooper Welcomes 2nd Child: "Even His Occasional Hiccups Are To Me Adorable"

"This is Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper. He was 6.8 pounds at birth and he was healthy and happy," the anchor shared.

Anderson Cooper is now a proud father of two adorable boys. The 54-year-old announced the birth of his second son, Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper, live on his CNN show Thursday, revealing that the newborn was welcomed via surrogacy. Sharing a photo of his 21-months-old son, Wyatt Morgan with the viewers, the beaming anchor said: "In April 2020, in the early dark days of the pandemic, you would recall, I announced the birth of my son, Wyatt... This is Wyatt today. He's nearly 22-months-old, and he's sweet and funny and the greatest joy in my life. If he looks particularly happy in this picture, it's because he now has a baby brother. His name is Sebastian, and I would like you to meet him."


Cooper then gave the world its first glimpse of baby Sebastian, saying: "This is Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper. He was 6.8 pounds at birth and he was healthy and happy and even his occasional hiccups, are to me, adorable. He mostly just sleeps and eats and certainly poops, but he already seems like a wise and thoughtful little chap. Cooper went on to reveal that he is raising the boys with his ex, Benjamin Maisani, together as a family. "Wyatt and Sebastian are being raised by my best friend and former partner, Benjamin Maisani. We're co-parents," he explained. 


"Wyatt calls me 'daddy' and Benjamin 'papa.' We're a family. Benjamin is also in the process of adopting Wyatt, whose last name will be changed to Maisani-Cooper as well," the American broadcast journalist added. "We want to thank the amazing doctors and nurses who helped bring Sebastian into the world and most of all, thank the surrogate who carried Sebastian and gave birth to him. The sacrifices she and her family, her entire family made and the love that they gave Sebastian this past year have been extraordinary. We'll never forget the kindness."


Cooper then offered a heartfelt tribute to his late mom Gloria Vanderbilt, dad Wyatt Emory Cooper and brother Carter Cooper. "When I announced Wyatt's birth, I said I liked to imagine my mom and dad and brother, all who are no longer alive, their arms around each other, smiling and joyful at his birth," he said. "These past 22 months, I felt them watching over us very strongly and I already feel their love for Sebastian. The family I was born into may be gone, but I feel them alive in the family we've created, new love, and new life."


Cooper ended his show on Thursday by announcing that he would be taking the next couple of weeks off to focus on his family, and enjoying spending time with his two sons: "I wish you all love and laughter, good thoughts, and happy days." Discussing his big news with CNN news anchor John Berman after making the announcement, Cooper said: "I'm definitely calmer than I was the first time. He's doing great and he's just so adorable. He's got a lot more hair than Wyatt had when he was born, and he's just incredible."


Speaking to PEOPLE in September last year, Cooper opened up about co-parenting with his ex. "It's awesome. It's probably an unusual setup, but I knew he would be a great dad, and he is. We're exes, but we're family to each other, and we love each other as family and as co-parents," he said. "There's the usual bickering that any two people have when there's a kid involved, like what time should he go to swimming class, or should he wear the overalls, or whatever. I've always believed that if you've been with somebody and that ends, in terms of an intimate relationship, if you love somebody, there's no reason why that love shouldn't continue."

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