Anderson Cooper wished his family was there to see his baby boy.
No matter how much you get annoyed with your family, at the end of the day they are important to you. Even if you didn't get the time to pay them weekly visits, you know they are there for you. Anderson Cooper, however, could not find peace in such a feeling, especially after his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt passed away on June 17, 2019, at the age of 95.
Anderson's mom was the last person left from his immediate family and her death left him feeling extremely lonely. The famous journalist recently revealed that it was his mother's death that motivated him to become a father.
Talking to People, Cooper revealed he knew that the death of his mother was nearing. However, he did not anticipate another hard reality. "When Mom died, she was 95, and she'd talked about her death for pretty much as long as I can remember, so I was ready for it. But I wasn't prepared for the realization that I don't really have any immediate family left," said the TV host. He added, "It was a very lonely feeling that I hadn't really anticipated."
Cooper's lost his dad during open heart surgery when he was just 10, and years later, his brother Carter to suicide. His brother was just 23 years old when he passed away. With all his dear ones gone leaving him behind, Cooper began to feel the pain of loneliness. That was when he decided it was time for him to begin a family of his own. "It made me think, 'Well, all right, this is definitely meant to be'," said Cooper, alluding to him becoming a dad.
So, on 27 April 2020, Cooper welcomed his baby boy, Wyatt Morgan to his life via a surrogate. The journalist took to social media to announce the news and wrote, "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," according to the Instagram post.
He revealed that he had spoken to his mother regarding his decision of entering fatherhood before she passed away.
Appearing in an episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, the CNN anchor said, "I was able to tell her shortly before she died that I was going to have a baby. Wyatt hadn't been created at that point, he wasn't actually a being at that point. He was an idea in my head, and I was in the process of it," according to People.
"I told her maybe two weeks before she died. When she started to get ill, it was very quick... I thought, 'This is the time to tell her'," said Cooper to People. Cooper even recalled that his mother was excited for him.
"She was thrilled. It's something I've wished for a long time, and I'm very lucky and very blessed," revealed the 52-year-old.
During the final days with his mother, the two discussed the names and gender of his child and his mother was clearly happy for him.
"We had this incredible last few weeks of her life where we spent every day together, just talking and watching TV, listening to music, laughing and telling stories. She said instantly, 'Of course it's going to be a boy'," stated the journalist. He added, "I didn't say that I would name him after my dad, but she knew that's what it would be — and she knew that if it was a girl, she would be named after her."
Since becoming a dad, Cooper has expressed his joy of parenthood. "I just stare at him. Hours will go by and I realize I've just been sitting there, holding him. 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. He's like a little amphibious creature, he's all curled up with his feet up. It's so cute," said the TV host to People.
His new family has left him astonished and Cooper stated, "It's incredible. It's weird, I was starting to think about this last night, actually. I keep coming back to the word astonishing. Like, it's amazing, astonishing."