If there are two men in this world who deserve all of the goodness and light (and sure, the dirty diapers) that come with becoming a parent, it’s friends Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.
The two are best friends in real life, and on Father’s Day, thought they should get the boys together to meet for the first time. Both men work in journalism, both became parents later in life, and, it turns out, they have the same nanny – thanks to Cohen’s generosity.
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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.
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Cohen’s son Benjamin was 16 months old when he met 2-month-old Wyatt Cooper.
“I thought it would be fun if they met right now,” Cohen said. “Look, that’s gonna be your good buddy Wyatt.”
Cooper informed his son he was meeting Benjamin, and then the adults discussed Wyatt’s adorable outfit, as one does.
They went on to have a chat about how they were sure the boys would be great friends in the future.
“Ben, this is Wyatt. This is Wyatt Cooper. He’s gonna be your good buddy and we’re gonna travel together.
And if you like him half as much as I like his daddy, you’re gonna be great friends.”
The two played a quick, fun game about who knew each other better, agreeing that Cooper was more likely to be the helicopter parent, even though he’s “hoping not to be.”
Cohen even handed over his nanny in support of his friend becoming a parent for the first time at 52, saying that he had planned to transition away from her, but that it seemed right because she’d been so great for him with a newborn.
I don’t know about you, but I have new friendship goals!
For right now it’s Cohen and Cooper the elder, but when those two cutie boys grow up, I bet they’re going to give their dads a run for their money in every sense of the word.