November 10, 2008 12:00 PM

Archie Arnett


OCT. 25, 2008

8 lbs. 1 oz.

If she were ever looking for a new title, Saturday Night Live star Amy Poehler could easily earn the moniker Super Trouper. On Oct. 23—just two days before giving birth to 8-lb. 1-oz. son Archie, her first child with husband Will Arnett—the ready-to-pop Poehler took her familiar perch behind the Weekend Update desk on the preelection SNL Weekend Update Thursday. On Friday the mom-to-be was back at work again, prepping a Bronx Beat sketch with former castmate Maya Rudolph. Then, on Saturday Oct. 25—just hours before the show went live—producers got the call. As her colleague Seth Meyers announced on air, “Amy Poehler is not here tonight because she is having a baby.”

Poehler, 37, revealed in April that she was expecting a baby with fellow comedian Arnett, 38, her husband of five years. “I’m just overwhelmed with blessings,” she told PEOPLE in July. The bad news for SNL fans? Poehler will not be returning as a regular cast member. Instead, she’ll star in a new NBC comedy in 2009—and revel in her new role until then. As Meyers recently told PEOPLE, “She’s going to be a great mom.”

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