CNN's Abby Phillip Welcomes First Baby, Daughter Naomi Angelina, with Husband Marcus Richardson

Abby Phillip shared her pregnancy news to The Cut back in March

Courtesy Abby Phillip
Photo: Courtesy Abby Phillip

This just in: Abby Phillip is officially a mom!

The CNN anchor and senior political correspondent, 32, welcomed her first baby, daughter Naomi Angelina Richardson, with husband Marcus Richardson, on Monday, August 16, her rep reveals exclusively to PEOPLE.

Baby Naomi arrived "10 days fashionably late," weighing 7 lbs., 6 oz., and measuring 20.5 inches, Phillip tells PEOPLE in a statement.

"Marcus and I are so happy to announce that the Naomi Angelina Richardson arrived bright and early on Monday morning perfectly happy, healthy and ready to eat. Mom and baby are feeling great," she says. "Her first name means 'pleasant one' and she is already living up to it and spoiling her mom and dad as a blissfully calm baby. Her middle name Angelina is a tribute to my beloved maternal grandmother who passed away in 2014."

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Courtesy Abby Phillip
Courtesy Abby Phillip

Phillip revealed to The Cut in March that she was expecting her first child, a daughter.

"[We] are having a baby girl this summer! I shot this cover then I was 4 months pregnant and I can't wait to be able to tell my baby girl that she was on the cover a magazine ... 😭😭😭 there are just no words," Phillip wrote on Instagram, sharing the magazine cover in which she shows off her baby bump in an orange-and-black dress.

Courtesy Abby Phillip
Courtesy Abby Phillip

The Inside Politics Sunday with Abby Phillip anchor told Gayle King for The Cut interview that being pregnant has changed her perspective.

"The experience of pregnancy has only made me become more in awe of what we as women are able to endure. It was tough: battling morning sickness while balancing a demanding job with long, unpredictable hours. But it has been a reminder of what I am capable of — and what so many women do every day," she said.

The journalist shared similar messages in a candid post on Instagram for Mother's Day, writing, "Before this year, I thought I knew what motherhood was all about. But what I wasn't prepared for was the emotional fortitude that it requires to really be a mother. When people say that having a child is like having your heart living outside of your body, that is no joke."

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"Being a mother is so much more than sleepless nights and endless diaper changes," she added. "Motherhood, especially Black motherhood, is an act of bravery and an act of hope. We are mothers not because we always make the best choices or because we can protect our children from the unknown, but because we choose hope instead of fear."

"As I have watched so many of my friends experience motherhood in so many different ways, I am in awe of what we as women can do," she continued.

"For some of us, the task is an unexpected challenge and for others it is the fulfillment of a long hoped for dream. But as I prepare to bring my daughter into the world, I'm filled with gratitude for all the women who have endured loss and struggle in their motherhood journeys. I gain courage from their bravery."

Phillip and Richardson have been together for nearly a decade, and they tied the knot on May 26, 2018. They live in Washington, D.C. with their dog Booker T.

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