Anderson Cooper Announces the Birth of His Second Baby, Reveals Benjamin Maisani Is Adopting Son Wyatt

The now father of two announced the surprise baby news on Thursday night

Anderson Cooper has welcomed another child, Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper.

The longtime CNN anchor, 54, announced the exciting baby news on his CNN show Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday.

"I wanted to start out with some good news, which also happens to be very personal news," Cooper began, recalling that he had announced the birth of his son, Wyatt, during the "early dark days of the pandemic" in April 2020.

"These are the pictures I showed of Wyatt then, taken just days after he was born. This is Wyatt today. He is nearly 22 months old. He is sweet, funny, and the greatest joy of 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 continued, introducing his adorable new son to the world.

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Anderson Cooper's son Sebastian. courtesy anderson cooper

"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."

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Cooper went on to reveal that both Wyatt and Sebastian are being raised by him and his "best friend and former partner," Benjamin Maisani. "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."

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The CNN News anchor then thanked the "amazing" doctors and nurses who helped bring Sebastian into the world, and also issued a heartfelt message to baby Sebastian's surrogate, thanking her and her family for the "sacrifices" they all made.

Cooper then announced he would be taking the next couple of weeks off to focus on his family, and enjoy spending time with his two sons. "I wish you all love and laughter, good thoughts, and happy days."

"I'm definitely calmer than I was the first time," Cooper told CNN news anchor John Berman after his surprise baby announcement. "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."

"Wyatt is thrilled," added Cooper about his 22-month-old.

Cooper also said that in lieu of sending gifts for Sebastian, viewers, friends, and anyone else thinking of doing so should look into donating those items to local organizations instead for those in need.

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