"He is a lovely boy, he is cute as a button, and I am falling more in love with him every day," Andy Cohen raved of his son upon his return to WWHL Sunday

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February 18, 2019 11:15 AM

Almost two weeks after welcoming baby Benjamin Allen, new dad Andy Cohen returned to the Bravo clubhouse from paternity leave for an all-new Watch What Happens Live on Sunday.

The episode, which aired at a “special dad time” of 10 p.m. ET, kicked off with Cohen raving about his son and sharing never-before-seen video footage of the two moments after the baby boy was born.

“This is a few minutes after I met my son,” Cohen, 50, said of the clip, which was shot as he made eye contact with Benjamin as the newborn lay on his back. “That was obviously right in the hospital.”

Benjamin and Andy Cohen

“He is a lovely boy, he is cute as a button, and I am falling more in love with him every day. He seems very happy, guzzling milk. He’s burping and making poops,” the first-time father added, joking, “My diaper-changing skills aren’t that bad but the swaddling has me a little perplexed!”

Cohen also took time to thank fans for all their support. “So many of you have been asking about my son. I am so appreciative of all your good wishes,” he said. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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Prior to the show, Cohen spent time backstage with guests Kim Zolciak-Biermann (Don’t Be Tardy) and Eva Marcille (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), who both congratulated him on his new addition.

“You’re a daddy for real,” Zolciak-Biermann joked with Cohen before the cameras went up.

There were audience questions, too, including one who asked where baby Benjamin was during the filming. “Sleeping right now, hopefully,” the host answered.

Cohen appeared to enjoy being back, smiling and laughing throughout the episode. During commercials, he even ordered himself a celebratory drink. “I think I would like a tequila on the rocks,” he said, to the audience’s cheers. “Why am I drinking water? It’s my first time back in the clubhouse!”

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Benjamin was born Feb. 4 via surrogate. The baby boy weighed 9 lbs., 2 oz., and measured 20 inches long upon his arrival at 6:35 p.m.

“I was in the delivery room,” Cohen told PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, which featured Cohen and Benjamin posing for an exclusive photo shoot.

“I had been hoping that he would have a full head of hair, and he really overdelivered,” the Bravo personality teased. “That was the first thing you see, the head of hair coming out. And I was amazed.”

After Cohen “cut the umbilical cord” himself, doctors cleaned Benjamin off and brought him over to the new dad, who then went skin-to-skin with his newborn for the first time.

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“He was so alert for the first two hours. His eyes were wide open. He didn’t cry; he was just calm,” Cohen recalled to PEOPLE. “I kind of have no words for it.”

Before Benjamin’s birth, Cohen took WWHL to Los Angeles for a month of episodes, some of which were pre-recorded to cover for the baby’s arrival.

The Emmy-winning show then aired a week of specials built for Bravo fans during Cohen’s break, compiling a compilation of clubhouse moments from Cohen’s favorite “Funny Ladies,” Real Housewives of Atlanta cast members, and “Divas” like Mariah CareyLady Gaga and Cher, among others.

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