Married With Children/Futurama star Katey Sagal, 52, and producer husband, Kurt Sutter, opened up their home to OK! Magazine to share the newest addition to their family: a daughter Esmé Louise, born January 10, 2007. Katey has two children from a previous relationship, Sarah, 12, and Jackson,10, while her husband has never had any of his own. Katey had medicalissues after the birth of her two children, so they had a surrogatecarry their child.
Click Continue Reading to see what Katey had to say about theirexperiences with the surrogacy and how it feels to be an older mom.
How has your life been since Esmé came home?
It’s busy, but it’s really lovely and calm so far. Everybody is very excited and my older kids are very happy she’s here. She fits right in. She’s healthy and perfect. I think the biggest change has been realizing I now have three children.
How did you decide to have a child through a surrogate mother?
I’d had some medical issues after the birth of my other two children, so I was unable to carry a child, so we were always looking at alternative approaches. We headed down the adoption road at the same time were were investigating the surrogacy road and left it up to whatever happened first, because we weren’t attached to either way. Our surrogacy situation just fell into place really easily.
Were both you and Kurt at the hospital for the birth?
Oh, yeah. We’ve been to every doctor’s appointment from the beginning. Our surrogate, her husband, myself, and Kurt were all in the room. Our surrogate had several children already of her own, and it was an easy birth for her. I held Esmé, and Kurt cut the cord. It was a beautiful experience.
How do you feel about being an older mom?
My thing about having another child was, time’s-a-wasting! I thought about being an older parent and what that means for another child, but I was somewhat of an older parent when I had Sarah and Jackson [in my] late 30s. I have an enormous family with many cousins, and Esmé has an older brother and sister. So, I felt it was okay to do this.
How does Kurt like fatherhood so far?
He’s taken to it like a champ. Kurt was right there when Esmé was born. He picked her right up, felt comfortable about it. He’s a very loving man.
Source: OK! Magazine, February 26, 2007 issue
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