The new mom and husband Henry Hager welcomed their second daughter on Thursday, she announced Friday on Today

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Updated August 14, 2015 07:55 AM
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Jenna Bush Hager‘s summer just got brighter: Her baby girl is here!

The Today correspondent and husband Henry Hager welcomed their second daughter on Thursday, Aug. 13, she announced Friday to the morning show.

Poppy Louise Hager — who was born in New York City at 9:12 a.m., weighing 7 lbs., 9 oz. and measuring 20.5 inches — joins big sister Mila, 2.

“We are thrilled to announce the birth of our darling daughter,” the couple said in a statement.

“Poppy is named after Jenna’s grandfather, George Herbert Walker “Poppy” Bush, a.k.a. Gampy. His nickname growing up was Poppy, and we are proud to name her after a man we so adore. Louise is in honor of our grandmothers’ middle names, Louise and Lewis. Mom and Poppy are healthy and well.”

Adds Hager, “Jenna was fantastic throughout, and Mila can’t stop talking about her ‘baby sissy.’ ”


Poppy Louise Hager – Courtesy Hager Family


After loving life with her firstborn, who is named after her grandmothers, the mom-to-be felt “so lucky” when she announced in April another baby girl was on the way. “I appreciate life so much more as a mom,” Bush Hager, 33, told PEOPLE, adding pregnancy the second time around had its perks.

“I know how wonderful motherhood is and that makes it so much sweeter,” she said.


FaceTiming with Gampy telling him Poppy’s name – Courtesy Hager Family

The couple originally thought their first child was a son, and decided to play it safe and find out the sex of their second baby.

“We were convinced [Mila] was a boy, to the point that we painted the nursery a pale blue. And it was a girl!” Bush Hager recalls.

Equally “thrilled” over the upcoming addition were the grandparents, former President George W. Bush — who easily won over his first granddaughter — and former First Lady Laura.


Mother and daughter – Courtesy Hager Family

After returning from maternity leave following Mila’s birth, the new mama admitted it didn’t take long for her father to bond with her baby girl.

“She was brilliant because once she laughed at him, there was this instant connection,” she said.

Jefe” released his own statement (and a photo with both granddaughters!) late Friday morning.

“Laura and I are overjoyed to meet our second grandchild today. Poppy Louise Hager entered the world yesterday in New York City, but we consider her an honorary Texan,” he says. “Jenna and Henry chose her name as a tribute to her great-grandfather, 41, who was nicknamed Poppy as a child. We are grateful to God – and to Jenna and Henry – for this beautiful, healthy gift of life.”


The Bushes with their granddaughters – Courtesy Bush Family

Laura also shared a snap of the Bush family with their newest addition on Saturday.

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