Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Andy Cohen Shares Adorable New Photos Of His Son Benjamin Allen Cohen And Opens Up About Fatherhood!

Andy Cohen graced the cover of PEOPLE Magazine along with his son, Benjamin Allen Cohen, who is making his debut for the world to see. The Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen opened up about becoming a dad and the moment he first met his baby boy, who was born February 4 via surrogate.

“I was in the delivery room. I had been hoping that he would have a full head of hair, and he really overdelivered,” jokes Cohen. “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.

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

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Andy revealed that he “worked with an organization that helps you find the egg donor and the surrogate, and you kind of package the whole process.”

“I worked with an incredible surrogate,” he told PEOPLE. “She was in California. Surrogacy is illegal in so many states, including New York. I don’t understand why. It’s a voluntary process, obviously. My surrogate just viewed it as, she was giving me the ultimate gift. She gave me life. So I’ll be forever indebted to her.”

The Real Housewives executive producer shares that he felt “very lucky” in that the embryo that turned into Benjamin was placed in his surrogate about a week before he turned 50 and that there were no complications, adding that he would’ve been happy with either a boy or a girl as long as it was a “healthy baby.”

“I think the biggest moment for me in the process was this summer,” Cohen recalls. “I was shooting the Southern Charm reunion and we were on a lunch break, and my surrogate texted me a video of the first sonogram. I was in my dressing room in tears. That was the moment for me where I was like, whoa.”

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So what kind of parent will Andy be? “I think I will be [a] strict [dad], but I have a sense of what to get hysterical about and what to let slide,” he told PEOPLE. “I don’t want to be a helicopter dad. I don’t want to stress him out. I don’t want to stress myself out.”

“Well, that’s already happened,” he added. “That’s just part of the job.”

Source/Photo Credit: Bravo, PEOPLE

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