Celebrated news anchor and global sweetheart Anderson Cooper melted people’s hearts around the world when he opened up about how his new chapter of fatherhood has changed his life.

During the first weeks of his journey, he documented the rollercoaster of parenting his son Wyatt together with his ex-boyfriend but has since withdrawn into a quieter routine. However, in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, he spilled the beans on his experience so far.
He started by saying that even though he is currently 53years old, he is beginning to feel as if his life has just started. “My life is more orderly because I focus everything on him.

Like any new parent, I had to make changes to my life, including getting adjusted to a new sleeping pattern”
“My late nights at work had converted me into a late riser but since becoming a parent, I find myself up at around seven. The alarm is not even useful anymore because my body is just naturally awake at that time. I become inspired when my son wakes up and I’m there with him. The moment gives me great motivation.”
“Before parenting, I did not know about a sleeping sack, which is where Wyatt sleeps in. When he wakes up, he makes these stretches and sounds and finally a smile that lights up his face. It is amazing. The room I live in is 110 years old and we are a floor apart. I’m on the third and has on the fourth floor. When I wake up, I pace around until he makes the sounds and I go near his sleep sack to be with him.”

“I have been on a six month long fast and during this period I have become addicted to coffee. I don’t know of this is a good thing. I have one or two coffees a day. The coffee is an iced black with no sugar or cream because that qualifies as not breaking the fast. When Wyatt wakes up which is around 8.15, I feed him and then wait until he naps at around 10. As soon as I lay him down and ensure he is sound asleep, I rush to get my coffee, something that I greatly look forward too.”

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I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father. This is Wyatt Cooper. He is three days old. He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son's middle name is Morgan. It's a family name on my mom's side. I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth. Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.

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Anderson agrees that he understands coffee is addictive but is hard to stay off of. He never really enjoyed coffee until his son came along. “Coffee is amazing, even though it is basically a drug. We have all come to accept that. They deny it internally and tend to think it’s okay and legal. I have my coffees from the Dunkin’ Donuts or the little bar that converted to a cafe during the pandemic. I try to support this business”

During this time that he is parenting, he has also had time to go through his mother’s thing. His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt passed away in 2019 after a battle with cancer. He was very close to his mother and has been vocal about the effect her death had on his life. He has been going through her things for 15years and even had a separate house with the stuff. He says he prefers to read the physical material instead of scrolling through social media. He comments that this might be a strange concept to his friends but he loves reading copies of the NY Times and others while drinking his coffee as his son naps.