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Jenna Bush Hager Gives Birth to Baby Boy: 'We Are Overcome with Joy'


On a Monday morning in April, Jenna Bush Hager surprised her coworkers and viewers with the news that she and her husband would be adding the first boy to their family.

She admitted it was a surprise for them, too.

“We weren’t really trying to get pregnant,” Bush Hager said, according to TODAY. “We had some fertility issues with Poppy. It’s a little bit of a shock, but it’s such great news.”

Their “surprise” was welcomed with open arms and happy hearts on Aug. 2 as Henry Hager made his much-anticipated arrival.

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“We are overcome with joy to welcome Henry Harold ‘Hal’ Hager into this world!” Bush Hager told PEOPLE.

The little boy bears the same name as his father and is a traditional name in the Hager family.

“He is named Henry after many on his father’s side including his dear dad and his paternal grandfather,” Bush Hager explained. “Harold comes from my maternal grandfather, Pa, who I loved dearly and was unable to keep a son long enough to name.”

Bush Hager also joked that her own father was a little miffed over the name choice. “My dad was a little mad that the name wasn’t George,” she said, but added that he also thought Hal “was a cool name.”

She said her other two children, Poppy and Mila, are overjoyed to have a new baby brother.

“His sisters are thrilled to have a little brother and already nicknamed his nickname, exclaiming ‘welcome to the world Hal Pal!'” mom said.

“My whole family came,” Bush Hager said. “My sister came the first day with donuts, which I don’t think you’re supposed to eat right after a C-section, but I went for it. And then Mila and Poppy came and picked him out in the nursery, and they’re just crazy about him … The girls are so thrilled that they have a little baby brother all of their own.”

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“It was so beautiful,” Bush Hager continued. “Poppy told him that she loved him and then asked, ‘When we can bring him home?’ They’re crazy about him.”

Like any new mother, Bush Hager will need some recovery time to feel like herself again, but she says she’s doing well and loves having a new baby again.

“I feel good,” she said. “I feel happy. You know, I think when you’re holed up in a hospital room with a newborn and you see the joy and the light in his eyes, you realize this is what life is for — to make the world better for our little babes.”

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