Kristen Welker welcomes second child via surrogate

Kristen Welker is officially a mom of two!

the Meet the press The emcee, 47, and her husband John Hughes have welcomed their son John Zachary Welker Hughes into the world.

Their son was born on Thursday, May 30 via surrogate, weighing 7 pounds. He is approximately 20 inches tall.⁠ He joins big sister Margot Lane, who turns three this month.

⁠”No Meeting with the president“The Welker family officially has a new member,” White House chief Peter Alexander told NBC News on the Sunday, June 2, episode of the show, which he hosted in Welker’s absence. “Look at the block!”

Alexander, 47, continued: “John Zachary’s older sister, Margot, as you can imagine, is very proud, welcoming her little brother home yesterday.” “Her surrogate, who she calls an ‘Earthangel,’ is in great shape,” Kristen shares.

“From all of us here in Meet the pressAlexander added: “A huge congratulations to Kristen, John, Margo and all the grandparents. And to John Zachary, we know you’re watching, and we can’t wait to meet you.”

People helped spread the news that Welker and Hughes are expanding their family.

“This is an extraordinary moment, there’s no doubt about that,” Welker, who made history as the first black journalist to run a public affairs program, said Sunday when she became host of the NBC show. Meet the press Last September.

The couple became parents for the first time in June 2021, when they welcomed daughter Margot Lane via surrogate. The couple struggled with infertility for three years before pursuing surrogacy, a process she told PEOPLE filled her with uncertainty the first time around.

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“I think when you first embark on a surrogacy journey, it’s a big leap of faith,” Welker recalls, adding that she wondered, “Will I connect with Margot right away? Will she feel any different about me?” ”

These questions disappeared when Margot arrived. “We connected instantly,” Welker said. “She looked at me, and I looked at her and told her I loved her more than the whole world, and all the fears I was feeling went away instantly.” [So] I have really been able to enjoy this second surrogacy journey. “This was a very different experience.”

Kristen Welker and John Hughes with their daughter Margot.

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As for Margot, she was ready for John Zachary’s arrival.

“Margot was telling her classmates that Mama and Dada were getting her a little brother for her birthday,” Welker laughed. “She is very proud of the fact that her little brother will sleep in her old bed.”

Welker added that while she and Hughes had some names in mind for their then-baby, Margot came up with a name for him that they adopted into their home: “Lulu.”

Meet the press It airs Sundays on NBC.

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