Anderson Cooper Shares the Sweet Way His Mom Is "Watching Over Wyatt" During Nursery Tour

Nicol Natale
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From Prevention

  • Anderson Cooper, 53, gave a tour of his newborn son Wyatt Morgan Cooper's nursery.

  • The CNN news anchor has two paintings by his late mother Gloria Vanderbilt in the nursery, as well as some of his stuffed animals from growing up.

  • Cooper said being a father is unlike anything he's ever experienced.

Andersoon Cooper adopted a baby boy in early May, and the CNN news anchor just showed off Wyatt Morgan Cooper's nursery for the very first time.

In a new video for People, the proud father gave a tour of Wyatt's blue and gold nursery while his son napped in his crib. (Brave!) While Cooper says he's still putting up the finishing touches, he made sure the nursery included a special tribute to his late parents, Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Emory Cooper. (The CNN host named Wyatt after his father.)

Pointing to a large painting, Cooper explained that the work of art is a self-portrait of Vanderbilt and her husband. "I thought it would be nice to have it in here and have them watching over Wyatt," Cooper said.

The CNN anchor showed off a second Vanderbilt original, this time a beach landscape, hanging in Wyatt's nursery. "This is actually one of the last paintings she ever did before she died," he explained. "I really liked it and she gave it to me." The painting has a sweet message: "Nothing can ever separate our love."

Cooper showed off a papier-mâché angel hanging from the ceiling that also belonged to his mother. "This is a papier-mâché Cupid that I think my mom got on 1stdibs, and she always had it hanging in her apartment," he said, adding that he liked the angel's eyes. "There's something really sweet about it, so I took it from her apartment and brought it here."

Aside from his mother's paintings, Cooper wanted the nursery to have personal touches from his own childhood, so he saved some of his stuffed animals from when he was a kid to include them in Wyatt's nursery.

"This is my Snoopy," he said while holding up the stuffed animal. "I loved him so much. I used to hold him by the neck all of the time, so his neck is loose, which I apologize for." Snoopy wears a t-shirt that belonged to Cooper's brother, Carter. "I remember at the time I was worried that Snoopy was cold, so I asked my bother for a t-shirt and cut it. I should probably wash this," he said.

Cooper shared some other meaningful stuffed animals, like his "best friend" Cuddles the elephant, and his ex-boyfriend Benjamin Maisani's stuffed frog Kermit, who traveled all the way from France. "He's here to watch over Wyatt too," he said. Cooper previously said he and Maisani will co-parent Wyatt together.

The CNN host even has a drawing from his surrogate's child hanging in the room. "I love having it. It's a sloth, because she knows I love sloths," he said.

In a cover interview for People, Cooper gushed about being a father. "When I was 12 years old and knew I was gay and thought about my life, it always upset me because I thought, 'I will never be able to have a kid,'" he said. "This is a dream come true."

"It feels like my life has actually begun," he continued. "This is a new level of love. It’s unlike anything I've experienced, and yet it's also very familiar and incredibly special and intimate. It's really extraordinary."

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