Can we get another Mazel for Bravo’s Andy Cohen?! The 50-year-old new dad welcomed his first child, Benjamin Allen, via surrogate on February 4, and we haven’t stopped celebrating since. Andy got candid with PEOPLE magazine on February 13 about his road to becoming a father, and spoiler alert, he’s pretty thrilled with the way everything turned out.
After making the decision to pursue fatherhood, the talk show host needed a little help in chasing his dream. So, Andy found and “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 the outlet. “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.”
“I think the biggest moment for me in the process was this summer,” the Watch What Happens Live host recalled. “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.”
Whoa, indeed. Eventually, the Bravo boss’ surrogate obviously moved out of the pregnancy stage and into the birthing stage. So, where was Andy in all that?
“I was in the delivery room. I had been hoping that he would have a full head of hair, and he really over-delivered,” the new dad joked. “That was the first thing you see, the head of hair coming out. And I was amazed.”
Andy proceeded to “cut the umbilical cord” himself, after which the doctors cleaned teeny Benjamin off and brought him to his new father, who went skin-to-skin with his son for the very first time.
“He was so alert for the first two hours. His eyes were wide open. He didn’t cry; he was just calm,” the happy dad revealed. “I kind of have no words for it.”