Jenna Bush Hager is candid about the “almost evolutionary” experience of holding her newborn niece for the first time, recalling how she felt “guilt” when she became pregnant with her third child for knowing her twin sister Barbara Bush had a baby. baby wanted.
Today’s host, who helps her sister in Maine, called the morning show on Wednesday to talk about her family’s newest addition, Cora Georgia Coyne, whose middle name is a tribute to their father, former President George W. Bush.
“I flew as fast as I could and got to hold her, and it was just one of those moments in life that I’ll never forget,” Jenna, 39, told her co-stars Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie.
First time aunt! Jenna Bush Hager called on the Today show Wednesday to talk about meeting her twin sister Barbara Bush’s newborn daughter, Cora Georgia Coyne
Family of three: Barbara, 39, and husband Craig Coyne, 40, welcomed their first child on Monday in Kennebunkport, near the Bush family home
Barbara, 39, and her husband Craig Coyne, 40, welcomed their first child in Kennebunkport, near the Bush family home, on Monday.
Jenna has three children of her own – Mila, Poppy and Hal – and she described how special it is to experience motherhood with her sister for the first time.
“I mean, there was something almost evolutionary about it, because as you both know, my sister, we’re inseparable, we’ve done all these things together, and the only thing she hadn’t done was have a baby, and so I dear little girl yesterday,” she said.
Jenna explained that her sister has always wanted children, and people were constantly asking her when she was going to have a baby.
“When we were writing books and traveling, people would always say to her, ‘When are you going to have children?’ she said. ‘And it always annoyed me a bit, asking her about her work, there are other things. But I know it was something she had in her heart.
Jenna found out she was pregnant with her third child, two-year-old Hal, just a few months after Barbara and Craig got married in October 2018, and she admitted she was a little worried about how her sister would take the news.
Joy: Jenna said she flew to Maine ASAP, explaining that holding Cora for the first time was an ‘almost evolutionary’ experience
Protective: Jenna appears to have blurred the girl’s face slightly, perhaps trying to preserve her privacy
“When I got pregnant with Hal there was a bit of guilt, both for Barbara and then I knew it” [Hoda] wanted another baby, and my mom said, “Everybody gets their baby in their time.” And this is Barbara’s time.’
Jenna said her sister was planning to give birth in New York, but Cora arrived six weeks before her due date.
“The nurse said yesterday, ‘I think it’s divine intervention,'” she recalls.
She added that the baby is expected to be in the neonatal intensive care unit “for a while,” so she helped by driving back and forth to Target to get supplies.
Jenna was candid about her pregnancy and the Bush family’s history of infertility in her book Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss. She admitted that even her parents, George W. and Laura Bush, were concerned about Barbara’s reaction.
‘They were delighted, but the first thing my father said was, ‘Did you tell Barbara?’ I knew my father was afraid that Barbara, newly married, would soon try to have a baby if she wasn’t already,” she wrote.
“My parents went through so much to conceive us, so they are sensitive to the feelings of anyone who hasn’t had the babies they want yet. They thought if Barbara tried, she would understandably be jealous of my pregnancy.’
Jenna proudly shared the first photos of her newborn niece Cora with her parents on Instagram a few hours ago on Tuesday. after the child’s arrival was announced by her delighted grandparents.
Brood: Cora Georgia is the fourth grandchild of George W. Bush and his wife Laura, who are also grandparents of Jenna’s three children with husband Henry Hager
George, 75, shared the news of his granddaughter’s birth via a press release issued Tuesday, which revealed that his daughter gave birth on Monday in Maine.
In one image, Barbara and Craig gently cradle their daughter Cora in a hospital bed. Another shows Jenna with her arm around Barbara holding her daughter.
She also posted two photos of her holding her niece wearing a face mask.
Jenna appeared to have lightly “muzzled” Cora’s face with an editing tool in some of the photos in an apparent effort to get her sister to decide whether to show her newborn daughter’s face on social media.
In her caption, she expressed her joy at meeting her newborn niece, while revealing that the girl arrived early.
“Dearest Cora Georgia,” she wrote. Today is the day I met my most beautiful, dearest, feisty niece (a little earlier than I expected!).
“I watched in awe as my sweetest, toughest @barbara.p.bush became a mom. And today is the day I fell in love! Some cousins are anxiously waiting to play with you, but not yet with love. Xx Aunt J.’
Baby Cora is the fourth grandchild of former President George W. Bush, 75, and his wife Laura, 74. The 43rd president and first lady announced the happy news in a press release issued Tuesday, calling Cora “healthy and cute.”
“With full hearts, Laura and I are delighted to announce the birth of our new granddaughter,” they wrote in a statement.
Barbara gave birth to Cora Georgia Coyne on September 27, 2021, in Maine, not far from our childhood home where Barbara and Craig were married.
“Cora is healthy and cute, and we are proud and grateful.”