The big daddy of Bravo officially became a dad in real life with the birth of his son on February 4th, 2019.
“I was in the delivery room. I had been hoping that he would have a full head of hair, and he really over-delivered,” jokes Andy. “That was the first thing you see, the head of hair coming out. And I was amazed.”
Andy reveals that he “cut the umbilical cord” himself and then went skin-to-skin with his newborn baby.
“He was so alert for the first two hours. His eyes were wide open. He didn’t cry; he was just calm,” Cohen recalls. “I kind of have no words for it.”
To make his dream of becoming a dad a reality Andy “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,” Andy explains. “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.”
Andy says that he felt “very lucky” that a week before he turned 50 the embryo that would turn into Benjamin was implanted into his surrogate.
Turns out Andy didn’t care if he had a boy or a girl as long as he had a healthy baby.
“I think the biggest moment for me in the process was this summer,” Andy recalls.
“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.”
Andy may be much older than most first time parents but he sees that as an advantage. Andy reveals that he has “a sense of calm that I didn’t have 10 [or] 20 years ago.”
“I think I will be [a] strict [dad], but I have a sense of what to get hysterical about and what to let slide,” he says. “I don’t want to be a helicopter dad. I don’t want to stress him out. I don’t want to stress myself out.”
“Well, that’s already happened,” Andy admits. “That’s just part of the job.”
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This is my son!! I grew up reading @People cover to cover, at a time when being gay meant there was no way to have a family. Now I’m honored to be featured on the magazine’s cover. Thank you @mrjesscagle for sharing my story. Link in bio, and check out the issue on stands Friday
Benjamin is so beautiful! I’m so thrilled for Andy! Benjamin is going to one spoiled baby between all the Housewives and all of Andy’s amazing celebrities friends. Can’t wait to see this little boy grow up – his life is going to be fabulous for sure!