NBC News chief White House correspondent Kristen Welker has welcomed her first child with her husband John Hughes via surrogate. News of her baby’s arrival was announced on The Today Show, less than two months after the couple shared they were growing their family.

Kristen and John are now the proud parents of a baby girl! Their daughter was born on June 12th at 2:12 AM. She weighed 8 pounds and 6 ounces at birth. The couple’s surrogate is doing very well following the birth. Kristen and John have chosen to name their daughter Margot Lane Welker Hughes! Margot is a French name that means “Pearl.”

The couple shared via email with Today the inspiration behind their daughter’s name. Margot is named in honor of Kristen’s grandmother, Margaret. Kristen shared that her grandmother paved the way for here and her mom “to live a life she could only dream about!” Lane, Margot’s middle name is a family name from John’s side of the family.

The couple was very involved in the arrival of their daughter. During the birth, Kristen helped catch Margot and John cut the cord. “We stayed in rooms next to each other and visited throughout so that we and little Margot could thank her for bringing Margot into the world,” Kristen shared, referring to the family’s surrogate. “Also, Margot is truly the love of our lives. Seeing her precious face and looking into her eyes had made every minute of our journey worth it.”

Congratulations to Kristen and John on welcoming baby Margot into the world! We wish them all the best on their exciting new journey as parents.

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