#parent | #kids | Anderson Cooper on How Fatherhood Has Changed Him

In our series My Monday Morning, self-motivated people tell WSJ. how they start off the week.
Anderson Cooper has heard that his baby Wyatt’s sleep schedule is unusual: His almost four-month-old son is sleeping 12 hours a night right now. “I have an amazing nurse… I’m not sure what she’s done but I’m told there’s no Ambien or whiskey involved,” says the CNN anchor, who hosts Anderson Cooper 360° and the digital show Anderson Cooper Full Circle, and appears on 60 Minutes as a correspondent. In April, at the end of one of the network’s weekly town halls, Cooper told viewers about Wyatt’s birth. He thanked the baby’s surrogate mother and teared up when he mentioned members of his family, including his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, who are no longer with him but who he likes to believe are watching over him and Wyatt.
Fatherhood, he says, has woken him up: “It’s changed everything. I’ve often in my life felt like I was waiting for my actual life to begin—it’s obviously ridiculous because I’m 53 years old—but… I’ve been very focused on getting to some place, getting a story. Because I’m focused on him, it gives an order to everything.”
Cooper has been a reporter since 1992, working in over 80 countries, moderating presidential debates and winning 17 Emmys. He’s the author of two best-selling books: a memoir published in 2006, and a collection of correspondence between him and his mother, published in 2016, The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss. Here, he speaks to WSJ. about his recent discovery of coffee, organizing his mom’s archives and why he’s cutting back on his Twitter use.
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