Cooper, 53, welcomed his very first child back on April 27, stating how he felt like life has finally started. “It feels like my life has actually begun,” Cooper revealed to PEOPLE in June.
“I sort of wonder, what was I waiting for? This is a new level of love,” he went on. “It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced, and yet it’s also very familiar and incredibly special and intimate. It’s really extraordinary.”
Cooper co-parents his 6-month-old with former partner Benjamin Maisani, 47, and has churned out constant updates their sweet son since his arrival.
In September, Cooper revealed to his Instagram followers how Wyatt is “such a happy baby even though he has started teething” while posting a selfie of the two.
“When I was 12 years old and knew I was gay and thought about my life, it always upset me because I thought, ‘I will never be able to have a kid,’ ” he said in June for PEOPLE’s first-ever Pride issue. “This is a dream come true.”
In addition, being a dad has given Cooper a new perspective in his work revealing how he feels “invested in the future in a way I hadn’t really before.”
“There’s something about having a child that makes you feel connected to what is happening and you want to make sure that the world this child is growing up in is a better one. You suddenly worry much more about the future of all of us,” he said at the time.
And while Cooper admits he has become “more tired than I’ve ever been” he also said he “wouldn’t change it for the world.”
“I cry at things I never cried at before,” he said. “And Benjamin, I’ve never seen him cry, but I couldn’t believe how weepy he gets with Wyatt. I find myself being overwhelmed with emotion, and it’s a lovely thing.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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