The news has Al Roker ecstatic!
On Monday’s broadcast, the Today weatherman talked to Sky Clara Laga about becoming a grandma for the first time.
“It is magical, it really is,” he said.
On July 3, his daughter Courtney Roker and her husband Wesley Laga welcomed a grandchild, whom he claims was not named after his profession.
Al informed his fellow Today show hosts that everyone in the family was “doing well.”
“You know, Courtney had a [cesarian section], so she’s struggling a little bit with that. And Wes, you know, I think the gravity of being a dad. But he still has that buoyant personality.”
Al, for his part, couldn’t be happier with his promotion.
“The thing is, everyone tells you it’s going to be ‘this thing’ and you don’t know; it’s like when they tell you about having your first child. And then to hold this little girl, knowing almost 35 years ago I held her mom? And here she is, 5 lbs., 15 oz. 19 inches long and she’s just perfect.”
“I’m telling you, she’s a great sleeper,” he said of Sky. “Sleeps for four hours, wakes up, goes to the bathroom, sleeps another four. We’re on the same schedule!”
Al said that he wasn’t the only one who was “over the moon” about the new baby.
Nick, his son with wife Deborah Roberts, is now 20, and he is overjoyed to have Sky join the family.
“He said, after he finished holding her, ‘I’m enthralled.’ “
After Al Roker’s health crisis this must be an excellent news…
After a near-fatal incident at the end of last year caused by blood clots in his lungs, the famous weatherman was hospitalized on and off from late November until January 6th, 2023, missing nearly thirty episodes of Today.
In case you missed it, Al Roker previously shared a health worry of his on Twitter.
“So many of you have been thoughtfully asking where I’ve been,” he began his post. “Last week I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which sent some clots into my lungs.”
“After some medical whack-a-mole, I am so fortunate to be getting terrific medical care and on the way to recovery. Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers and hope to see you soon. Have a great weekend, everyone.”
“Innocently, many of you have wondered where I am. Last week, I was hospitalized with a blood clot that originated in my leg and eventually made its way to my lungs. After some medical whack-a-mole, I’m very relieved to finally be receiving top-notch care and making progress in my rehabilitation. We hope to see you soon and thank you for your prayers and concern. Best wishes to all for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.”
Concerns about the TV star’s health have persisted for a long time.
Two years ago, he disclosed, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and subsequently underwent surgery. Because of persistent hip and knee pain, he has had multiple surgical procedures.
Roker has been a broadcaster since the mid-1970s, and since then, he has won numerous honors for the quality of his newscasts.
He recently finished the Brooklyn Half Marathon despite some health issues.
Positive messages were anticipated and received. Happy for him, Hoda Kotb replied, “Al Roker– hurry back to us… counting the days xoxoxo,” and Jenna Bush Hager, who added, “Love you Al! Hurry home. You are missed and loved beyond measure!”
Dylan Dryer expressed his love and support for Al by saying, “Love you Al and praying every day for a speedy recovery!” And Craig Melvin wrote, “Love you brother… can’t wait to have you back!”
He’s back on Today now that he’s feeling better, but his wife of 27 years can’t help but say how shocked they all still are.
At the premiere of the documentary Pretty Baby, directed by Brooke Shields, Deborah, an anchor for ABC News, spoke with Entertainment Tonight about her role as a caregiver for her husband.
She said: “I think a lot of people don’t realize that – and I never realized that – that being a caregiver is really taxing, exhausting, frightening, all of those things.”
The journalist said, “I never went through anything like this,” adding, “And I hope I’ll never do it again.”
She continued: “But it’s tough,” and, detailing how while Al is in much better shape, it nonetheless has been difficult to move past the dark period, she said: “I’m still kind of, I think, recuperating. I’m still kind of tired. I’m still mentally exhausted.”
However, she further said: “But you know what, I’m grateful and just trying to just bask in the moment and just be happy that he’s well, and we’re all well.”
On January 6th, when Al returned to Today, the ABC star was there to greet him.
Despite the fact that Al is “back to driving her crazy,” Deborah has an effective support network in place and attributes her ability to cope with her husband’s health scare to her religious and spiritual beliefs.
“My family got me through it, my colleagues got me through it. Colleagues, many of whom are here today, lifted me up in times when I felt like I just couldn’t make it. People were there, and texting and emailing and calling, and that made all the difference.”
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We truly hope they never have to go through something similar again, and we are sending the family healings and prayers that everything will be OK!
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