Dec. 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM ET
The next generation of the Bush family will arrive in 2013.
TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager is pregnant with her first child! Bush Hager announced on TODAY Wednesday that she and husband Henry Hager will become parents next year, four years after tying the knot.
Jenna, who got married in May of 2008 at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, has said her parents are eager for her to start a family. Until recently, however, her parenting plans were limited to pets."I'm fired up," her dad, former president Bush, said on a phone call to the show. And Jenna's mom, former first lady Laura Bush, said, "I'm thrilled." "It's a springtime baby," said Jenna, who admitted she was "nervous and excited" to let the world know.
“I just have a cat, to my parents’ dismay,” the 31-year-old told People magazine last year. "My dad saw my husband's boss at a conference, and he said to stop paying my husband until we produce children."
Her famous father has made no secret of his desire to be a grandfather, telling AARP magazine in 2010, “I’m a little disappointed it hasn’t happened yet.”
On the phone call Wednesday, Matt Lauer asked the former president what he'd like his new grandchild to call him, as Jenna suggested "Popsicle."
"Sir," he responded.
Though she said in 2010 it would be “years” before she had a child, Jenna hinted last month she was interested in a change of pace and reconnecting with her Southern roots, which will likely play a role in her parenting style.
“I’m kind of a homesick Southern person, a Texan living here in New York,” she told Matt Lauer last month as she announced her new role as Editor at Large of Southern Living magazine. “I do miss the slow Texas way.”
Jenna said the magazine was always around her house while she was growing up, and now she’ll be exploring what it means to add motherhood into the mix.
“I think it’s fun to be able to talk about what the new generation of Southern women are doing,” she said, “which is balancing a lot.”
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