Former first lady Laura Bush and her daugher Jenna Bush Hager sat down on the Today show this morning to discuss the newest member of their family, Barbara Bush’s first child — who may already be former President George W. Bush’s favortite.
Barbara, 39, and her husband Craig Coyne, 40, announced the arrival of daughter Cora Georgia Coyne last week, giving the little girl a middle name inspired by her grandfather and great-grandfather, former President George H. W. Bush.
‘It was really great,’ Laura, 74, said of her husband’s reaction to the name. ‘Cora Georgia, she’ll have to be his favorite.’
The quip had Jenna replying with a laugh, ‘What about my children? Don’t tell him that!’
Former first lady Laura Bush discussed the newest member of their family, Barbara Bush’s first child Cora Georgia Coyne, on the Today show this morning
She and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager discussed the exciting time on the Today show, with Laura sharing her husband’s reaction to the baby’s name
‘It was really great,’ Laura, 74, said of her husband’s reaction to the name. ‘Cora Georgia, she’ll have to be his favorite’
All jokes of favoritism aside, Laura shared how excited she and her husband were to have a fourth grandchild — and see Barbara become a mom for the first time.
‘We’re thrilled with that darling little baby, and I know Barbara and Craig are, too,’ Laura said.
Barbara had planned to give birth in New York City, but Cora arrived six weeks early while she was at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine — so she ended up delivering at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, Maine instead.
‘She’s just a little, tiny, premature baby, but she’s doing great,’ Laura said.
‘I went every day to hold the baby in the hospital,’ she went on, adding that she read Cora the book ‘On the Night You Were Born’ by Nancy Tillman.
‘She was, of course, very fascinated with it,’ Laura said. ‘I don’t know that she opened her eyes.
‘We’re thrilled with that darling little baby, and I know Barbara and Craig are, too,’ Laura said
New baby: Barbara, 39, and her husband Craig Coyne, 40, announced the arrival of daughter Cora Georgia Coyne last week
‘We’re looking forward to the baby being able to get out of the intensive care nursery pretty soon, I hope, and get to come home with her mother.’
Jenna also said that her own three children, Mila, Poppy, and Hal, can’t wait to meet their cousin.
Jenna shared the first images of Cora on September 28, showing her sister tenderly cradling her daughter in a hospital bed.
Another photo captured Jenna with her arm around her sister and newborn niece in a hospital chair, with two other snaps showing the Today show host herself proudly holding Cora.
‘Dearest Cora Georgia,’ Jenna wrote. ‘Today is the day I got to meet my most beautiful, precious, feisty, niece (a bit earlier than I expected!).
‘I witnessed in awe as my dearest, toughest @barbara.p.bush became a mama. And today is the day I fell in love!
‘We’re looking forward to the baby being able to get out of the intensive care nursery pretty soon, I hope, and get to come home with her mother,’ Laura said this week
Today show host Jenna, who said her three children are ‘anxiously waiting’ to meet their new cousin, was pictured proudly cradling her niece
‘I witnessed in awe as my dearest, toughest @barbara.p.bush became a mama. And today is the day I fell in love!’ Jenna wrote
‘Some cousins are anxiously waiting to play with you, but not just yet love,’ she concluded, sighing it ‘Xx auntie j.’
The 43rd president and first lady announced the happy news in a press release issued last week, calling Cora ‘healthy and adorable.’
‘With full hearts, Laura and I are delighted to announce the birth of our new granddaughter,’ Bush wrote in a statement that he and Laura later shared on InNstagram.
‘Barbara gave birth to Cora Georgia Coyne on September 27, 2021, in Maine — not far from our family home where Barbara and Craig were married.
‘Cora is healthy and adorable, and we are proud and grateful.’
Unlike Jenna, who regularly documents her family life on social media, Barbara is famously private and keeps her personal life mostly hidden from the spotlight.
She runs a health nonprofit and has taken a keen interest in helping AIDS patients in Africa.
Brood: Cora Georgia is the fourth grandchild of George and his wife Laura, 74, who are also grandparents to the three children of Barbara’s twin sister Jenna and her husband Henry
Cousins: Cora is cousin to Jenna’s three children Mila, Poppy, and Henry ‘Hal’
Siblings: George (pictured with his family at the White House in 2004) once described Barbara as being ‘an observer,’ explaining that she was always ‘more reserved’ from a young age
George W. previously opened up about his daughter’s discreet personality in a segment for Today, during which he recounted how Barbara and Jenna once joined their grandfather for a political rally in Texas around the age of three. He recalled how the sisters’ respective personalities were clearly showing even at such a young age.
‘Barbara was an observer, Jenna was a participant. Barbara is more reserved and Jenna is pretty outgoing. It was a reflection of their little personalities,’ he said.
The birth of Barbara’s daughter comes almost three years to the day after she and Vanderbilt graduate Craig tied the knot in an intimate surprise ceremony in Maine, having been engaged for just five weeks.
Barbara and Craig’s wedding was attended by a close circle of friends and family, including George and Laura, Jenna and Henry and their three children, and the bride’s grandfather, George H.W. Bush, whose wife Barbara had passed away just six months earlier.
The ceremony was officiated by Barbara’s aunt, Dorothy Bush Koch, while her nieces Mila and Poppy served as flower girls for the occasion.
Bush gave birth to Cora Georgia near the family’s compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, which is where she and Craig were wed in 2018
Under wraps: Barbara is famously very private and rarely shares information about her private life, however it is known that she and Craig first met on a blind date in November 2017
At the time, it was reported that Barbara and Craig were planning to settle down together in New York City, having spent much of their relationship living on separate coasts, with Barbara residing in the Big Apple and writer Craig remaining in Los Angeles.
Barbara and Craig first began dating in November 2017 after being set up on a blind date by friends, and they made their relationship official on New Year’s Eve just a few weeks later.
Craig proposed to Barbara during a family gathering in Maine just five weeks before they tied the knot.
‘It’s just been a very sweet romance,’ Barbara told People at the time. ‘And we’ve been long-distance for most of it — he’s been in LA and I’ve been in New York — but we’ve gotten to spend a lot of time together.’