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NBC News' Kristen Welker, husband welcome first child 

NBC News' Kristen Welker said of the arrival

NBC News' Kristen Welker said of the arrival of her and husband John Hughes' daughter: "Margot is truly the love of our lives." Credit: Pool / Getty Images / Jim Bourg

NBC News chief White House correspondent and "Weekend Today" co-anchor Kristen Welker and her husband of four years, marketing executive John Hughes, have welcomed their first child.

The couple told the NBC morning show "Today" that Margot Lane Welker Hughes was born at 2:12 a.m. on Saturday, via surrogate. The name Margot honors Welker's grandmother Margaret, while Lane is a family name on the Hughes side.

Welker, who turns 45 on July 1, said she and the surrogate "stayed in [hospital] rooms next to each other and visited throughout so that we and little Margot could thank her for bringing Margot into the world," adding, "Margot is truly the love of our lives. Seeing her precious face and looking into her eyes had made every minute of our journey worth it."

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