Jimmy Fallon might be all about the guffaws on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but his and wife Nancy’s struggles with fertility are anything but funny. In fact, the couple, who struggled with fertility for five years before welcoming their daughter, Winnie, via surrogate, didn't tell family and friends about the pregnancy.
"We tried before, we told people and then it didn't happen," Fallon explained. "And it's just really depressing. It's really hard on everybody,” the comedian told Savannah Guthrie during his interview on the TODAY show Tuesday morning.
We couldn't be happier that this couple finally got their wish, and they of course seem totally smitten with their little Winnie. So how did that sweet name come about? Baby Fallon’s moniker is sentimental for the couple. Dubbed “Winnie Rose,” her name was inspired by Lake Winnipesaukee, where they vacationed for many years and even got engaged.
"My wife and I got engaged in New Hampshire at this lake house that her family's had forever, and it's on Lake Winnipesaukee. And so we went there every summer as we were dating,” Jimmy revealed.
As for her matching the name of iconic TV character Winnie from The Wonder Years, that’s just a happy coincidence, according to Jimmy.
“Winnie from The Wonder Years is the coolest girl in any TV show ever," the late night talk show host admitted. "And also, she's a 'win' for us."
While taking the opportunity to gush about his “little angel,” saying, “Little girls especially unlocking something in your heart,” Jimmy also made sure to send a message of hope to those who have had similar issues with fertility.
Jimmy knows that some people try even longer to have children, but says,”if there's anyone out there who is trying and they're just losing hope... just hang in there.” He went on to say, “Try every avenue; try anything you can do, 'cause you'll get there. You'll end up with a family, and it's so worth it. It is the most 'worth it' thing. I'm just so happy right now. I'm freaking out.”
What a sweet dad! Now when we can we expect a Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake rap/lullaby? It’s only a matter of time.