Joan Lunden's Second Set of Twins Arrives
It's another girl and a boy, carried by the same surrogate, for the 53-year-old TV hostess
Joan Lunden and her husband, businessman Jeff Konigsberg, welcomed their second set of twins, another girl and a boy, on March 1, a rep for the TV personality announced Monday.
Kimberly Elise and Jack Andrew weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and 7 lbs. 9 oz., respectively, and were carried by the same surrogate, Deborah Bolig, 44, who 20 months earlier delivered the couple’s first set of twins, Kate and Max, in the same Cincinnati hospital.
“I feel like I’m living on Noah’s Ark – they’re coming two by two,” Lunden, 53, said in a statement. She also has three daughters from a previous marriage, Jamie 24, Lindsay 21, and Sarah 17. Konigsberg, owner of several children’s summer camps, also has plenty of experience managing children.
After a June embryo transfer, Lunden and Konigsberg learned last July that Bolig was pregnant. “We weren’t actually trying for twins again,” said Lunden, “but of course that’s always in the cards when you implant more than one embryo.”
For many fans, who cheered her on through three pregnancies during her 17 years cohosting ABC’s “Good Morning America” and sighed contentedly when, eight years after a bitter divorce, she wed Konigsberg in April 2000, the big surprise has been that Lunden chose in her 50s to expand her brood.
“Even before I met Jeff, I really wanted to find somebody who wanted to have a family,” Lunden told PEOPLE in 2003. As for the manner is which her household grew: “You usually only hear about surrogacy when there’s a horror story (over custody). Word needs to get out that it is a viable option if done safely and correctly with a good agency so everyone is protected.”