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Jenna Bush Hager Welcomes Daughter Poppy Louise Hager

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    It's a girl for Jenna Bush Hager and her family.

    The former first daughter and current NBC News correspondent has welcomed her second child with husband Henry Hager.

    Poppy Louise Hager was born at at 9:12 a.m. Thursday.

    The name is a tribute to her grandfather, George H.W. Bush, who was called "poppy" as a kid.

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    NBC's Savannah Guthrie spoke to the new mom, who said they FaceTimed with the former president and "he got very emotional."

    Growing up in Connecticut, Jenna said, George H.W. "was known as smart and loyal...so she has big shoes to fill."

    Their healthy baby girl joins big sister Mila who had a sense that a new family member was coming sooner rather than later.

    "She'll say, 'Hi, baby!' to my stomach. She is very precocious," Jenna said during a recent appearance on "Today." "I think she'll be a great big sister but there may be a learning curve. She definitely likes attention!"

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    As for having two kids under two in the same house, Jenna admits that it is more than a little intimidating. But with supportive family and experience as an elementary school teacher, the 33-year-old likely doesn't have too much to be worried about.

    "I'm kind of terrified because I think two [kids] changes the dynamics of things," she shared with Kathie Lee Gifford. "We got one down to a nice science."

    Through all the normal fears and pre-baby jitters, Jenna knows she can always count on her husband for support. The couple, who got married in 2008 at Jenna's parents' Prairie Chapel Ranch in Texas, have been by each other's sides throughout the second pregnancy.

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    "Feel so lucky that we're adding another precious, precocious little girl to our family," she wrote on Instagram while posing with Mila and Henry in the grass. "My heart is full."

    This will be the second grandchild for Jenna's parents, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush.

    Former President George W. Bush holds his granddaughter Poppy Louise Hager in a photo with former first lady Laura Bush and their granddaughter Mila.
    Photo credit: Bush Family Photo

    "Laura and I are overjoyed to meet our second grandchild today. Poppy Louise Hager entered the world yesterday in New York City, but we consider her an honorary Texan," George W. Bush said in a statement that also noted the tribute to the child's great-grandfather. " We are grateful to God -- and to Jenna and Henry -- for this beautiful, healthy gift of life."

    While it's a little premature to talk more babies, Jenna has shared her hopes before at having a big family.

    "I appreciate life so much more as a mom. And I feel so lucky. I know how wonderful motherhood is and that makes it so much sweeter," she shared on "Today." "I want a big family. We'll see what happens."

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