Kathie Lee Gifford Says Daughter Cassidy Is an ‘Amazing Mom' and Reveals Funny Nickname She’s Given Grandson

Cassidy Gifford and husband Ben Wierda welcomed their first baby in June

Michael Kovac/Getty Kathie Lee Gifford and daughter Cassidy
Michael Kovac/Getty Kathie Lee Gifford and daughter Cassidy

Kathie Lee Gifford is a proud grandma.

While appearing on Tuesday's episode of Today with Hoda & Jenna, the former Today co-host, 70, and her daughter Cassidy, who welcomed her first baby, son Finn, with husband Ben Wierda in June, chatted about the 30-year-old's journey into motherhood.

"She’s an amazing mom," Kathie Lee raves.

Turning to Cassidy, Jenna Bush Hager says they have to talk about her baby boy.

"It’s just the best," Cassidy says of motherhood, as Kathie Lee adds, "We call him Finnston Churchill."

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Bush Hager then asks Cassidy how becoming a mom has changed things for her.

"It has changed literally everything," says Cassidy. "Just watching the joy that he finds in everything; just that childlike wonder in every little thing. He’s just perfect, but I’m incredibly biased."

Kathie Lee shares that when her daughter was recently staying at her house, she was excited to get some quiet during the night.

"We went to our house and Cass took a nap and slept all through the night last night and you forget that that’s what it’s all about at the beginning. In her case, for a long time. Yeah… Cody’s kids are much better," the proud grandma explains, adding that her son's kids are just better sleepers.

Cassidy also adds that becoming a mom has changed her relationship with Kathie Lee.

"It’s fostered a different appreciation for that motherly love," Cassidy says. "You can hear about it, everyone tells you about it, but until it happens, you guys know — it’s just the most overwhelming, all-encompassing love."

"Every little thing. It’s given me a lot of grace for my mom, looking back on times where I haven’t had the same understanding because you love your child, more than anything in the world. So thanks, Mom."

Cassidy announced she welcomed her baby boy in June, sharing the news on her Instagram. "Our whole entire world. Finn Thomas Wierda 6.24.2023. We are so madly in love with you, buddy," she captioned a photo of the newborn's foot in her hand.

In addition to grandson Finn, Kathie Lee is also grandma to son Cody's sons Frankie and Ford.

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