Al Roker found out about his daughter’s pregnancy in an unusual way

The beloved weatherman says he already has a "grandfather name."

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Al Roker says he learned about his daughter’s pregnancy via text from a family member, PEOPLE reports.

The weatherman’s daughter, Courtney Roker Laga, and her husband Wesley announced they are expecting their first child after tying the knot in 2021. Laga posted a video montage of her and her hubby that included footage of her ultrasound. She caption the clip: “A new adventure is about to begin.”

“We’re very excited. It’s hard to believe,” said Roker during Wednesday’s “Today” broadcast. “It still hasn’t quite sunken in.”

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Al Roker attends the 2022 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame on April 14, 2022 at The Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Roker noted that “he’s known for a while,” about his daughter’s pregnancy but initially found out accidentally from the brother of his son-in-law. “Wes’ goofy brother accidentally dropped it in a text,” Roker told co-host Hoda Kotb. “Thanks, Cory.”

Roker shares Laga with ex-wife Alice Bell. He and current wife Deborah Roberts have two children together: 24-year-old Leila and Nick, 20.

He already has a “grandfather name,” Roker joked. “I think in honor of my dad, I’m going to try to go for Pop-Pop,” he said.

This is welcome news in light of the weatherman’s recent health struggles. Roker was hospitalized in November for treatment related to a complication with blood clots, theGrio reported. One day after being released — on Thanksgiving — he was admitted to the hospital a second time. 

“It’s been a tough slog, I’m not going to deny this,” Roker said on social media in December. “This has been the hardest one yet — and you know, I’ve had my fair share of surgeries. But it gives you a profound sense of gratitude for this outpouring of prayers and thanks. I’m a very fortunate person.”

In January, Roker returned to “Today” with Roberts by his side to discuss his health battle. “He is a living, breathing miracle,” Roberts said, ET Online reported. “He really is, and I have to say — I’m not overstating it, I don’t think — Al was a very, very sick man. And I think most people did not know that.”

According to People, Roker — who will become a grandfather for the first time — wrote in the comments section of Laga’s Instagram announcement. “Here we go!!! So very very happy!!!!! You guys.” 

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