Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent have welcomed their second child, a son whose name inspiration may come as a surprise. The couple welcomed Oskar Michael via surrogate on March 26, and named him after Nate's late partner, Fernando Bengoechea, whose middle name was Oskar. Although their baby boy's namesake was obviously a big part of Nate's life, the name was Jeremiah's sweet idea.
In 2004, Bengoechea was killed in the Sri Lankan tsunami, and Jeremiah says that as a couple they've always honored his memory. "He's a part of our love story," Jeremiah told People. "It's such an important chapter in Nate's life. So the idea that we can honor his memory in a beautiful way was exciting to us."
The couple has also told their 3-year-old daughter, Poppy, about Bengoechea. "She has photos of him, and she'll know his whole story," explains Brent, adding, "We both believe that the good stuff and the bad stuff is what really defines us. The kids will know both of our stories, where their names came from, and why."
As for Poppy's name inspiration, it came to Jeremiah in a dream. "Jeremiah had a dream that there was a little girl with dirty blonde hair and her name was Poppy," Nate told People in 2015. "He woke up, and he was like, 'Do you like the name Poppy?' And I do, so that's her."
Congratulations to the couple!