Mara Schiavocampo Welcomes Son Cruz Achille

01/05/2016 at 02:15 PM ET

Mara Schiavocampo is used to covering fast-paced news as a journalist for ABC, but when she gave birth to her son Cruz Achille Porter on Tuesday, Jan. 5 — just 10 minutes after arriving at the hospital — his “lightning fast” delivery took the veteran reporter by surprise.

“The delivery was insane, I never expected anything like that. It gives me a whole new appreciation for the stories we do about women giving birth in a taxi or on the subway!” Schiavocampo, 36, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“But it was beyond worth it; I’m so thrilled to be able to hold my baby boy. He’s just a doll, and so mellow. I can’t wait for his sister to meet him.”

Mara Schiavocampo welcomes son Cruz
Courtesy Schiavocampo-Porter Family

Mara Schiavocampo welcomes son Cruz
On the way to the hospital! – Courtesy Mara Schiavocampo

Mara Schiavocampo welcomes son Cruz
Pre-delivery mani – Courtesy Mara Schiavocampo

Born at 5:33 a.m. and weighing in at 7 lbs., 11 oz., Cruz’s middle name is a family one. “Achille was my grandfather’s name,” Schiavocampo, who wasn’t due until Jan. 11, explains.

She and husband of 10 years Tommie Porter are also parents to 4-year-old daughter Nina.

“She’s coming after school in a few hours. She was so excited when we left the house this morning that she couldn’t stop jumping up and down,” the new mom of two says. “Becoming a mom is the best thing that ever happened to me … I’m just so excited and thrilled and blessed.”

Baby's first selfies. Welcome to the world, Cruz Achille Porter.

A photo posted by Mara Schiavocampo (@maracamp) on

Now with the family of four getting ready to head home, Schiavocampo won’t be wasting anytime getting back to her go-to diet and exercise plan.

After struggling to lose weight following the birth of her daughter, she released Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds — My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self Acceptance, which is now available in paperback.

— Emily Strohm

FILED UNDER: Babies , Births , Mara Schiavocampo , News

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gymluv on

Congratulations to the new parents. Shame on People for making up the last bit about not wasting any time getting back to her diet and exercise routine. Mara had a baby less than 12 hours ago and the article had to mention losing the baby weight. Enough already.

Julie on

That is one beautiful family!!!
@gymluv….I agree. So stupid to mention diet/exercise when a woman just freaking gave birth!!!

megan on

“won’t be wasting anytime getting back to her go-to diet and exercise plan”

Who approved this line ? She just had the baby!

Anonymous on

Congratulations to Mara and Tommie on the new addition!

Molly on

Loved her on TV! Congrats.

Pamela on

Awww he is so cute.

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