Kathie Lee Gifford's grandson was named after her late husband who was an NFL star.
Former Today co-host Kathie Lee Gifford's 7-month-old grandson is all dressed up like Grandpa Frank! The baby boy, born to their son Cody Gifford and his wife Erika Brown, was named after Frank Gifford. Erika recently shared on Instagram, a photo of her baby Frank Michael, dressed just like his grandfather, along with a photo the late NFL star, reported PEOPLE.
In the old photo of the late Gifford, who spent 12 years playing for the Giants, he can be seen wearing a white button-down with a tie and a sweater. In the second photo, Frank also wears a beret and is also seen holding a tiny plush, which he bites into. The little one's mom captioned the images, "Big Frank —swipe—> Little Frankie❤️💙🤍 SO proud of Grandpa’s team 🏈 Go @NYGiants ✨"
According to TODAY, Frank "Frankie" Michael Gifford, was born on May 31, 2022. He is the first child of Kathie Lee's son, Cody. At the time, the proud grandma posted a sweet picture of little Frankie swaddled in a duck-pattern blanket on Twitter. Kathie wrote, “What greater miracle is there than the miracle of life? I cannot contain my joy. Thank you, God, for the gift of little Frank Michael Gifford. 8 lbs. 8 oz. of sheer beauty.” However, she admitted she doesn't want to be called "Grandma", and that she prefers, "Bubbalah" or "Bubbie," in Yiddish which means "dearest one" or "cherished one." She joked, “And a little kid only goes, ‘Buh, buh, buh, buh, buh,’ anyway,” adding, “I think it’s going to be easy. Bubbie.”
Kathie Lee was pleasantly surprised when her son picked a sweet moniker for his child. “I was surprised Cody named him after his dad because Cody knew what it was like to grow up in the shadow of a great man,” she told Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, per Today. She added, “But I guess he’s never gotten over, really, and he never will, the loss of his dad at an early age and he was his hero and he still is.”
Kathie Lee found real love with Frank Gifford, a football star-turned-broadcaster, who was 23 years older than her. They met during her stint hosting Good Morning America. They fell in love and decided to formalize the relationship eventually. In 1986, they got married and welcomed son Cody in 1990 and daughter Cassidy in 1993. They stayed married until his death in 2015. “I knew I was going to love Frank instantly because I love babies,” she said. “But this is my son’s child — my husband’s son’s son — it’s all such a beautiful tapestry of life and creation."
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