Kelly Ripa: 'All My Children,' Indeed

updated 02/25/2003 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/25/2003 01:00PM

"Live With Regis and Kelly" cohost Kelly Ripa has given birth to her third child, a boy, she told Regis Philbin and TV viewers Tuesday, speaking by phone from her New York hospital bed.

The arrival gives Ripa, 31, and her husband, "All My Children" actor Mark Consuelos, 32, two boys and a girl. The other offspring are Michael, 5, and sister, Lola, who is nearly 2.

The parents, married since 1996, have named the baby Joaquin, but they have yet to select a middle name, said Ripa -- who said they are considering "Regis" so that he can be called "J.R."

Joaquin was born by C-section at 9:31 a.m. Monday -- while Ripa's show was being broadcast.

She says she tried to call her sidekick from the hospital delivery room while she was giving birth, but there was no phone.

Last summer, PEOPLE reported that Ripa had found a way to make more time in her day: She and Consuelos sold their suburban Franklin Lakes, N.J., home for $915,000 and moved into a Manhattan condo -- which put her near the ABC studio where she shoots "Live."

As for her "Live" duties, Ripa is expected to return to the show from maternity leave in May.

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