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In a sweet and revealing interview with the TODAY Show, talk show host Jimmy Fallon not only shared that he and his wife used a surrogate to conceive daughter Winnie Rose, but that it took five long years to make their dreams of a family come true. His candidness about the brutal impact of infertility on their lives will be familiar to anyone who’s lived through it -- and hopefully those struggling will hear his message of hope too:
"We've tried a bunch of things," he told Savannah Guthrie. "Anyone who's tried will know, it's just awful… I know people have tried much longer (than we have), but if there's anyone out there who is trying and they're just losing hope … just hang in there. Try every avenue; try anything you can do, 'cause you'll get there. You'll end up with a family, and it's so worth it. It is the most 'worth it' thing."
Fallon also spilled the beans on Winnie’s adorable name. No, the inspiration does not come from the A. A. Milne character or the ultimate junior high crush from "The Wonder Years" (although Jimmy calls Winnie Cooper "the coolest girl on any TV show ever"). The name was actually taken from Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, where Fallon and his wife have vacationed and got engaged -- and will probably now be receiving quite the tourism boost.
He also added, adorably, “Also, she’s a ‘win’ for us.” Aw.