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Simon Cowell shares sweet photos of newborn son

It's a boy for Simon Cowell! The famously gruff music mogul shows his newly paternal, soft and sensitive side in a sweet series of newborn pics.

Photo: Simon Cowell via Twitter Photo: Simon Cowell via Twitter

It's a boy for Simon Cowell!

Simon, 54, and his girlfriend, Lauren Silverman, 38, welcomed a baby boy at 5:45 p.m. on Valentine's Day—Friday, February 14.

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Earlier today, the famously gruff music mogul/X Factor judge gushed about the big news on Twitter, shared sweet pics of their new baby boy, and revealed the name they chose and its origins.

“Mum, Dad and Eric," he captioned the above photo. "Now two days old."

"You can see how very handsome little Eric is," he shares along with this precious pic...

Photo: Simon Cowell via Twitter Photo: Simon Cowell via Twitter
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And, "I never knew how much love and pride I would feel," he tweets with this tender shot....

Photo: Simon Cowell via Twitter Photo: Simon Cowell via Twitter

Awww! It's refreshing to see this side of Simon Cowell, don't you think? So intimate and sweet.

This is the first child for Simon and the second for Lauren (who has an eight-year-old son with her former husband—Simon Cowell's former friend...). Baby Eric weighed in at six pounds, seven ounces.

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"Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45pm. Healthy and handsome,” Simon tweeted when the news first broke.

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“Lauren in great shape. Thanks for all of your kind messages," he added.

And finally, the origins of Eric's name: "Named after my dad."

Congrats to the family!

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This article was originally published on Feb 16, 2014

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Haley Overland is a writer/editor at Today's Parent. Our resident celebrity queen, she dishes out all the sweetest scoop on celebrity families at our Celebrity Candy blog. She has interviewed celeb moms like Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba and Jillian Michaels, and has shared her expertise on CTV’s ETalk. Haley also has an award-winning personal blog, CheatyMonkey.com, where she writes about everything from motherhood to yoga, her dog “Betty White” and what it's like to be Clive Owen's girlfriend. Haley has two kids, whom she fondly refers to online as “The Monkey” and “The Rascal.”

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