Mariska Hargitay Tears Up About Her Surprising Second Adoption

Celebrity Moms Apr. 18, 2012 AT 10:45AM

Mariska Hargitay recently opened up about her family's heart-wrenching experience last year when the adoption she and her husband Peter Hermann were finalizing fell through. And while things worked out in the end -- they're now the proud parents of a 12-month-old Amaya -- Hargitay is no stranger to emotional rollercoaster that comes with adoption.

So when the family's lawyer called them up just months later, saying that they had a newborn boy who was ready to be adopted, the 48-year-old actress was completely overjoyed.

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"It was one of those things that we were not expecting at all and my husband and looked at each other and have never have been more sure about anything," she told Ellen DeGeneres Wednesday about adopting their son Andrew, 9 months.

Credit: courtesy of The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Adding that Andrew, who was just two-months-old at the time, arrived in their arms just two days later -- an anomaly for an adoption -- the Law and Order: SVU actress began to tear up.

"This has been a year of true blessings," she tearfully told DeGeneres, who handed her a tissue.

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Hargitay and Hermann are also parents to biological son August, 5.

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