Simon Cowell has taken his newborn son to a business meeting.
The 54-year-old star took Eric -- who was born last Friday, Feb 14 -- and his girlfriend Lauren Silverman to meet with some executives from TV channels in New York City after he failed to cancel his plans.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Baby Eric came along two weeks early so Simon still had meetings he was going to attend.
"As the birth went relatively smoothly, he decided to keep the appointments and asked Lauren to bring him along to him show off."
The 'X Factor' boss is expected to start his paternity leave next week, but friends close to him believe there will be nothing coming between him and a potential big project.
A pal said: "He's a workaholic. He lives for it. He loves Eric to bits but if an exciting idea comes up, he will want to be all over it like a rash."
Meanwhile, Simon -- who plans to divide his time between London and New York -- has applied for his son's first passport as he wants to take Eric back to the UK to introduce him to his mother Julie.
However, it is thought that Eric won't board a transatlantic flight for a few more weeks as experts recommend waiting until a newborn is four to six weeks old before taking them on an aeroplane.
Simon previously revealed he and Lauren -- who has eight-year-old son Adam with her ex-husband Andrew Silverman -- were planning to move over to the UK on a permanent basis.