Actress Christina Ricci has given birth to a baby boy, confirms US Weekly. This is the first child for her and husband James Heerdegen, a camera technician she met on set of the TV seriesPan Am. They got married in October 2013 in New York City. Ricci didn’t confirm her pregnancy until late May, when she was spotted with a baby bump at LAX.
No official baby name, photos, or statements have been announced or revealed by her reps yet, but we wish the best for the new parents as they soak in every moment of this amazing time with a newborn baby!
Jay Z may have 99 problems, but finding his baby twin ain’t one.
Word of the rap mogul’s pint-sized doppelganger quickly spread after a Reddit user posted a photo of him with the caption, “My friend’s son looks like Jay Z.” Um, you think? This kid has Hova’s full lips, almond-shaped eyes, and even the half-scowl down pat. Just saying, he can give this other Jay Z lookalike from 1939 a run for his money.
Of course, baby-celeb lookalikes are nothing new. Last year, Mommy Shorts rounded up 30 such twins, and though some were kind of a stretch, a few nailed it. (See: John Goodman and the Cabbage Patch Kid.) Still, I have yet to see one that’s as spot on as the Reddit baby, have you?
Sweet baby Jane! Fresh off of paternity leave, Jimmy Kimmel finally showed off photos of his newborn daughter — and she’s friggin’ adorable! But don’t take my word for it. See the cuteness for yourself below:
The big reveal happened during Monday’s taping of Kimmel’s late-night show, the Daily Mail reports. Naturally, the proud dad devoted his monologue to life with Jane, starting with her July 10 delivery. “My wife is doing fine, I’m fine too,” he told the audience. “I was so brave. I cried a little but I didn’t scream. You guys would’ve been very, very proud of me.”
The third-time dad — he has two older children from his first marriage — is clearly smitten with his baby girl. Explaining that he’s taking “somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 pictures of her a day,” he joked that Jane has finally had enough. “She thinks I’m with TMZ.” He and wife Molly McNearney have also set the bar pretty high for themselves as parents. “Rest assured we’re going to do everything in our power to make this the best baby since a cute little guy named Jesus,” he said.
Check out the full monologue — and see the rest of Jane’s baby photos!
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But we’ve also been keeping tabs on his parents, watching how this next chapter of their real-life fairytale unfolds and seeing how they’re holding up now that baby makes three. And honestly, I’ve got to hand it to the first-time parents: despite all the pomp and circumstance surrounding them, William and Kate seem refreshingly normal. Consider the evidence:
They (or, rather, Kate!) struggled with breastfeeding. Though St. James’ Palace has declined to comment, breastfeeding didn’t come easy at first for Kate, and it was widely reported that the new mom breastfed her son. Like many of us, she required a little help from the pros in the beginning. Still, she acknowledged that the decision to nurse is a personal one. A source told the DailyMirror: “She feels that it is a matter of personal choice, and that new mums should do whatever feels right for them and their baby.”
They’re affectionate. There’s no shortage of photos of Kate holding onto George; he’s practically her shadow. (My faves? Here, here, and here.) And William is just as loving. During a visit to an England homeless shelter, he recounted how he spent the morning cuddling with his then-four-month-old. “He was saying he had been holding him and his baby had been smiling into the mirror,” a resident told People. Then there’s this awww-worthy photo of William tenderly kissing the top of George’s head.
They too were once knee-deep in drool. During their trip abroad, photogs captured Kate in a so-called “gross mom moment.” The family was at Australia’s Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, and George, who was teething at the time, had some drool on his chin. The dutiful mom did what any of us would do: she swiped away the saliva with her hands and dried them on her dress. The wipe-off may have inflamed the haters (and left a mark on Kate’s designer dress), but it scored major points with sympathetic moms worldwide.
They get down on the ground during a playgroup. While on their tour Down Under, the family went to a get-together at New Zealand’s Government House. It was Prince George’s first public engagement, and the tot was a big hit — as were his parents. The future queen was photographed on her knees with the babies, in her beautiful dress, showing her son how to play with some of the toys. Ah-mazing.
They host playdates. When the queen is away, George will play — and invite some friends over, too. Kate reportedly hosts playdates at the royal residence (with the queen’s blessing, of course), including one with George’s godmother, Emilia Jardine Paterson, and her toddler.
They let George be a kid. Yes, he has a lot of first names. Yes, the Queen of England is expected to attend his birthday party. But at the end of the day, George is a one-year-old boy, full of energy and curiosity and a zest for life. And his parents seem to respect that and allow for it. William, for example, recently revealed that the birthday boy is “charging around and opening doors” at the family’s apartment in Kensington Palace. “I think George will be running faster than me very soon,” he joked.
They’re hands-on. Sure, they have enough money to hire a fleet of fancy nannies to care for their son, but Kate and William seem determined to bring up their baby on their own. Even if that means enduring lots of sleepless nights and poop diapers. A source told Us Weekly: “Kate doesn’t want George to be more used to the sight of the help than to his own parents.” For his part, William has taken a job as an air ambulance helicopter pilot just so he can be closer to his family.
While rumor has it William and Kate will keep Prince George’s birthday party guest list limited to close friends and family (aka not us), that doesn’t mean we can’t fete the royal tot anyway. Parents is throwing a #GeorgeTurns1 “Royal Birthday Party,” and to help get you in the spirit, we asked some of our favorite bloggers to share the creative ways they’re planning to ring in the big day. Read on and get inspired!
Go uber Brit and make these adorable fascinator party hats for you and your kiddos. Our Everyday Fun blogger Amanda Kingloff shows you how to pull off the craft using white paper cups, colorful washi tape, and feathers. Let the kids pile on all the embellishments they want — the more, the merrier! Follow Amanda on Twitter @AmandaKingloff
Want a dessert fit for your little prince or princess? Whip up a batch of these play dough cupcakes from B-Inspired Mama blogger Krissy, and decorate them with tons of sprinkles. They’re perfect for little fingers — and did we mention they’re edible? Amazing. Follow Krissy on Twitter @BInspiredMama
No royal birthday party is complete without accessories, and we’re swooning over these pipe cleaner crowns from Mommy Shorts blogger Ilana Wiles. All hearts and beads and gold, we may just make an adult-sized version. For a friend, of course. Follow Ilana on Twitter @mommyshorts
Wondering what to get the kid who has everything? Handmade Charlotte blogger Rachel Faucett, picked the classic Froebel Gifts as the perfect present. Plus, our own Goodyblog showcases other awesomely British gifts fit for the wee royal — think king- and queen-inspired piggy banks, double-decker bus stroller toys, and other ultra-modern items. Follow Rachel on Twitter @followcharlotte
More Fun With Prince George
Remember the world before George? Us either — but take a stroll down memory lane and see the prince’s progress from bump to full-on baby on our photo timeline. And while you’re at it, show your Team George pride by casting a ballot for your fave royal name with our fun This or That game.
On a related note, can we talk about what a year it’s been for Prince George? Like all babies, he’s been getting the hang of sleeping through the night and practicing his walking skills. But unlike most children, he’s been on the receiving end of lots of worldwide love and attention. News of his birth reportedly merited more than 25,000 tweets per minute. He stole virtually every heart and headline during the young family’s trip to Australia and New Zealand. Vanity Fair has devoted its prime real estate — the cover — to honor his first birthday. And don’t get me started on the very real Prince George Effect, where everything from his adorable outfits to his swaddling blankets sell out in mere hours. The New York Times has already anointed him a trendsetter, while Forbes wonders if the third in line has what it takes to save the British economy. Mind you, he’s not even 1 yet.
Still, we understand the excitement surrounding this mini royal. Like every baby, he represents the best of what this world has to offer and the hope for a bright future. Happiest of birthdays, Prince George!
Tell us: How do you plan on celebrating Prince George’s birthday? Share your #GeorgeTurns1 Royal Birthday Party ideas on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.