Holy Batman! Christian Bale has welcomed a son into the family, reports People. Best known for his portrayal as the Dark Knight in director Chris Nolan’s trilogy, Bale also has a 9-year-old daughter with his wife, Sibi Blazic.
The notoriously private actor never announced his wife’s pregnancy; instead, she was spotted with a baby bump earlier this year at the Academy Awards. Bale was nominated in the Best Actor category for American Hustle, a film directed by David O. Russell, who also directed The Fighter, for which Bale won the Best Supporting Actor Award in 2010.
Bale is so private that he has also never announced or confirmed his daughter’s name — though she’s often referred to as Emmeline — so it won’t be a surprise if he never announces a name for his son. However, the actor is a devoted family man — in a 2010 interview with Esquire, Bale revealed, “Look, I’ve got incredible pride for my family. I’ve absolutely fallen into that cliché of a dad who could just happily talk about my daughter endlessly.”
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.
She captioned the photos with the message, “The end of June through the end of July is my favorite time of the year, because Jay isn’t working and we use those 4 weeks to relax and spend as much time together as possible before he takes off for training camp and the football season begins. This year we took Camden to the zoo for the first time, I cooked up a storm, we had family in and out, and most importantly we adjusted to now being a family of 4 with baby Jax. Speaking of Jax, here is my precious little peanut…”
Go ahead and say, “Awww…”!
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In an interview this week with the Today Show, the famous aunt couldn’t help but gush over Prince George. When asked about the future king, Pippa burst into a smile so big, even interviewer Matt Lauer took note. She said being an aunt was “wonderful” and called the 11-month-old ”a very dear boy” who’s “brought a lot of pleasure and fun for all of us, the whole family.” And like most babies, George has brought the already tight-knit Middletons even closer. “We love spending weekends with him,” Pippa says. “He’s very funny.”
Also refreshingly normal was Pippa’s description of her relationship with her royal sister. Apparently, despite the adorable baby, snazzy title, and fancy new home, Kate and her sister are still very close and spend plenty of time together. “We still do a lot together as a family,” she explains. “And I think that’s sort of the heart for all of us, having a really close family. We can sort of be normal with each other, treat each other normally, and that’s sort of kept us all fixed to the ground.”
Check out the highlights of Pippa’s interview below, courtesy of the Washington Post:
Tell us: What has your baby meant to your family? Has it changed your relationships with your parents or siblings?
Nothing’s sweeter (and cuter!) than a newborn baby — and Kelly Clarkson proved that when she shared an Instagram photo of her daughter, River Rose, sleeping in an old-fashioned cherry-red carriage, surrounded by lacy white blankets.
The American Idol winner just gave birth to River Rose last week, her first daughter with husband Brandon Blackstock. As a caption to her photo, which already has over 27,000 likes, Clarkson wrote, “Here is our beautiful baby girl River Rose; 6 lbs 6 oz, 18 inches, and the greatest thing on the planet.”