Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
They say all trends come in threes, so does that make baby boys the latest Hollywood “it accessory”? Because Orange is the New Black star Jason Biggs, X-Factor’s Simon Cowell, and adorable indie actors Teresa Palmer and Marc Webber all welcomed baby boys within days of each other!
Simon and his girlfriend Lauren Silverman were the first to welcome their blue-blanketed bundle on Valentine’s Day, which is the sweetest birthday ever, and one even the most date-challenged dad can’t forget. The couple named their son Eric Philip (Eric is Simon’s dad’s name), and he was born at 5:45 p.m., in New York City, and weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces. Within hours of the delivery, Simon tweeted, “Very happy to say Eric was born … Healthy and handsome,” and the first photos arrived two days later as he told his fans what a happy surprise being a father already was, “I never knew how much love and pride I would feel,” he tweeted.
On February 15—11 days past the baby’s due date—Jason and his wife Jenny Mollen announced via Instagram that their first child, Sid, was born at 5:33 p.m. at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles and weighed 8 pounds and 8 ounces, and was 21.25 inches long. “Full head of hair, huge penis,” Jenny jokingly captioned the first photo of their son. Obviously, the couple shares the same sense of humor!
Then Australian actress Teresa announced via Instagram, “Thank you God for blessing us with the most divine gift of our baby son. Introducing Bodhi Rain Palmer born safely, lovingly and naturally last night [on February 17].” Bodhi—who weighed 8 pounds at birth—means “Enlightened one,” Rain means “Abundant Blessings From Above,” and the couple chose Palmer as his last name, explains Teresa, because “Mark’s [5-year-old] son Isaac didn’t take his dad’s name either.”
So much baby testosterone going around! The next Hollywood wave will have to be girls!
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Image of Simon Cowell and son Eric via Twitter.
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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
X-Factor judge and creator Simon Cowell is 53 and British, so I’m not too surprised to hear he’ll be an old-school dad. He’s already said he’ll be strict and he has no plans of passing down his millions of dollars as inheritance to his soon-to-be-son, in order for his mini-me to grow up to have a strong work ethic.
But after seeing how in love Simon is with pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman (every time they’re in the press it’s PDA overload!), I was flabbergasted to hear reports that Simon has no intentions of being there for the birth of his baby boy. I was actually mad for his girlfriend! Well, on further inspection, that’s not exactly what Simon said. He will be there for the birth, just not staring at the main attraction.
While on pal Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, when Ryan questioned whether Simon would be watching things up close and personal during the big occasion, Simon replied: “Are you out of your mind? I know this sounds awful, but it’s like you don’t want to go in to the restaurant while they’re making your dinner. I think there are certain things you shouldn’t see and that is one of them. I’ll be very close by, but no [I won't watch.]”
Sure, back in the day it was common for men to wait in the hospital lobby, be down the street at a bar, or in England even off playing polo (like Prince Charles) or squash (like Prince Philip) while their children were being born. But it’s 2013, Simon, so I’m glad you’re stepping up and being present!
Take a tip from Nick Lachey, who called the birth of his son Camden “surreal, and one of the coolest things to ever see in your life,” and just watch your baby’s birth from the waist up. Neither my husband nor I were really keen on him being front row for our son’s birth. My husband is squeamish when it comes to blood, and I wasn’t sure if he would ever revisit my lady parts if he saw how stretched and contorted they got while delivering our baby. So we were both happy to have him standing behind me, holding my hand in between labor pushes.
I can’t imagine getting through labor without my guy by my side. He helped calm me when I needed it, cracked jokes when the contractions were tense, and made a motivational mix of my favorite dance songs for the pushing. The way I see it, your baby’s birth is the first united front you can present as a mom and dad, and so I’m glad Simon’s refusing to miss it.
TELL US: How would you react if your partner told you he wasn’t going to be there for the birth?
Image of Simon Cowell courtesy of Shutterstock.
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