When we weren't busy watching ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos, tracking the missing Malaysian Airlines jet, or downloading Beyoncé's secret album, we were talking babies -- especially the famous ones! Lucky for us, there were plenty of first-time (and second- and third-time) celebrity births this year. Here are the ones that had everyone buzzing, including some cute baby photos that celebs shared!
1- Esmeralda Amada Gosling
Born: September 12
Parents: Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling
Best compliment: "That's going to be the most beautiful, bilingual, part-superhero, well-dressed, romantic baby ever." - Ellen DeGeneres
Step aside, Jolie-Pitt kiddos -- there's a new genetically-blessed baby in Tinseltown. Not that we've seen a picture of Esmeralda yet (though good try, Ellen DeGeneres!). The famously private couple may be keeping her away from prying eyes right now, but that doesn't mean they're not spilling some details about life with baby. Eva told VioletGrey magazine that she sympathizes with how tough it is to be an infant ("Everything is a struggle for her. For instance, I haven't thrown up since the '90s and she's thrown up twice since we started this interview.") and how exhausting motherhood can be ("I thought my wild nights were over, but these are some of the wildest nights I've ever had.").
2- Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher
Born: September 30
Parents: Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
Best compliment: "As soon as this child was born, I immediately wanted to call my parents and just apologize because I never knew how much they loved me." - Ashton Kutcher
First came love (on TV), then came love (in real life, years later), and then came baby. Baby Wyatt's arrival seems to be the brightest spot in what has already been a pretty blindingly bright year for the That '70s Show alums. The engaged couple have been hands-on since the birth, eschewing nannies for long, sleepless nights and countless diaper changes. But the one-on-one time sounds like it's working out well so far. The baby has already accompanied mom and dad on date night and has recently discovered her own reflection. Proud Ashton told Ellen DeGeneres, "She found herself in the mirror and realized she was able to control the thing in the mirror."
The Her actress didn't announce her pregnancy until March, around the same time she broke the news that she was engaged to her French journalist boyfriend. So small wonder that she has kept a low profile since giving birth to baby Rose in New York City this fall. We've only seen the tot once -- all bundled up and snuggling on mom's shoulder -- but ScarJo has opened up recently about being a mom. She told the German magazine Gala that it's "exhausting" but in "a wonderful way," joking that she didn't realize how much she enjoyed sleeping through the night until Rose arrived. (We hear you!)
4- Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky
Born: September 27
Parents: Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky
Best compliment: "Their vision starts to get out, and she almost doesn't have time to laugh, she never cries, she just soaks things up. I think if my mind worked like that it would be so great." - Billl Clinton
She's not even out of diapers yet and Charlotte Clinton is already a power player: Before she was born, President Obama offered the use of his motorcade in case mom Chelsea went into labor during an event. Charlotte counts a former president as her grandfather and a former Secretary of State (and probable 2016 presidential candidate) as a grandmother. Even her exit from the hospital had panache, borrowing heavily from none other than Prince George's. Is it too soon to start talking about her plans for 2048?
5- Baby Disick
Born: December 14
Parents: Kourney Kardashian and Scott Disick
Best compliment: "It's going to be perfect for our family." Kourtney Kardashian
The third child of reality TV's favorite on-again off-again couple nabbed headlines long before his birth. Mom Kourtney was barely showing before rumors started swirling that she was expecting again, and a camera crew was, naturally, on hand to capture virtually every moment of the pregnancy. And then there was that nude photo shoot where her bump was cradled and covered in feathers. Though the baby was due around Christmas, he arrived a little early, on older brother Mason's fifth birthday. #scenestealer
Born: April 20
Parents: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis
Best compliment: "A pretty cool name for what will presumably be a pretty cool kid." - Vulture.com
We were swooning over baby Otis the second we found out his name, and then we laid eyes on him (and his cheeks) and promptly fell in love. Since then, we've been taking in all the tot's adventures: strolling like a boss through New York City with mom and dad, breastfeeding in Glamour magazine wearing Air Jordans. Is there anything this kid does that isn't hip?
Born: June 14
Parents: Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock
Best compliment: "Watch out Lady Gaga!! River Rose is on the scene!!" - Kelly Clarkson
Being the child of the very first American Idol can't be easy, but River Rose seems to be taking it all in stride. A mere two months after being born, she was whisked to Chicago, bedazzled headphones in tow, for a Garth Brook/Trisha Yearwood concert. She's also accompanied mom backstage before concerts and even visited the set of her latest video, "Wrapped in Red." But the entourage may get bigger in the near future -- Clarkson has said she wants to try for another baby sooner rather than later.
Born: November 4
Parents: Kelly Rowland and Tim Weatherspoon
Best compliment: "There's no better feeling than holding my beautiful nephew. I thank god for the honor of witnessing my sisters journey into motherhood. I've always dreamed of our little ones growing up together. I'm so thankful for our bond. Baby Ty, I love you so much." - Beyoncé
When the Destiny's Child singer and her manager-husband welcomed a little boy last month, you could practically hear the collective cheer among her fans. After all, Kelly shared much of the nine-month journey with us through lots and lots of photos. We're looking forward to hearing how motherhood is inspiring the musician. Already the proud mom has written a lullaby for him, including the line, "You will always be/Mommy's little baby." Aww.
9- Briar Rose Christensen
Born: October 29
Parents: Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen
Best compliment: "I know she's going to be the best mother." - Jamie King on Rachel Bilson
The Hart of Dixie star made no secret of her desire to start a family, so she was understandably excited when she found out she was expecting. She told Health magazine, "I've always wanted to be a mom. I have always wanted kids. I can just see this little toddler waddling around the house." The notoriously low-key couple have asked paparazzi to refrain from taking baby Briar's photo and are staying mum about how parenthood has been so far, but our guess is that things are extra sunny in the Bilson-Christensen home.
Born: May 7
Parents: Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler
Best compliment: "They always say the second one is harder and that's very true. Jax is a little bit more difficult. But he is still the sweetest and the best. So it's fine." - Kristin Cavallari
Baby Jaxon is a dream come true. Literally. While pregnant, the former Laguna Beach star said she'd like to have another boy -- she and NFL quarterback husband Jay Cutler are already parents to son Camden. And it appears as though the adorable brothers are already inseparable, even drinking their milk in tandem!
Tell us: Which celeb baby were you most excited about this year?
Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+
Images courtesy of Kelly Rowland via Instagram; Ashton Kutcher via Facebook; Chelsea Clinton via Facebook; Kelly Clarkson via Instgram; Olivia Wilde via Instagram; Kristin Cavallari via her official Kristin Cavallari app