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Actress Elizabeth Banks Welcomes Second Son Via Surrogate

Elizabeth Banks, the actress who has appeared in the NBC sitcom "30 Rock" and a number of movies including "The Hunger Games," has welcomed her second child into the world, a son named Magnus Mitchell.  The baby was born with the help of a gestational surrogate.  US Weekly quotes from Banks' website:

"As 2012 winds down and Thanksgiving approaches, I have much for which to be thankful -- personal, professional and Presidential," Banks, 38, writes. "However, nothing can match the joy and excitement my husband and I felt when we recently welcomed our second baby boy, Magnus Mitchell Handelman. Magnus joins older brother Felix, thus commencing a decade or more of close hand-to-hand combat."

"Like Felix, Magnus was born via gestational surrogate," the actress continues. (Felix, 20 months, was born in March 2011.) "This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime."

Now, "I . . . turn my attention to managing two boys under two," Banks says. "For which I am thankful. And all their poop. For which I am less thankful. Wish me luck."

Read more about the meaning of Magnus' name on's In Name Only blog.

Image: Elizabeth Banks, via s_bukley /