Sandra Bullock has much to smile about on the cover of People magazine this week. There's her adorable 5-year-old son Louis dressed up as a superhero with his arms wrapped around her waist...and there's her 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter Laila planted firmly on her hip.
That's right! The 51-year-old Oscar winner has become a mother again, officially confirming to People that she has adopted a daughter named Laila from the foster care system.
"When I look at Laila, there's no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here," Bullock said, adding that her daughter has brought "pink and glitter in the house mixed with Legos and Batmans."
Apparently it was son Louis—who Bullock adopted from Louisiana five years ago—who was ultimately behind the decision to expand the family. "Louis spearheaded this whole journey," Bullock said. "I did remind him that it could be either a brother or a sister and that we would be so lucky to have either one. He did specify that he wanted a sibling who has some brown skin."
Bullock said the two sibs have formed an amazing bond, but admitted that the first stages of bringing Laila home were tricky. "I knew she was scared," she said. "And all I wanted was for her to know Louis and I weren't going anywhere."
The actress also felt intense pressure to protect her daughter's privacy. Since Laila was in the Louisiana foster care system, Bullock feared the entire process would be jeopardized if her picture landed in the tabloids, especially after papparazzi snapped the actress with Laila during an emergency room visit back in October before the adoption was complete.
"Most foster children are in foster care because they were taken from their birth homes under tragic circumstances," she said. "The last thing I wanted was to bring more harm to her because of the nature of my job."
So Bullock denied she had adopted another child during an interview with the Associated Press. "There is only one adopted child in my household and his name is Louis," she said at the time. "If I had a second adopted child, everyone would be hearing about it. I would be loud and clear and say, 'Yes, I have officially adopted a second child.'"
With this week's cover story featuring both her children, the single mom made good on her word. "My family is blended and diverse, nutty, and loving and understanding," she said. "That's a family."
It sure is, Sandy! Congratulations to you and your adorable family!