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Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi Welcomes Baby Girl

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi‘s dream came true on Saturday, February 20th, when she welcomed daughter Krishna Thea. Lakshmi had struggled for years with endometriosis, leading her doctor to call this pregnancy a miracle. The Top Chef hostess has consistently declined to announce the identity of Krishna’s father, but recent rumors have suggested he may be Adam Dell, the younger brother of venture capitalist and Columbia Business School teacher Michael Dell.

This Week’s Baby Beat: February 14th-20th

Did you catch all the baby news this week? Check out our weekly wrap-up to make sure you’re up-to-date on who’s expecting, welcoming and naming!

• Despite the rumors swirling to the contrary, Angelina Jolie cleared up her intentions to CNN during a recent visit to earthquake-stricken Haiti. Adopting a Haitian child was not in the plans, although she and Brad are “always open to children.”

• NASCAR drivers have racing to the delivery room these days, and Elliott Sadler is the latest to join the fray. He and wife Amanda welcomed Wyatt Herman Fritts Sadler on February 15th, a few weeks before his scheduled due date.

Albert Pujols, who’s the first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, and his wife Deidre evened up their brood this month with the arrival of Ezra on the 5th. The Pujols are also parents to Isabella, Alberto Jr. and Sophia.

• French ice dancer Isabelle Delobel is tackling quite a few challenges these days. In addition to competing in this month’s Winter Olympics (she and partner Olivier Schoenfelder were in 6th place after the Compulsory Dance and have yet to take the ice tonight), she’s also adapting to being a new mom! Delobel and her husband, Ludovic Roux, welcomed Loic on October 1st. Delobel was back on the ice training in earnest on October 26th.

Isabelle Delobel: First-Time Mom Tackles Third Olympics

For most new moms, getting back in pre-baby shape can take months, even years. But Olympian Isabelle Delobel had a deadline: 4.5 months. That’s how long the French ice dancer had between the birth of her first child and the beginning of this year’s winter Olympics. Delobel and her husband, Ludovic Roux, welcomed their son Loic on October 1, 2009. Delobel, who had continued skating throughout her pregnancy, resumed rigorous training and practice on October 26th. The Vancouver Olympics are the third for Delobel and her partner Olivier Schoenfelder; the couple finished 16th in Salt Lake and 4th in Torino. After last night’s Compulsory Dance, the couple are in 6th place.

Albert Pujols Catches a Baby Blessing!

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols and his wife, Deidre, welcomed their fourth child — a boy — earlier this month. Ezra Pujols was born on February 5th. Ezra has three older siblings — Sophia (4), Alberto Jr. (8) and Isabella — who’ll be happy to teach him the ropes around the Pujols’ household! The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman should be able to enjoy his newly expanded family for few weeks before spring training starts.

Elliott Sadler Wins the Baby Race!
Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler

Fellow NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is still awaiting the arrival of his first born, but for Elliott Sadler, the wait is over! Sadler and his wife, Amanda, welcomed their first child on Monday, February 15th, a bit ahead of his early-March schedule. Wyatt Herman Fritts Sadler apparently has a need for speed, though! Sadler announced the newest arrival via both his Web site and Twitter feed, saying, “Amanda and baby are doing great!”

Angelina Jolie Not Adopting a Haitian Baby
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Despite the speculation that swirled following her recent trip to Haiti, Angelina Jolie has said that adopting from Haiti isn’t in her immediate plans. When asked point-blank if that was the purpose for her visit, Jolie said that while she and partner Brad Pitt are always open to children (the couple are parents to five), adoption was not the purpose of her visit. Maybe Jolie’s decided that five — Maddox (9, adopted from Cambodia), Pax (6, adopted from Vietnam), Zahara (5, adopted from Ethiopia), Shiloh (3), and Knox and Vivienne (18 months) — children younger than ten are enough of a handful!

This Week’s Baby Beat: February 7th-13th

Did you catch all the baby news this week? Check out our weekly wrap-up to make sure you’re up-to-date on who’s expecting, welcoming and naming!

Scott Stapp couldn’t keep from crowing the news that he and wife Jacklyn are expecting a boy! Baby Daniel is due to make his big debut this July.

• While Amanda Peet and her husband David Benioff have been keeping information about their impending arrival under wraps, rumor has it that the couple are expecting another daughter!

• Tennis star Boris Becker and his wife, Sharlely Kerssenberg, welcomed their first baby on February 9th. Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis Becker has three older siblings — Noah (16), Elias (10) and Anna (9) — from Becker’s previous relationships.

• Country singer Justin Moore is getting his tour with Brad Paisley started with a bang! He and wife Kate welcomed daughter Ella Kole on February 11th.

Country Singer Justin Moore Welcomes Baby Girl

He’ll be hitting the road next week with Brad Paisley‘s American Saturday Night tour, but this week country singer Justin Moore gets to enjoy a different kind of spotlight: parenthood! Moore, 25, and his wife Kate welcomed their first child, Ella Kole, on February 11th. Little Ella was just that: she weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 18 inches long.

Celine Dion Still Trying for Baby

Celine DionAfter last August’s pregnancy loss, seeing Celine Dion step back from the public eye would have been completely understandable. But that’s not the diva’s style. As she and husband Rene Angelil continue to try for their second child — she’s undergone three additional, unsuccessful in vitro fertilization attempts — Dion has also been preparing for the February 17th debut of her documentary film Celine: Through the Eyes fo the World. On top of that, she’s also recently announced a return to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for another three-year show. She’s hoping that, by the time that show opens on March 15, 2011, nine-year-old Rene Charles will have a new brother or sister to play with!

Boris Becker’s New Boy Is Music to Daddy’s Ear
Boris Becker

Boris Becker

Famed tennis champion Boris Becker and his wife, Sharlely Kerssenberg, welcomed their first son on Tuesday. Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis Becker has three other siblings to look up to, though. Big brothers Noah (16) and Elias (10) are Becker’s two children with first wife Barbara Feltus, while big sis Anna (9) is from Becker’s relationship with Angela Ermakova. Becker may have earned the nickname Boom Boom with his serve, but little Amadeus is sure to be adding some of his own noise to the Becker household!

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