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Stephen Barker Liles Is a Dad
Stephen Barker Liles

Stephen Barker Liles

It’s another Love and Theft baby! Stephen Barker Liles and his fiancée Jenna Kennedy have welcomed their first baby: son Jett Barker Liles arrived today (December 2nd). The couple will get to spend this month getting adjusted to their new addition before Liles heads out on tour again at the end of this month. Baby Liles made his first post-belly Tweet today, too, “#golly! I finally got out of there and all they wanna do is take my prints and pour baby shampoo all over me! I don’t need no baby shampoo! Where’s the warrior shampoo!?”

Evelyn Lozada Is Expecting Again
Evelyn Lozada

Evelyn Lozada

Evelyn Lozada is going to be a mom again! The Basketball Wives star recently confirmed that she’s expecting her second child. Lozada’s daughter, 20-year-old Shaniece Hairston, posted a picture of the mom-and-daughter pair enjoying Lozada’s burgeoning belly during a beach walk. Lozada is reported to be about 6 months along.

Michael Jordan Is Going to Be a Dad Again

2013 will be a year to remember for basketball legend Michael Jordan for completely personal reasons! Earlier this year, Jordan married girlfriend Yvette Prieto. Now, the couple is reportedly expecting their first baby together. Jordan has three adult children (Jeffrey, Marcus and Jasmine) with ex-wife Juanita Vanoy.

Tony Kanal Welcomes His Second Daughter
Tony Kanal

Tony Kanal

No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal has even more to be thankful for this year. Kanal and Erin, his parnter, welcomed their second daughter, Saffron Rose, on November 22nd. Saffron is the second daughter for the couple, who are also parents to 2.5-year-old Coco Reese Lakshmi. Kanal shared some of his thanksgiving via Twitter, “Thank you everyone for all the heartwarming wishes for Saffron’s arrival. Erin, Coco and I are beyond humbled and filled with love.” No doubt, the newly expanded family is enjoying the holidays even more!

Kim Zolciak’s Twins Have Arrived
Kim Zolciak

Kim Zolciak

Kim Zolciak is running with a much younger crowd these days! The Don’t Be Tardy star and her husband, Atlanta Falcons player Kroy Biermann, have welcomed their third and fourth children together. Zolciak announced the happy news today, sharing that the new twins have been named Kaia Rose (older sister) and Kane Ren (younger brother). With these two newest additions, Zolciak now has four kiddos younger than 3: 2.5-year-old Kroy Jr., 15-month-old Kash Kade, and now Kaia and Kane. Zolciak also has two older children — daughters Brielle, 16, and Ariana, 11 — from a previous relationship.

Ginnifer Goodwin Is Going to Be a Mom
Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas

Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas

Once upon a time … no, really! Once Upon a Time actress Ginnifer Goodwin and her real-life fiancé Josh Dallas (who, yes, plays Prince Charming on the ABC show) recently confirmed that they’re expecting their first baby. Goodwin took to Twitter, rather than fairy tales, to share the happy news, saying, “It’s true! There’s a bun n my oven! Thank u all, frm the bottom of my heart&hump, 4 ur loving support. #JoshDallasIsMyBabyDaddy #OverTheMoon.” Looks like this couple is getting their own “happily ever after!”

Chris Hemsworth Is Going to Be a Dad Again
Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth

Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth

As Thor, Chris Hemsworth battles evil to protect the universe from annihilation. As himself, Hemsworth is preparing for a slightly messier (but much more fun!) battle: against dirty diapers, spit-ups and all the fun that comes with a new baby! The actor and his wife Elsa Pataky (who starred in this summer’s Fast and Furious 6) recently confirmed that they’re expecting their second baby. The couple are already parents to 18-month-old daughter India Rose.

Paula Garces Welcomes a Son
Paula Garces

Paula Garces

All My Children star Paula Garces has added another child of her own! The actress and her husband Antonio Hernandez welcomed a son, Antonio Andres Hernandez, on November 20th. Garces’ 21-year-old daughter Skye confirmed the happy news to People, sharing that her baby brother and mom were both doing well after a long labor and emergency c-section.

Kelly Clarkson Is Pregnant!
Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

Whoa, mama! It’s a good thing that Kelly Clarkson has been enjoying being a stepmom, because she’s going to be getting even more practice soon! The pop star recently announced that she and husband Brandon Blackstock are expecting their first baby together. “I’m pregnant!!!” the singer tweeted, “Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever :)” Blackson, who has two children (Savannah, 12, and Seth, 6) from a previous marriage, and Clarkson were married earlier this year.

The Cotillion Chronicles

You think you know your children. Sometimes they surprise you.

“Mom, I want to do Cotillion”.
“Come again?”
“Sign me up for Cotillion, please”.
“White gloves, formal dress, dancing with boys…THAT Cotillion?”
This is my ten year old, cool cat, still thinks boys are gnarly, point guard on her b’ball team, free spirited daughter.

I quickly rewind my brain, ascertaining if it’s April Fools Day?

“First cotillion class is this Friday. Everyone’s doing it.”
My daughter is suddenly a follower, albeit one in black chiffon.

I begrudgingly bring her to the first class. There is no way we can let any of our old Venice Beach pals get wind of this. They’ll totally disown us.

“You know that Jews don’t do this type of thing, don’t you?” is my last ditch effort as we pull up to the venue. My daughter just ignores me.

The people who run this show, Mr. and Mrs. C, are perfectly cast: middle aged, slightly doughy and very serious. They both refer to each other in the third person, as in:

“Mr. C, will you be talking and fooling around when someone is giving a toast?”
“Why no, Mrs. C…that would be terrible manners.”

Certain she is ready to bail, I glance over to my daughter. She is sitting with one of her besties, sipping pink lemonade and giving almost reverential attention to Mr. and Mrs. C.

All I can think is: What did they put in her drink???

Mr. and Mrs. C then pull out silverware that they use to illustrate table manners. They remind the children never to place those pesky elbows on the table. I am momentarily hypnotized by the faux silverware and how it’s velcro’d on to the velvet platter.

1951 Cotillion Ball

Music is suddenly surround-sounded and they encourage everyone to get up and find a partner. Although no young participant would admit it, there is much anticipation over which boy will ask which girl to dance. Two girls don’t get asked and have to dance with Mr. C. My sympathies go out to them. Mr. C, however, does engage them in lively conversation while most of the fifth grade couples barely make eye contact. My daughter looks especially uncomfortable, dancing with the brother of her best friend.

Suddenly, this whole cotillion thing feels especially rich to me. Not monetarily, but in material. And just like that, I become obsessed. I tell my husband he’s off the hook. I’m going to chaperone every cotillion event. I will dress up and smile and take pictures. Because parents, THIS IS BETTER THAN HBO!

For the second month, Mr. and Mrs. C bring in live music, two seniors who look like they might have appeared on The Lawrence Welk Show. The girls and boys line up in separate lines and are then shown a line dance of sorts. It’s a good warm-up. When the boys then ask the girls for the next dance, my daughter grabs the arm of her best friend, avoiding having to dance with either a boy or Mr. C. Very crafty…

The children are then encouraged to make a toast, although no one is allowed to repeat what the person before them said. The last youngster has a particularly difficult task, needing to really think outside the box. The young gentleman looked lost until suddenly, it came to him. “Go Trojans!” he proposed.

Over the course of six months (one class a month), these young ladies and gentlemen learn how to engage each other in polite conversation. The boys are taught to pull out the chairs for the young ladies when they get up from the table and to bring their “partners” lemonade if they are thirsty. Now this may sound old fashioned and positively dinosauric, but over the six months I slowly came to appreciate the sweetness of it all. So many of these children are so entitled, it’s important to remind them of manners and social graces. I especially liked the rule of thanking the chaperone upon leaving. All the children, dressed impeccably, line up, and say something along the lines of “thank you so much for being here this evening.” They are forced to give you eye contact. Whoa! Some of these 5th graders actually have faces!

As Cotillion draws to an end, I ask myself if I see a change in my daughter’s behavior? The honest answer is…no. Not yet. My daughter basically loved getting dressed up fancy and hanging with her friends at night. The sugary refreshments didn’t hurt either. Do I have buyer’s regret? Not at all. I have faith that down the line, at some Bar or Bat Mitzvah, wedding, fancy birthday bash or sweet sixteen party, a little voice from the Ghost of Cotillion Past will remind her to not rush the refreshment stand, to use her fork and knife and to say “yes” to a boy when he approaches her for a dance, even if the poor lad is height-challenged.

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