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Ivanka Trump Has a Baby Boy
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner expanded their family this week! The couple welcomed their second baby, son Joseph Frederick Kushner, on October 14th. Ivanka shared the happy news (and some really cute photos) via Twitter, saying, “We just welcomed a beautiful & healthy son into the world. Jared, Arabella and I couldn’t be happier!” Arabella is the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, who is apparently practicing her swaddling skills so she can help mom and dad with her new baby brother!

Dierks Bentley Has a Son
Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

Talk about ending a tour on a high note! With only a few dates left in his Locked & Re-Loaded tour, Dierks Bentley has already hit the high point of his tour. The country singer and his wife Cassidy welcomed their third baby — and first boy — earlier this week. Son Knox, who has two big sisters (Evalyn Day, 5, and Jordan Catherine, 2.5) was born on October 9th. Bentley shared the happy news via Twitter, saying, “well… our boy knox is here! about to have the best tasting cold beer of my life! so proud of my wife. she rocked it. crazy stuff. #beerme.”

Kay Cannon Welcomes a Daughter
Kay Cannon

Kay Cannon

Kay Cannon is a mommy! The Pitch Perfect writer and her husband Eben Russell welcomed a daughter over the weekend. Cannon shared the happy news — and a picture of the new arrival — via Intagram. The couple have named baby girl Evelyn Rose Russell, and Cannon says they’re calling her Leni.

Edyta Sliwinska Is Going to Be a Mom
Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo

Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo

Former Dancing With the Stars performers Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo will be working on a new routine before long … one set by their new baby! The couple, who married in 2007, recently shared that they are expecting their first baby. Edyta first shared the news via an Instagram photo of her baby belly (captioned, “There it is, my little secret. Less than 2lbs little :)”). She shared a few more details with People, confirming that she and Mazo are expecting a son in January.

Is Owen Wilson Going to Be a Dad Again?
Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson

Though no official word has been made, rumors are circulating that Owen Wilson is going to be a dad again! According to the rumors, The Internship actor and Caroline Lindqvist are expecting their first together, although the two are not apparently in a relationship. If the rumors prove to be true, Wilson’s officially graduating from interning: he’s had plenty of chances to get hands-on experience with 2-year-old son Robert Ford!

Jessica St. Clair Is a Mom
Jessica St. Clair

Jessica St. Clair

Her new show Playing House may not begin airing until next year, but actress Jessica St. Clair is already getting some real practice in! St. Clair and her husband, playwright and poet Dan O’Brien, welcomed their first baby earlier this month. Daughter Isobel Kelly O’Brien arrived on October 1st. O’Brien shared via Twitter that both St. Clair and Isobel are “happy & healthy.” And really, what more could new parents ask for?

Halle Berry’s Son’s Name Surfaces
Olivier Martinez and Halle Berry

Olivier Martinez and Halle Berry

While Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez haven’t made an official announcement about the name of their new son, the news may have leaked! Reports are that the couple have named their son, born on October 5th, Maceo Robert Martinez (although the reports differ as to whether the name is hyphenated or not). Maceo could be a nod to the surprise element of this pregnancy; Berry said earlier this year, “Thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it’s been a big surprise and the most wonderful.”

PG-10?

My daughter is turning 10 soon. She and a friend, born one day apart, want a combined birthday party.  The theme:  a MOVIE PREMIERE party at a private screening room (popcorn and candy included) to see the Opening Night Premiere of…wait for it….Catching Fire.  These very fortunate tween girls will see the movie the same night it opens in theaters.  I know, you kinda wanna barf, it’s so LA.

My friend and I have been having fun with the deets:  red carpet, photog,  apple cider in champagne flutes (plastic, of course), little pizza apps.  Maybe mamma will tap into her inner Mary Hart and “interview” the starlets as they walk the ramp.  Hardly the party planner, I am quite pleased with myself.   A+ for this one, right?

“I don’t think I want my daughter to see this movie”, my friend confides in me as we book the definitive date for our girls’ party. “The IMDB rating says it’s too violent”.

RECORD SCRATCH.

Suddenly, this perfect party isn’t so perfect.  I run back to my daughter and my husband.   “Can’t we screen a Disney film?” I beg.  These cinephiles will have none of it. “It’s PG-13!” they both insist. “And the first one had violence implied but not shown.”

Crap!  Now I have to watch the first installment, The Hunger Games, and assess the situation.  My husband and daughter download it off Netflix and instead of getting deep into my Carole King autobiography, I am deep into the couch watching Jennifer Lawrence’s intense face.

I’m riveted from the first frame.  The story, the cinematography, the “world” of the film is so rich and disturbing. The allusions to Nazi Germany are palpable, as is the disdain for our reality show culture.  And yet, the story follows a 16 year old girl whose courage and bravery saves her tween sister.  This young proletariat has a strong moral compass which offsets her bad-ass prowess.  She’s everything Sarah Palin imagines herself to be.

I try and justify this.  My daughter just read Catching Fire and is doing a book report on it.  She and some of her BFF’s are wildly anticipating the film’s release.  Jennifer Lawrence is their celeb crush.  So, now I’m in a predicament.  Do I change up the party or bid parting birthday-ways with my friend and her daughter?

When is it too early to watch a PG-13 film and is this rating viable or completely subjective based on our individual children?  And why “13?”, I ponder.  In the Jewish religion, our sons and daughters are Bar/Bat Mitzvah’d at the age of 13.  They are officially considered young men and young women. A Quinceanera occurs at 15. Does the ratings board actually have a method to their madness?  But most importantly, is my friend a better mother than me because, despite the social pressure, she’s going to wait those 3 years before she shows the film to her child?  Or are parents justified in allowing their children to pursue interests in art and literature that do not fall squarely within the “age appropriate level”?

Jaime King Is a Mom
Jaime King

Jaime King

Hart of Dixie star Jaime King has a little more on her mind these days than the lines for her show … King and her husband, director and producer Kyle Newman, have welcomed their first baby! Son James Knight Newman arrived on October 6th. Newman shared the happy news via Twitter, saying, “So happy to welcome our son James Knight Newman to the world! @Jaime_King and I are thrilled beyond believe.”

Halle Berry Welcomes a Son
Olivier Martinez and Halle Berry

Olivier Martinez and Halle Berry

Halle Berry is a mom again! The X-Men actress and her husband, French actor Olivier Martinez, welcomed their fist child together — a son — on October 5th. Beyond confirming their son’s arrival though, the couple haven’t shared any additional details. Baby boy is the first child for Martinez but the second for Berry, who is also mom to 5-year-old Nahla.

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