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Gwen Stefani Expecting Again?
Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani

Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani

Could another baby be on the way for Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale? A source close to the rockers shared with Us Weekly that the couple are indeed expecting! Baby would be the third for the couple, who are parents to sons Kingston (7) and Zuma (5). No official confirmation has been made yet, though, so we’ll have to wait and see for this one!

Johnathon Schaech Is a Dad
Johnathon Schaech

Johnathon Schaech

Johnathon Schaech is stepping into a long awaited role! The actor and his wife, Julie Solomon, have welcomed their first baby. Son Camden Quinn Schaech was born today, September 12th. Mom took to Twitter to share her joy in the new arrival, sharing a sweet pic of Camden’s almost smile and this note, “Just been falling in love with these lips for the past day…”

Jordana Brewster Is a Mom!
Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster

Dallas star Jordana Brewster is reveling in a new role: mommy! The actress and her husband, film producer Andrew Form, have welcomed a son, Julian Brewster-Form. According to People, the baby arrived via surrogate. Congrats to the new family!

Mario and Courtney Lopez Welcome Their Second Baby
Courtney and Mario Lopez

Courtney and Mario Lopez

The wait is over! Mario and Courtney Lopez waited to find out if their second baby would be a son or a daughter, and on Monday night — September 9th — son Dominic finally answered that question. No doubt big sister Gia Francesca was relieved! In an earlier interview with People, Lopez had shared that Gia really wanted to know if she was getting a little brother or sister.”That’s kind of tough sometimes,” he said, “We just don’t know!”

Thandie Newton Is Expecting Again
Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton

Actress Thandie Newton and her director husband Ol Parker have a joint project in the works: parenthood! The couple recently announced that they’re expecting their third baby. The couple are already parents to daughters Nico (8.5) and Ripley (12). A rep for the Rogue actress confirmed to People that Baby is expected next year.

Monica Is a Mom Again!
Monica and Shannon Brown

Monica and Shannon Brown

Monica and Shannon Brown have expeanded their family! The singer and her Phoenix Suns hubby welcomed their first baby together recently. Daughter Laiyah Shannon arrived on September 3rd. Dad took to Twitter to share the happy news, saying, “I THANK GOD for her!!! JOY has been restored in my LIFE!!!”

Jimmie Johnson’s New Baby Girl
Jimmie and Chandra Johnson

Jimmie and Chandra Johnson

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson is turning into quite the ladies’ man! The racer and his wife Chandra welcomed their second baby — another daughter — on September 6th. According to Johnson’s Twitter feed, 3-year-old Genevieve Marie is the proud big sister to  Lydia Norriss Johnson.

Anna Trebunskaya Is Going to Be a Mom
Anna Trebunskaya

Anna Trebunskaya

Dancing With the Stars regular Anna Trebunskaya won’t be participating in this upcoming season, but she has an awfully good reason: she’s expecting! The dancer admits in an interview with People that this pregnancy wasn’t planned, but that she’s excited about her upcoming arrival! Trebunskaya, who separated from her husband of 9 years almost a year ago, declined to share the name of her baby’s father. The new season of Dancing With the Stars — minus the 4-months-pregnany Trebunskaya — premieres on September 16th.

Simon Cowell Is Going to Be a Dad

"I Can't Sing - The X Factor Musical" UK PhotocallSimon Cowell is no stranger to controversy — his bluntness as a judge on the popular American Idol and X Factor series often landed him in the headlines — and that trait is following him to his personal life. Cowell is expecting his first baby with Lauren Silverman, a relationship that again landed Cowell in the headlines. The latest news, however, is purely happy: the couple are reported to be expecting a son.

The Name Changer

Birth CertificateNot many people know that parents actually have a whole calendar year after birth to name their child. I’m not saying wait until day “364” and then print up your birth announcement cards, but what I am saying is: “DON’T SIGN THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE until you are in total agreement with your partner, your spouse and your soul”. Because once it’s on the birth certificate, it is set in stone and if you want to change it, you must go through the courts.

I should know. I went through it. There was more drama and contention in naming my second daughter than in a whole season arc of “The Good Wife”. I had thrown at least 200 viable names at my litigator hubby and he had an argument for all of them. “Sadie”, “Goldie” and “Billie” were too ” turn of the century”.  He dismissed “Noa”, one of my most fervent picks as being “too old testament”. The name “Fiona” made my heart sing, but made my husband think of Shrek’s true ogre love. We went through all of Shakespeare’s canon, checked out the hot-names-of-the-moment and even dusted off our high school yearbooks. But as they say in Vegas: “No dice”.

Three days before I was to go in for my C, we were watching CNN and a beautiful talking head named Torrie was pontificating about the issue du jour. Her name flashed on the screen. Hubby and I turned to each other. Now that was a name we hadn’t considered. We dug the cool spelling. And hey, Tori means “bird” in Japanese! After five months of living in Camp David Hell, the STAGNATE was over. Torrie was to be our second daughter’s name, hours before the shot clock expired.

Oh, but wait, what about the middle name? I woke up in recovery to hear my mother sobbing on the phone. Mom was seriously emotional. For a split second, I thought she was the one who had just had the baby. “What kind of middle name is MADELEINE!?!?” she demanded.

In all fairness, I completely understood her breakdown. We had promised to honor her mother (my Oma) with our daughter’s middle name. My husband had convinced me that just using the first initial “M” was honor enough. And being minutes away from birth, I didn’t have the Leila Ali  left in me. Besides, Torrie Madeleine flowed quite nicely. With so little time, we had neglected to mention the name change to my parents and our dismissal of my grandmother’s name was seen as a total betrayal. My husband, meanwhile, wanted my mom to butt out. After numerous yelling matches, breakdowns and threats from all parties concerned, my daughter’s name was changed TWICE in the hospital. And that was before signing the birth certificate. We were acting in our very own reality show: “PSYCHO MOMMIES OF BEVERLY HILLS”. Instead of wheeling us to our car, I’m sure the staff wanted to wheel us to the nearest mental facility.

To cap it off, six months later, my husband and I turned to each other after a night out and confessed our mutual dislike of our daughter’s name. After auditing the name “Torrie”, it took six months and a bottle of Cakebread to admit defeat.

After numerous Skypes with the grandparents, it was decided that if we were going to go through a legal name change, we should pick a name with significance, a name to which we actually have a visceral connection. I know, what a concept, right?

So we hired a lawyer. To change a name legally, you need to petition the court for your desired name change and then get a court order approving the name change. You also must give public notice of the name change, such as have it printed up in the local newspaper. And then you need a final decree from the court authorizing the name change. Many states, including California, have the whole process written online with downloadable forms you can fill out. My advice: GET AN ATTORNEY. You don’t want to deal with this meshugas.

My attorney and I went down to LA Superior Court, which was a madhouse as the McCourt divorce trial was going on in the next courtroom. After wading through dozens of paparazzi, I sat down in the courtroom pew, along with about a half dozen parolees. It seems the only people who go through a legal name change are crazy, indecisive parents like us, Metta World Peace, Snookie and convicted felons who want a fresh start. My attorney expedited the process and got me the heck out of there.

What is the collateral damage, you ask? A beautiful, ornate piggy-bank with “Torrie” written on the pink torso, which I can’t bring myself to throw out and a little teasing from her big sister when she’s in a particularly saucy mood.

The only real incident occurred last month, as we boarded a ship to Alaska. We had yet to formally change our daughter’s passport. Changing a name on a passport is so complicated, just maneuvering through all the paperwork requires a graduate degree in structural engineering. The ticket agents kept referring to my 4 year old as “Torrie”. “Torrie, sweetie, look into this camera, so we can take your picture.” We whispered to our little pistol that she shouldn’t worry, this was just a temporary hiccup. My headstrong daughter would have none of it. “My name is NOT Torrie!”, she yelled at anyone within earshot. We were totally stressed, certain we’d be denied access to the boat. Walking up the ramp to the boat, my daughter continued her rant “I am not TORRIE!”  I started laughing and seriously couldn’t stop. Tears were pouring down my face. I collapsed to the ground, hunched over like a fetus, laughing so hard, I was gasping for air. People behind me thought I was having a seizure.

So, whether you name your child while it’s in utero, in the hospital or back home, do like Jackson Pollock and have an abundant palate, play around in the mess and then, ultimately, make it stick.

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