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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.

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