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This Week’s Baby Beat: February 21st-27th

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!

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi‘s dream came true on February 20th when her daughter, Krishna Thea, was born.

Gary Busey and Steffanie Sampson welcomed Luke Sampson Busey on February 22nd. Busey’s newest son weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

The-Dream, who’s expecting a girl with Christina Milian, slipped in an interview with MTV and shared baby girl’s planned name: Violet.

• Country singer Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline announced that they’re expecting their second child this August.

Catherine Bell, who currently stars in Lifetime‘s “Army Wives,” and her husband are also expecting. The couple are evening things up: they’re currently parents to 6-year-old Gemma and are expecting a baby boy.

• NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is finally out of the baby race. He and Kate welcomed Anne Edwards — all 8 pounds, 4 ounces of her — on February 24th.

Jim Carrey is an early grandfather! Daughter Jane and her husband Alex Santana, lead singer for the band Blood Money, weren’t expecting Jackson Riley Santana until March 3rd. Jackson, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces, had other ideas! He arrived February 26th.

• Another country singer, another August baby! This time, the expectant papa is James Otto, of “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” fame. New baby will be the first for Otto and his wife, Amy.


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.


Padma’s Buttered Belly!
Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

Expectant mama and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi has been candid about her pregnancy since sharing the good news earlier this month.  First, she spoke about her struggles with endometriosis, and now she’s talking openly about her itchy baby bump!

At a New York City brunch to champion Reebok’s line of Pink Ribbon products, Lakshmi says she has a daily “buttering ceremony” to soothe her burgeoning belly.  She plans to keep butter on her plate as well, saying “I am as omnivorous as it’s possible to be. I always say there’s nothing I won’t eat and nothing I won’t wear.”

While eager to share about her progressing pregnancy, Lakshmi’s keeping mum on the father’s identity as well as the baby’s gender.  Guess we’ll find out at least one of those answers when she delivers in late March/early April.


Padma Lakshmi’s Medical Miracle
Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

The Top Chef host is cooking up something a little more exciting than TV drama! Her rep recently confirmed that the 39-year-old actress is expecting her fist child.

Lakshmi suffered from endometriosis, a medical condition in which the uterus lining grows outside uterus and can lead to infertility. She has had surgery to treat her condition, but Lakshmi’s rep said her doctor is calling this pregnancy a medical miracle.

No word on a due date or who the baby’s father might be.

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