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Sarah Jessica Parker Reveals How Robert Downey Jr. Taught Her How to Love and Be a Good Parent

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Sarah Jessica Parker is opening up about the lessons she learned as a result of her relationship with Robert Downey Jr.

The former couple met on the set of their film Firstborn and dated for seven years in the ’80s and early ’90s before calling it quits.

“It taught me how I love,” the Divorce star told PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle of her relationship with the actor, who struggled with drug and alcohol abuse during much of their time together, ultimately leading to their demise.

Adds Parker, 51, “And what’s the difference between loving and taking care of people and what’s necessary, and what grown-ups should and shouldn’t do for one another.”

Watch the full episode of The Jess Cagle Interview, available now on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices.

For his part, Downey has spoken about Parker’s many attempts to help him throughout their years together.

“I liked to drink, and I had a drug problem, and that didn’t jibe with Sarah Jessica, because it is the furthest thing from what she is,” he told PARADE in 2008. “She provided me a home and understanding. She tried to help me. She was so miffed when I didn’t get my act together.”

Although the couple split in 1991 — Parker went on to marry Matthew Broderick and the couple are now parents to 7-year-old twin girls Tabitha and Loretta and son James Wilkie, 13 — the actress says her time with Downey had an effect on the way she parents her children.

“Maybe it taught me a little bit about being a parent too, because the things that I ended up caring about, and the way I cared for Downey, were things that might be more suitable for a parent at a certain point,” continues the former Sex and the City star

“In a way, I think I’m asking myself those same questions now — I have an almost-14-year-old, so what I should and shouldn’t do for James Wilkie is a question,” she adds. “Like, at what point do I let him lose something? When do I say, ‘You gotta lose it in order to understand how to even cope? How are you going to develop your coping mechanisms if I’m fixing?’ ”

“When does a parent let go? When do you let go in a relationship?” she continues. “So I think I learned a lot about it. You don’t know you’re learning about it when you’re in it — you’re just in the day-to-day, caring about someone and loving them, and hopefully keeping them safe.”

The Hocus Pocus star adds that she also picked up some other useful skills during her time with Downey — the latter of whom has spoken positively about his relationship with Parker, and how she tried to help him in the past.

“I also learned how to balance a checkbook because I had to, and I think those are pretty big things to be learning,” Parker says.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines Reveal Why They Keep Their Kids Out of the Spotlight – and Why They May Still Go for Baby No. 5

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HGTV Stars Chip and Joanna Gaines open up about their Fixer Upper empire and why they’ll always choose family over fame. Subscribe now for an exclusive interview at home with the duo, only in PEOPLE!

Chip and Joanna Gaines are famous for their Fixer Upper empire, but the home-improvement couple want to keep their kids far away from the spotlight.

And while their four children — Emmie, 6, Duke, 8, Ella, 9, and Drake, 11 — do occasionally appear in their reality show, they’re not subjected to filming multiple takes and the Gaineses don’t show their faces in photoshoots.

“They’re so young and we want to give them the chance to have a normal childhood,” Joanna says in this week’s issue of PEOPLE.

Watch People Cover Story: Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, available now on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices.

One factor that helps shield the Gaineses‘ children from the TV world? The family doesn’t have a television in their home.

“So they don’t really understand that we have a show,” Joanna says. “They don’t get it.”

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While the Gaineses definitely have their hands full with their 40-acre farm, running all their businesses and four kids, Joanna says adding to their family isn’t off the table.

“I look at life as the more the better. If I found out we were having another baby, I would be really excited,” Joanna says. “We like a full plate. That’s just how Chip and I operate.”

For much more from Chip and Joanna — including their family and life in Waco — pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Emily Strohm


Sarah Jessica Parker on the Struggle of Being a Working Mom: You ‘Want to Maintain This Other Part of Your Life’

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Sarah Jessica Parker has been exposed to all sorts of emotions on the parenting spectrum.

A specific emotion she can relate to personally is a popular one: guilt.

“[Parenting] changes you in every possible way, but there’s a struggle, there’s a conflict that exists, which is you also want to maintain this other part of your life,” the Divorce star told PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle.

“The reason it’s a conflict, usually, is that you like the other life, too,” adds the actress, 51. “Someone [told me] that working mothers who work outside of home feel guilty about work because they like the work.”

Watch the full episode of The Jess Cagle Interview, available now on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices.

Parker, who has three children with husband Matthew Broderick (7-year-old twin daughters Tabitha and Loretta and 13-year-old son James), touches on the fact that guilt isn’t the only emotion working moms have. In fact, she believes that when women don’t love their work, their feelings are quite different.

“That’s the issue. For many working women in this country who are working two and three jobs, it’s not guilt that they suffer, because they don’t love their work,” explains the Sex and the City alum. “It’s worry, concern, and time away from their children. It’s such a different experience.”

The actress and fashion designer, who stars in and produces the new HBO dramedy, admits that there are definitely pros to being a working mom even when it comes directly to her children’s well-being.

“The things that I want to impress upon all of my children are the things that are the hardest for me to get right in business,” she says.

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Sneak Peek! Fixer Upper‘s Joanna Gaines Teams Up with Matilda Jane for Sweet Girls’ Collection

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Joanna Gaines can officially add fashion designer to her résumé!

The star of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, who appears on the show alongside her husband Chip, recently stepped outside of her home-improvement-pro walls to collaborate with Matilda Jane Clothing on a brand new girls line.

“It really was a natural partnership since I love their clothing line so much,” Gaines tells PEOPLE of the collection, available this holiday season. “My girls have been wearing Matilda Jane for years, so the thought of being a part of this collection was really exciting to me.”

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Gaines’ daughters are Emmie, 6, and Ella, 9. “My girls were a part of the design process and I loved that they got to see the line go from concept to reality — it was really special,” she shares.

Matilda Jane targets women and girls, specializing in fun, whimsical patterns that, according to their website, result “in designs that capture the spirit and imagination of childhood.”

“The mix and match patterns are unique, colorful and fun, perfect for children and adults alike,” Gaines explains of her line.

“This collection is special to me because I wanted to incorporate elements of the garden and moments on the farm,” she adds. “These are the things that inspire me the most and remind me of my own girls.”

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The mom of four — she and her husband also share sons Duke, 8, and Drake, 11 — admits she can’t pick what she likes best from the collection, but does have a soft spot for one particular item.

“I don’t think I could choose a favorite piece, but I love the Farmland Frolic Dress. It has such a sweet way about it, and any girl loves a dress that twirls!”

Joanna Gaines’ collection with Matilda Jane will be available Dec. 1, with pieces ranging from $28 to $198. For more details, visit matildajaneclothing.com.

Jen Juneau with reporting by Anya Leon


Janet Jackson Officially Announces Her Pregnancy ‘Blessing’ at 50 – See the Exclusive Photo!

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Janet Jackson is one glowing mom-to-be.

The 50-year-old singer is officially confirming her pregnancy and showing off her growing baby bump exclusively with PEOPLE.

“We thank God for our blessing,” says the star.

After Jackson announced in April she was postponing her Unbreakable World Tour in May to focus on “planning” a family with her husband Wissam Al Mana, sources confirmed to PEOPLE the star was expecting her first child.

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Over the last few months, Jackson has kept a low profile and was last spotted shopping for baby buys at London’s Back in Action furniture store.

“She is super excited about her pregnancy and is doing extremely well,” a source close to the Jackson family previously told PEOPLE. “She actually feels very good about everything.”

For more on how Janet Jackson is prepping for motherhood, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Melody Chiu with reporting by Blaine Zuckerman

Idina Menzel Admits Divorce Made Her Feel Like She’d Failed Her Son: ‘You Have a Lot of Regret’

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Idina Menzel is opening up about her song “Perfect Story,” and what it means to her and her family — particularly in regard to her divorce from ex-husband Taye Diggs and the impact it has had on their 7-year-old son Walker Nathaniel.

“I sang it for the first time onstage last night in front of an audience and I didn’t want to start crying,” Menzel, 45, told PEOPLE Now of the song, which is featured on her new full-length album idina.

“I felt it coming on and I had to fight it [off] because you don’t sing very well when you’re crying,” adds the former Wicked star.

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“But that’s the beautiful thing about writing music and getting in the studio with amazing collaborators and songwriters and producers — and they had a similar experience, the people I was working with,” Menzel adds. “And so we were able to commiserate and write about this common feeling that a lot of parents have.”

The Frozen voice actress is candid about her own feelings toward what the song means in terms of her son’s upbringing and experiences throughout his parents’ split.

“You have a lot of regret with a child, and feeling like you’re failing them in some way,” she says. “Not giving them the idealistic scenario.”

The actress and singer has made it clear that she and her ex-husband have one simple objective: to make Walker their priority.

“Your child comes first, that’s all,” Menzel, who recently announced her engagement to actor Aaron Lohr, says about sharing parenting duties with Diggs.

“It’s all about that,” she adds. “He comes first and you have to get past your own egos and you never talk bad about each other.”

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Tom Brady Talks Being the Disciplinarian in His Household: ‘Typically, That’s More the Man’s Role’

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Tom Brady may have a busy season ahead of him, but his most important job is still as dad to his three kids — and that includes being tough when he needs to be.

“I need more patience with my kids,” the New England Patriots quarterback, 39, tells PEOPLE. “I have a quick fuse sometimes, so when they’re older I imagine them going, ‘Dad, you were so hard on me.’ ”

Adds Brady, who is dad to 3½-year-old daughter Vivian Lake and 6½-year-old son Benjamin with supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen, as well as son Jack, 9, from a previous relationship, “I think discipline’s important, and typically that’s more the man’s role in the house.”

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When asked if he considers himself a strict parent, the dad of three clarifies that he think there’s a difference between being too tough and being consistent with rule enforcing.

“I wouldn’t say strict, but I’d say disciplined, because there are definitely times when they get over on their dad,” he says, admitting he’s not at all tough on Vivian.

“No way. It’s too hard — she’s too cute, and she just says, ‘Dad, please?’ and I say ‘Okay,’ ” he confesses. “My wife always says, ‘You gotta be tougher on her!’ and I say, ‘I can’t.’

“[Vivian]’s, like, half my wife, so you know … that’s just the way it goes.”

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Brady says he learned loyalty, compassion and empathy from his own parents, which he hopes to pass on to his kids.

And according to the NFL star, his own apples haven’t fallen too far from the tree.

“There’s definitely times when they stop and I go, ‘Whoa, yeah, that’s my kid,’ ” says Brady with a laugh. “When they pout and when they don’t get what they want and they stammer around the house — my daughter will cross her arms.

“It’s just the best … I’m a little bit like that,” he admits.

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Inside GloZell Green’s Sweet Nursery for Daughter O’Zell

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GloZell Green knew she couldn’t be left to her own devices when it came to decorating her baby girl’s nursery.

“If I had done it, it would have been a green glitter mess,” the Awestruck and YouTube star tells PEOPLE exclusively of her 9-week-old daughter O’Zell Gloriana De Green Simon‘s new room.

Instead, Green and her husband Kevin Simon — who are featured in the current issue of PEOPLE — hired designer Wendy Bellissimo for the job.

“They chose some great colors that I never would have been picked out,” Green says of Bellissimo and her husband, Joe.

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But the Bellissimos’ contribution to little O’Zell’s life won’t end with the nursery.

“They were over here so often and my husband and I loved them so much and they really took to O’Zell, so we asked them to be her godparents and they said yes,” Green says. “They have four daughters so they understand girls, and we just bonded while they were putting the nursery together. So that was an extra special gift.”

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Green — who is chronicling her journey through motherhood on her Awestruck series Glo All In — says she’s loved every moment of being mom to O’Zell, but she’s had to get used to getting through the day on little or no sleep.

“Everyone told me to sleep when the baby sleeps, but she sleeps during the daytime and that’s when I have to get stuff done! I’ve been a zombie,” she says.

“I’ve learned how to exist and get work done when you’re exhausted. I’ve finally gotten to that level because at first I had no idea how I was going to do it.”

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But, she says, it’s all worth it.

“She smiles and she has a really strong will. If she decides she doesn’t want something, there’s no convincing her otherwise,” Green says of O’Zell, who was welcomed via surrogate on Aug. 4. “Sometimes she wants her pacifier, and other times she doesn’t even want it near her. She’s very strong and determined. She’s always trying to stand, and she was born with her eyes open, so she’s ready to go.”

And Green is eager to have her baby follow her footsteps into social-media domination.

“I’ve already got her Instagram account set up, and she has over 110,000 followers. I was like, ‘This is the family business. I’ve got to show her what to do!’ ” Green says. “Plus, I knew my Facebook and YouTube page would be all about her if I didn’t just make a separate one dedicated to her.”

— Patrick Gomez


Scott MacIntyre Welcomes Son Christian Scott

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It’s a boy for Scott MacIntyre!

The season 8 American Idol finalist became a dad for the first time on Wednesday, Sept. 21, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

His wife Christina gave birth to a baby boy they named Christian Scott MacIntyre at 12:05 a.m., in Franklin, Tennessee. The couple’s first child was born weighing 6 lbs., 6 oz.

MacIntyre was born blind and previously underwent a kidney transplant at the age of 22 after he was diagnosed with kidney failure in his late teens. And last June, he was suffering from kidney failure again when a stranger offered to anonymously donate a kidney to the singer, which allowed him to become a dad.

“I am so grateful to my kidney donor for giving me my health back and allowing us to create this new life,” MacIntyre, 31, tells PEOPLE. “Being a dad is already so rewarding, and I am treasuring this special time with Christina and our son.”

Adds Christina, “I have always wanted to be a mom, and Christian is a beautiful gift. He is a calm and easygoing little guy just like his dad!”

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“It’s crazy,” MacIntyre told PEOPLE exclusively in April. “It was not possible for us to have a baby while I was in kidney failure, so my donor not only gave me the gift of life but also allowed us to create a new life.”

In June, the MacIntyres shared the sex of their baby by displaying the message, “Our mini Mac is a boy!” on a black chalkboard.

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And the couple posted another update at 33 weeks, adding that their baby was the size of a pineapple.

“We’re getting so excited to meet this little guy soon #minimac,” Christina wrote in an Instagram post of her growing baby belly.

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Prior to finding out the sex of their baby, the couple had already picked out names for both a boy and a girl.

“We have had thoughts about what each would be like — to have both a boy and a girl — but we are grateful to have whatever God blesses us with,” MacIntyre said in April. “Now that I have my transplant and have my health back, I’m so looking forward to this new chapter with Christina and our baby.”

— Blake Bakkila with reporting by Anya Leon


Dean McDermott Says Baby No. 5 Is a ‘Testament’ to Tori Spelling Staying After His Cheating Scandal

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Dean McDermott is a true believer that love conquers all.

McDermott, 49, is expecting his fifth child with wife Tori Spelling and tells PEOPLE exclusively that their pregnancy speaks volumes about the state of their love-filled marriage.

“This baby is a testament to how much we love each other. And it’s a testament to Tori for staying with me. It’s amazing,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue about the couple’s upcoming addition, who is due next year.

McDermott adds, “Love does conquer all. And that’s what this pregnancy says about our relationship. It’s everlasting.”

Watch this full episode of People Features: Tori & Dean, available now, on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices.

The duo, who are parents to Liam, 9, Stella, 8, Hattie, 5, and Finn, 4, hit rock bottom just over three years ago when McDermott admitted to cheating on his wife.

But in the time since “everything crashed,” the couple made the conscious decision to work through the difficult times — and celebrated their 10-year anniversary this year.

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“Obviously three years ago we hit a really rough patch and we made the conscious decision based on our love for each other and our love for our family as a whole to tough it out and work through it and get through it,” Spelling, 43, tells PEOPLE.

“And I’m so happy that that happened and there was never a doubt in my mind that I wanted to do that.”

For exclusive photos and much more from Tori Spelling, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Natalie Stone with reporting by Aili Nahas


Jana Kramer on Surviving Abuse: ‘I Want to Show My Daughter What a Strong Woman Looks Like’

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When Jana Kramer gave birth to daughter Jolie Rae on Jan. 31, 2016, she says she found her life’s true purpose.

“She’s the reason I get up and I will do anything for her,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

“I love music, I love performing, I love acting, all those things, but I’ve never felt fulfilled,” says Kramer, 32, who found success as an actress in 2009 on the CW hit, One Tree Hill, and then as a country music star. “But when I became a mom, I 100 percent knew what my purpose in life was — to be Jolie’s mom.”

Kramer adds, “She gives me so much strength.”

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Unfortunately, Kramer’s strength has been sorely tested over the years.

As she reveals exclusively in PEOPLE, Kramer was the victim of harrowing domestic abuse at the hands of her first husband, Michael Gambino, whom she married in early 2004.

Seventeen years her senior, Gambino developed a routine that led Kramer, then 20, to sleep in her car some nights or hide in the bushes until he calmed down. Easily angered and frequently jealous, “he’d come home at 3 o’clock in the morning and pick me up out of bed, throw me onto the ground and start yelling and hitting,” says Kramer, who hid bruises with makeup and kept the abuse hidden from family and friends.

Things escalated to a breaking point on Aug. 6, 2005, when he choked her into unconsciousness and left her bleeding on the gravel outside their L.A. home. Gambino was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to six years in prison. (Released on parole in 2010, he committed suicide two years later.)

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While Kramer went on to marry actor Johnathon Schaech in 2010, they split up within weeks of the wedding. She wed former NFL tight end Mike Caussin in 2015, but they separated in August when she discovered he’d been unfaithful.

But her union to Caussin gave her the greatest gift of her life: Jolie.

“I’ve never felt more beautiful than I do now because I’m Jolie’s mom,” says Kramer, who is set on making her daughter proud. “She is the love of my life.”

Most of all? She says, “I want Jolie to know what a strong woman looks like.”

For much more on Kramer’s journey and her story of surviving abuse, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

For more information or to seek help for domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE, or go to www.thehotline.org

— Elizabeth Leonard


Tori Spelling Opens Up About Expecting for the Fifth Time After a Dangerous Pregnancy

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When Tori Spelling discovered she was pregnant with her fifth child, one of her first thoughts was to make sure that the terrifying ordeal she endured during her fourth pregnancy could be avoided.

“I thought if we had another baby, my life could potentially be in danger,” Spelling, 43, exclusively tells PEOPLE.

The actress suffered from placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta blocks the cervix, during her pregnancy with son Finn, now 4.

“Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong,” continues Spelling, who spent three months in the hospital during her dangerous pregnancy due to excessive bleeding. “Dean [McDermott] and I created four beautiful children together and the thought of them not having a mother [if something went wrong again] was not something we were okay with.”

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Luckily, Spelling does not have placenta previa this pregnancy. “We were so happy once we found out,” she says.

Adds McDermott, 49: “The doctor said that considering everything that happened the last time, this is a miracle baby that Tori got pregnant and that it’s okay.”

Watch this full episode of People Features: Tori & Dean, available now, on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices.

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Now, the relieved parents of Liam, 9, Stella, 8, Hattie, 5 and Finn are focused on their healthy baby — and expanding their brood.

Says Spelling, “As far as cars and SUVs, we’re maxed out! And we’ll definitely be house hunting. We need another room. They’re already doubled up.”

Adds McDermott with a laugh, “We’re going to buy an apartment complex. Each child can have their own apartment!”

For exclusive photos and much more from Tori Spelling, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Aili Nahas


Tori Spelling Expecting Fifth Child

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And baby makes seven: Tori Spelling is expanding her family once again.

“It was a total surprise,” Spelling tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue of her impending fifth child with husband Dean McDermott. “But we always wanted a big family. I’m really excited.”

The pair are already parents to Liam, 9, Stella, 8, Hattie, 5 and Finn, 4. Dean also has an 18-year-old son, Jack, from his previous marriage.

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“Dean was saying, ‘We just got Finn out of diapers; I thought we were in the clear!’ ” says Spelling, 43, with a laugh. “For the first time this year, they’re all in school. So it’s like, wow. We’re basically starting over.”

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Regardless of the inevitable adjustments — “We need a Sprinter van!” says McDermott, 49 — the couple, who recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary, say baby number five is definitely meant to be.

Watch this full episode of People Features: Tori & Dean, available now, on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices.

RELATED VIDEO: Story Behind the Story: Tori Spelling Becomes a Mom for the Fifth Time

“This baby happened at the best time,” says Spelling. “Nothing is ever perfect, but I’m so madly in love with my husband and with our kids. The idea of adding to that is such a blessing.”

For exclusive photos and much more from Tori and Dean, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Aili Nahas

Inside Jillian Harris’ Adorable Sip and See for Son Leo

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When it came to the celebration for Jillian Harris‘ new baby, son Leo George Tiziano was most definitely star of the show.

“We called it a baby Leo party,” Harris tells PEOPLE exclusively of her Sept. 10 sip and see, honoring her and boyfriend Justin Pasutto‘s son, who was born on Aug. 5. “It wasn’t like a baby shower; it felt like a wedding!”

The fete, organized by CountDown Events Planning & Design with rentals from Avalon Rentals (including gorgeous Pergola Tents by Simon Cooksley), featured blooms by Celsia Florals and custom signs from DeLovely Details.

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Jillian Harris
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Adorable balloon displays by Tickle Trunk and Balloon Studio complemented décor by Vintage Origami.

“I was crying as soon as I drove in,” says Harris, 36, a blogger who also hosts Vancouver’s Love it Or List It. “I literally felt like royalty.”

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Jillian Harris
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Jillian Harris
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Harris’ friends and family, who received Minted invitations to the co-ed and kid-friendly bash, enjoyed vegan cuisine by Boy with a Knife, as well as cakes and cookies by Le Gateau and Vancouver Pie Hole and sweet treats from Earnest Ice Cream. The over 21 set enjoyed drinks from Postmark Beer and Sandhill Winery.

“The one-man band was amazing,” raves Harris of the tunes from Colin Bullock of Musos Entertainment. “There were kids running around, mingling and it was so special.”

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Jillian Harris
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Baby Leo is sure to appreciate the fete too, when he gets a little older. For now, Mama is luxuriating in time with her newborn.

“Leo and I have a bath together every night before he goes to bed,” says Harris. “And every night I cry. I can’t believe this is a part of me and I can’t believe I’m his mom. I’m so happy.”

— Aili Nahas


Christy Carlson Romano’s Blog: The Mirror & Me – Body Image In Your Second Trimester

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Christy Carlson Romano is pregnant!

The actress is best known for her early-2000s Disney Channel work, including her turn as type-A older sibling Ren Stevens on Even Stevensand for voicing the titular character in the animated series Kim Possible. In 2004, she starred on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Romano, 32, married writer-producer Brendan Rooney in a romantic winter-wonderland wedding set against the backdrop of the Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada, on New Year’s Eve 2013.

The couple are expecting their first child, a daughter, on Christmas Day.

You can find Romano on Instagram and Twitter @ChristyRomano.

Few topics make more women uncomfortable than that of discussing our body image. Now add the necessary 15 lbs in 2 weeks* for baby’s health and you end up having a spectrum of opinions ranging from shameful, boastful (I’m so nurturing and glowy!) and even highly depressed (cue the ice cream & Nicholas Sparks movies).

Personally, I have always been very thin — to a fault. When I hit my growth spurt at 12, I was all chicken legs and crooked teeth (thank you, ballet & braces). People often called me rude names, as if being underweight had something to do with making me a misfit.

Now, I can assure you, there have been times when I have dropped weight due to stress, but I have averaged the same weight and decent nutrition patterns for most of my life.

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Enter, pregnancy. I am the heaviest I have ever been. My doctor just asked me if I am active because I have gained 20 pounds in my second trimester. I am also the most hormonal. This has called into question a ton of feelings in regards to my weight that I can only imagine I share with many of you ladies.

Now, I am lucky to be with someone who actually LIKES me without makeup, a bra, and thinks sweatpants are sexy! (He’s a keeper this one, I tell ya.) But I have never felt more schlumpy than these last couple months.

On the one hand, I have been so happy to get my appetite back after my first trimester nausea (see Blog #1), and for a moment (okay, like a couple weeks of moments), I relished in being able to eat to my heart’s content to meet my daily quota of nutrients.

In some ways, I was trying to prove everybody (mostly my inner critic) wrong from my childhood that I could be “normal.” But in this massive cluster of information we find ourselves thrown into, “normal” for us first-time moms does not mean “normal” — it means being the best at being what we think is the status quo.

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After months of looking at my now parenting-laden Pinterest boards, I can’t help but question what “normal” even means for us moms overall.

Is normal wearing sky high heels, dusty trench coats and false eyelashes while showcasing your maternal side as a side-note to your overall independent personality?

“Isn’t being pregnant glamorous?” these pictures seem to scream. Or does normal mean hibernating at home for days on end and “nesting” in yesterday’s yoga wear? Is it a mix of the two?

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I really hope I am not alone in this confusion. I don’t wish to be superficial or detract from the joy I feel every time our baby moves inside me, but I can’t help but feel as though the transition into motherhood comes altogether suddenly as your belly truly begins to sprout out and you must wistfully pack away your pre-pregnancy clothes.

Well, readers, I can tell you wearing heels for me, is out of the bleeping question. Yoga wear, on the other hand … there are a ton of amazing active options! (See pics!) In fact, things started to turn around for me as I embraced my new weight and let go of the concept of trying to have the perfect pregnancy for anyone else, and just have the perfect pregnancy for me and my baby.

More from Christy’s PEOPLE.com blog series:

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I have been blessed to have received great new maternity wear and, ladies, please treat yourself to some new bras (with strap extenders), leggings and flowy dresses for when you wanna rock that mama earth vibe. I really have grown to love affordable maternity brands like Ingrid & Isabel, Great Expectations Maternity, BOOB, Tiffany Rose, Miss Madison Photo Props and Pink Blush boutique.

Work and your social life will NOT stop until you decide. After much discussion (things are a family decision now), we have been able to make my date to start working from home around late October.

But even when I am working from home, the mind reels at comparing itself to others either more active, more photogenic or more organized/capable. Our insecurities really need to be held at bay by our own doing and we need to stop beating ourselves up.

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The other day, I was at a birthday party filled with beautiful babies. The moms at the party stressed how important it was for us to create a regiment of self-care. I wish someone had explained that the greatest form of self-care, at least from what I’ve come to learn, is not stressing about every little detail.

I can really only plan so much before going crazy! So I’ve been focusing on the basics: feeding myself and baby, my dreaded prenatals are key. Shaming myself for not doing an exercise regimen every day is NOT. I have also started to meditate via the Calm app on my phone. I highly recommend it!

Overall, let’s love ourselves as we are now, ladies. I believe our babies will thank us later.

Lots of Love,

— Christy Carlson Romano


Jacques Torres Welcomes Son Pierre

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There’s a new little sweetie in line for the Mr. Chocolate crown!

Master pastry chef Jacques Torres and his wife, chocolatier Hasty Torres, welcomed son Pierre Torres in New York City on Friday, Aug. 19, at 8:57 a.m., his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Baby Pierre weighed in at 6 lbs., 3 oz. and measured 18.7 inches at birth.

“By far my most precious creation I’ve ever made arrived on Friday morning, just when our warm chocolate croissants were coming out of the oven,” the new dad, 57, wrote on Instagram.

“Meet my son Pierre, he completes my life. Merci Wifey @madame_chocolat I love you!” he added, tacking on the hashtags, “#MyLittleBonbon,” “#ChocolatePrince,” “#PrincePierre” and “#BeauàCroquer.”

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In photos shared exclusively with PEOPLE, it looks like baby Pierre might be a mini pastry chef with his culinary-inspired photo shoot.

In one shot, Jacques can be seen cradling his newborn while in another Pierre is sound asleep — while sporting a chef hat!

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Jacques Torres Son Pierre
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Jacques Torres Son Pierre
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Pierre is the first child for the couple, who were married in 2007. Jacques, who grew up in France and began opening his own shops in 2000, has nine stores in the New York City area.

According to The Observer, the couple recently expanded their home base to make space for their new arrival, with Jacques selling his Hell’s Kitchen condo in favor of a 2,500-square-foot space on the Upper East Side.

“He’s such a great person,” Dennis Ding, a broker for N.Y.C. real-estate firm Nest Seekers, told The Observer in March of Jacques. “They’re so happy! A new apartment and a new baby!”

Jen Juneau with reporting by Megan Stein


Janet Jackson Is ‘Super Excited’ About Expecting Her First Child at 50, Source Says

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Janet Jackson cannot wait to be a mom.

“She is super excited about her pregnancy and is doing extremely well,” a source close to the Jackson family tells PEOPLE. “She actually feels very good about everything.”

Jackson, 50, has kept a low profile since news of her pregnancy broke in May.

But the mom-to-be was spotted browsing baby buys at London’s Back in Action furniture store on Tuesday, keeping her baby bump under wraps in sweatpants, a black sweater and a matching scarf.

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In June, her brother Tito Jackson confirmed she was expecting her first child with husband Wissam Al Mana, 41.

“She’s doing very well,” he told PEOPLE. “She’s taking it easy. [She’s] hoping for a healthy baby.”

News of her pregnancy came after the star released a video in April apologizing to fans for canceling her Unbroken tour, while also alluding to her baby on the way.

“We’re in the second leg of the tour, and there actually has been a sudden change,” Jackson said in the clip. “I thought it was important that you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning our family. So I’m going to have to delay the tour.”

Jackson and the Qatari businessman were married in 2012 in a private ceremony.

— Blake Bakkila with reporting by Mia McNiece


Passion for Fashion! Inside Samantha Harris’ Daughter Josselyn’s 9th Birthday

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Samantha Harris is truly the hostess with the mostest!

The TV host’s daughter Josselyn celebrated her 9th birthday with 20 friends at the family’s Los Angeles-area home on Saturday with her very own fashion show party.

Harris, 42, tells PEOPLE it was an unforgettable day for her older daughter, who officially turned 9 on Friday.

“Jossie came up with a ‘fashion show’ theme and wanted all the girls to come dressed in their own fanciest clothes — or, if their moms would allow, come dressed in their moms’ fancy dresses and accessories,” Harris says.

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Samantha Harris daughter birthday
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Before the big night, Harris used Avery Labels to create DIY invitations (and later thank you cards) that matched the evening’s theme.

Once at the party, all attendees got their hair and makeup done from one of Harris’ friends, celebrity makeup artist Courtney Hart. Harris and some of the other moms treated the girls to manicures before the group moved on to the fashion show rehearsal.

“Now, it was showtime!” Harris says, adding that each girl took a turn working the hot pink gymnastic mat-turned runway that was adorned with a black gauze curtain and hot pink and zebra print balloons.

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After strutting their stuff, the girls changed into PJs and enjoyed some whole wheat pizza, salad, veggies and fruit before diving into a hot pink and zebra-print cake.

To end the night, Harris says the girls “snuggled in tightly” to watch the American Girl Doll movie Grace.

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Guests took home nail kits and polishes from Zoya and Ella + Mila, and got to enjoy Harris’ signature party favor.

“The bags were adorned with a pack of my birthday party goody bag staple each year, Mabel’s Labels, personalized with each girl’s name on their own pack,” she says.

Harris shares Josselyn and 5-year-old daughter Hillary with her husband of nearly 12 years, Michael Hess.

— Blake Bakkila


Inside Wes Chatham and Jenn Brown’s Animal-Inspired Nursery for Son Rhett

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For Wes Chatham and Jenn Brown, baby No. 2 is living in blue!

The actor, 37, and sportscaster, 35, along with their almost-2-year-old son John Nash, recently welcomed Rhett Jameson.

Rhett is almost 4 months old, and now, he has his very own room.

“For the nursery theme, we decided to go with animals because I fell in love with these cute watercolor animal prints that I had found on Etsy,” she tells PEOPLE.

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The family exclusively shared photos with PEOPLE of Rhett’s new nursery, which features awesome online finds that Brown discovered while browsing for baby buys.

“I ended up getting a lot of items for the nursery on Etsy because they have so many great options, and it’s great being able to support small businesses,” she says.

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Jenn brown
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The furniture — including a changing table-dresser and crib — are from évolur, and Brown loves the functionality of the pieces.

“I fell in love with their furniture,” she says. “Their attention to detail is incredible and I love that their pieces are versatile and will grow with Rhett.”

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Jenn brown
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They also teamed up with Oilo again to decorate the room with blue-and-white bedding. Last year, the family worked with the company to design Nash’s rustic room.

“They have some of the cutest nursery bedding I’ve ever seen,” Brown says.

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Jenn brown
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But their favorite part of Rhett’s nursery? The brotherly bonding that goes on in Rhett’s reading nook.

“The bookshelf and reading corner were must-haves because Nash loves to sit with his little brother and peruse through books,” Brown says.

“Wes and I are always reading to them, and it makes me happy to see how excited they are to read at night.”

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Overall, Brown says her now-“complete” family is thrilled with the results.

“Wes and I just love how the nursery came out and look forward to seeing our two little boys grow up in our home together,” she says.

— Blake Bakkila


Annaleigh Ashford Welcomes Son Jack Clark

Annaleigh Ashford Welcomes Son Jack Clark
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It’s a Broadway baby boy!

Kinky Boots alum Annaleigh Ashford and husband Joe Tapper welcomed their first child — a son — on Thursday, Sept. 8, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Born at 6:36 a.m. in Los Angeles, Jack Clark Tapper weighed in at 7 lbs., 3 oz., and measured 21 inches long.

“There are no words to describe our joy when we first met our Jack,” the couple tell PEOPLE.

Jack is technically an only child for now, but joins Ashford and Tapper’s dog Gracie to round out the household.

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The pair, who tied the knot in 2013, confirmed the exciting news exclusively to PEOPLE in May.

“We are so excited to be having a little boy,” Ashford, 31, said at the time. “Now we’ll finally have a place to put all of Joe’s St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia.”

The Tony-winning actress, who will next star as Columbia in FOX’s televised musical version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Oct. 20, has a new little man whose eyes she can keep in the back of her mind if she’s away from him for a while.

“Joe has really magical eyes and an amazing face,” Ashford told The New York Times of her husband in 2013 shortly after they were wed. “Right away, he sparkled and smiled at me. When we are away from each other for a long time, I can always see his eyes.

“We hung out that whole night, until the wee hours of morning,” she added, recounting the first night they met. “I was always waiting to meet someone where it felt right, like the stars were aligned. I thought, ‘This is it.’ ”

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And Jack is in luck, because his parents sound like quite the fun pair, taking off of work every year for Ashford’s birthday just to spend a day at Six Flags together — just the two of them (which is surely likely to turn into the three of them once Jack is old enough).

“We know all the roller coasters,” the Masters of Sex actress said. “We always get funnel cakes because funnel cakes are magic.”

— Jen Juneau with reporting by Sarah Michaud


Holly Madison Vows to Take Her Time Losing Her 60 Lbs. of Baby Weight

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As a former Las Vegas performer and reality show star, Holly Madison certainly has the experience of looking picture perfect. But when it comes to her post-baby body, she’s not under any pressure to bounce back too soon.

“I’m going to get healthy, but I’m not going to focus on how fast I’m losing weight,” Madison, 36, tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. “I don’t have a time limit.”

The former Girls Next Door star and bestselling author, who welcomed her second child, a boy named Forest Leonardo Antonio on Aug. 7, says she gained 60 pounds while pregnant.

“I was eating junk food and ordering a lot of Postmates,” Madison admits. “I spent more on Postmates than I did on groceries!”

Comfort food, indeed. “I was vaguely nauseous and the thought of greens grossed me out,” says Madison. “I was a Shakey’s Pizza regular!”

 

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Now, “I feel different,” Madison reveals. “I’m not used to feeling like this. But I don’t feel the pressure. I’m just going to get healthy.”

Until then, Madison says with a laugh, “there are tight undergarments and smoke and mirrors!”

One thing the mother of two has certainly been losing is sleep since bringing home baby Forest.

“It’s been nice. Not a lot of sleep, but it’s been nice,” she says. “I just put the month aside to try and get a new routine with the two kids. I thought I’d been through the baby thing before [with Rainbow Aurora, 3,] and I’d got it down, but juggling with the two kids is something new … It’s a learning process for sure.”

Madison also says her husband Pasquale Rotella was especially excited to welcome a little boy into their family. Before the due date, the eager dad-to-be suggested the name of one of his closest friends, Forest.

“We also liked the name because it’s just a very nature-themed name and it goes with Rainbow,” she says. “I came up with [his middle name, Leonardo,] because people would ask me when I was due and people would say, ‘Oh, he’s a Leo!’ So I kept thinking that was a sign.”

Once their baby boy was born, Madison says Rotella made a lot of plans.

“He was excited to have a son,” she says. “He’s excited to buy him sneakers. He was really doting on both kids. It’s more about the dynamic of finding balance. He’s always concerted with making Rainbow feel included and giving her attention.”

Part of managing this dynamic started early on, when Madison says she and her husband started talking to Rainbow about their growing family.

“Pasquale and I have been talking to her about getting a brother or sister long before I was even pregnant,” she says. “We were trying to get the idea in her head, like, ‘You’re not the only one, so chill!’ And we got some gifts from friends, like ‘I’m a big sister’-type books. Those helped a lot.”

For now, Madison looks forward to her kids developing a close relationship.

“Their sibling bond is so valuable,” she says. “It’s so great to have that person who has the shared memories of growing up. It’s her own little team. It’ll be so cute to see them play. It will be really interesting to watch how that develops.”

Madison says she can see many more bonds forming in the future as her family continues to grow in size — maybe.

“When I was younger, I always thought I might have three kids because I have a brother and a sister,” she says. “I wouldn’t mind having even more, I just want to space it out a little bit. I could see myself having six kids over the years. I am totally open to adopting. One day, a big family.”

— Aili Nahas

Bachelorette Alum Jillian Harris Worked a 14-Hour Day Before Giving Birth to Son Leo

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No one can call her an underachiever!

In fact, the day that Jillian Harris gave birth to son Leo George, her first child with boyfriend Justin Pasutto, the blogger and host of HGTV’s Love It or List It Too in Vancouver worked a full 14 hours.

“My pregnancy and delivery was not the most glamorous,” Harris reveals to PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I worked on set, came home, went for a swim and then my water broke!”

Harris’ whole film crew, as well as friends and family — nearly 13 people — were in the delivery room. “It was not at all how I envisioned it, but it was such a hoot,” she admits.

Within two days of welcoming little Leo, now 6 weeks old, the former Bachelorette star says she was “working again.”

“It’s hard when you have your own business,” she shares. “I have people who depend on me.”

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Harris sometimes finds herself in pajamas halfway through the afternoon — it’s then that she feels “the pressure.”

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Gradually, the self-proclaimed “go getter” says she’s learned to take it a little bit easier and focus on precious time with her son.

“Justin helps ground me,” says Harris, 36, of her boyfriend. “He tells me to take it one day at a time and one email at a time. I put Leo first and whatever gets done, gets done. It’s hard for me because I like to do it all!”

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Still, time with Leo is the most treasured, says Harris. “We have a bath together every night before he goes to bed and I cry every time because I’m so happy.”

“There’s a part of me that just feels so grounded,” Harris says. “I felt the connection right when I first saw him.”

— Aili Nahas


Holly Madison on Son Forest’s NICU Scare After Birth: ‘I Spent Hours Thinking My Baby Couldn’t See’

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Holly Madison is opening up about the birth of her son, Forest Leonardo Antonio, and the “stressful” days that ensued after he was admitted into the neonatal intensive care unit.

Moments after Madison, 36, gave birth to her second child on Aug. 7, the newborn baby was swiftly taken to the NICU where he was hooked up to “a million machines.”

In a PEOPLE exclusive interview, the former Girls Next Door star recalls that medical staff “took him away to get the fluid out of his lungs. First it was the fluid, then it was jaundice, then his eyes weren’t dilating, and I spent hours thinking my baby couldn’t see.”

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Madison, who is also mom to 3-year-old daughter Rainbow Aurora and married to 42-year-old events company owner Pasquale Rotella, says the three days after her son’s birth were “stressful.”

But after doctors deemed the now 6-week-old perfectly healthy, Madison and Rotella were able to bring their baby home.

Now although Madison says the first few days were “a super emotional time,” the experience made motherhood even more meaningful. “It was such a relief,” says Madison.

In the almost two months since Forest’s birth, Madison says her “sweet” son is bonding well with the family, and big sister Rainbow has “been great.”

And now that Madison has both a boy and a girl, she notes one comical difference between the two. “Diaper changes are way harder with a boy,” Madison laughingly says. “I’m getting hosed down on a regular basis!”

For more from Holly Madison, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Aili Nahas


Audrina Patridge Calls Motherhood the ‘Best Thing Ever’: ‘I’ve Spent Every Minute’ with My Daughter

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Between delivery challenges, breastfeeding pain and sleepless nights, Audrina Patridge hasn’t sugarcoated how difficult motherhood can be.

But for the former reality star, parenthood came naturally — and every hurdle has been worth it for her daughter Kirra Max, now 12 weeks old.

“Every day I look at her and I can’t believe she’s mine. I can’t believe we made this,” Patridge, 31, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “And she’s changing every week. Now she’s smiling all the time and making ‘goo’s and ‘gah’s.

“She’s so cute. It melts my heart,” adds the former star of The Hills and current lifestyle blogger at AudrinaPatridge.com.

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“I get teary-eyed because I’m so happy,” says Patridge of her first child, whose fiancé is Australian pro BMX dirt bike rider Corey Bohan.

“She’s like a little angel. It’s the best thing ever,” she adds. “She’s a really, really good baby. We’re lucky. I’ve spent every minute with her, I’m always with her. I think that helps a lot.”

Kirra may have just arrived, but the new mom is already excited about the prospect of growing her family.

“Definitely!” she tells PEOPLE of wanting more kids. “Hopefully a boy. If we get a girl it’s perfect. Two girls I would be excited, and [then] we’d probably try for a boy.”

But for now, Patridge is content focusing on her little girl, sharing, “I just want to go places and show her the world and watch her experience things for the first time. Like taking her to the beach and putting her toes in the sand. She’ll probably have an Australian accent!”

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Speaking of her Aussie fiancé, Patridge makes it clear she lucked out in the daddy department with Bohan.

“I knew Corey was going to be a good dad because he’s good with his nieces and nephews and
mine too. That was a no-brainer,” she says. “He just looks at her with such love in his eyes. He’s such a good dad.”

The balance of duties in the new parents’ household has Mama on feeding patrol while Daddy handles diaper duty.

“He’ll wake up and change her diaper in the middle of the night or bounce her and let me sleep for an extra two to three hours,” Patridge says. “He was on diaper patrol the first four days. I didn’t change one diaper.”

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Patridge shares with PEOPLE that the happy couple have a date set for their wedding after putting planning on hold.

“Now that [Kirra]’s born, we have a routine and a schedule and I know what she wants and what her cries mean,” she says.

“Now it’s crunch time,” Patridge adds. “It will be the end of this year. Kirra’s definitely going to be in the wedding. I want her to be involved somehow.”

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Their upcoming marriage has new meaning for the couple, who have known each other for almost a decade now.

“It’s family. It’s connecting all the dots and bringing it all together,” she explains of their nuptials. “We both came to a decision where we’re like we’re giving this 100 percent now. No more being gone all the time. And we’re both ready for it.”

For more from Audrina Patridge, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

Jen Juneau with reporting by Aili Nahas


Ninth Child on the Way for Mel Gibson

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Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross, his girlfriend of two years, are expecting a baby early next year, the star’s rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Already a father of eight kids, Gibson, 60, is thrilled to add to his brood.

“Mel and Rose are so excited about the baby,” says a friend close to the couple.

“Mel loves being a dad and he and Rose can’t wait to be parents together. The last two years have been some of his happiest years he’s ever had.”

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This will be a first child for Ross, 26, a writer and former champion equestrian vaulter.

“She is great for him,” a source told PEOPLE recently.

“She has her own life, but also seems to enjoy Mel’s … They are very much on the same page.”

Gibson has been enjoying more good news. His latest directorial effort, the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, out on Nov. 4, has already garnered Oscar buzz and received a 10-minute standing ovation at its debut at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 4.

Gibson will soon head to Europe to shoot the film The Professor and the Madman, opposite Sean Penn.

— Elizabeth Leonard


Audrina Patridge: Breastfeeding Daughter Kirra Has Been ‘More Painful Than the C-Section’

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Forget the sleepless nights. For Audrina Patridge, the hardest adjustment to new motherhood was getting used to nursing.

“Breastfeeding was the most painful thing,” Patridge, whose daughter Kirra Max is now 12 weeks old, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “For me, it was more painful than the c-section!”

The Hills former cast member — who now runs a lifestyle blog, AudrinaPatridge.com — says she learned to “push through” the pain, and eventually survived intact.

“The first two to three weeks were excruciating,” says Patridge, 31. “But I got through it!”

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“I slept on the couch for a week. My grandma came and helped for a week. It was crazy!” Patridge admits of some of the other difficulties she experienced in bringing a baby home for the first time.

But as any new mom would likely admit after coming out on the other side, the challenges are all worth it.

“Once I had Kirra, nothing else mattered,” Patridge says of her daughter, who is now sleeping six to seven hours a night. “I didn’t even care. I didn’t care about the dishes piling up or anything. I just let it go.”

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Now that Kirra is on the verge of turning 3 months old, the new mom can focus on the happier moments with her daughter, whose father is Patridge’s fiancé Corey Bohan.

“She’s definitely a water baby,” says Patridge. “Corey can’t wait to take her surfing. And I just can’t wait to get our nails done and take her shopping, the little things.”

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It certainly sounds like a good balance of hobbies is in the future for Kirra.

“She’ll be a tomboy with Corey and a full-on girly girl with me!” Patridge adds. “She’ll be a cute little tomboy who likes makeup.”

For more from Audrina Patridge, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

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Lacey Chabert Reveals the Inspiration Behind Daughter Julia’s Name (and It’s Not Party of Five!)

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Two weeks after giving birth to Julia Mimi Bella, Lacey Chabert is opening up about how it felt to lay eyes on her first child.

“Meeting my daughter for the first time was the most special moment of my life,” the Mean Girls actress tells PEOPLE exclusively of her and husband Dave Nehdar‘s baby girl, who was born in Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 5:24 p.m., weighing 7 lbs., 3 oz.

Adds Chabert, 33, “They laid Julia on my chest in the delivery room and my heart completely melted. She was just so peaceful.”

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“She stared at me with the most loving look in her beautiful eyes as she studied my face,” the PEOPLE blogger recounts of their first meeting.

“I instantly fell deeply in love with her,” Chabert continues. “The pure joy of finally being able to see and kiss her sweet little face was a moment I’ll treasure forever. She truly is a blessing from God.”

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Of Julia’s name, the Party of Five alum didn’t get it from her former castmate Neve Campbell‘s character on the show, contrary to some fans’ beliefs.

“We named her after my mom,” she explains. “My mother and I have always had a very close relationship, so I wanted to honor my mom by naming my daughter Julia as well.”

Jen Juneau with reporting by Anya Leon


Jimmy Kimmel on the Challenges of Toilet Training His 2-Year-Old Daughter: ‘She Wants to Take Her Potty on the Trampoline’

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Jimmy Kimmel isn’t new to fatherhood, but it’s been a while since he’s had a toddler running around the house — until now.

The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host sat down with Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly, to talk about a milestone he and his wife Molly McNearney are working on with their 2-year-old daughter Jane.

“We’re potty training her right now. And maybe this is some kind of karmic punishment for my time on The Man Show, but she wants to take her potty on the trampoline,” says Kimmel, whose early-2000s Comedy Central series costarring Adam Carolla featured a slow-motion segment of women in revealing clothing jumping on trampolines.

“And she’ll only go to the potty on the trampoline, which is insane,” Kimmel, 48, adds through laughter. “But that’s her. She’s a weird kid.”

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Cagle asks Kimmel what the best and worst things about parenting a 2-year-old are, and the proud dad can’t help but focus on the positive.

Everything’s great about it — even the bad things are great,” he admits. “When I come home, the level of excitement is something that you really can only get from a pet. She goes crazy.”

But of course, there are slight drawbacks to having a little person who loves you with every emotion she has.

“She screams when I leave for work every day — that’s the worst part of it,” he says. ” ‘Daddy, please!’ It’s just like, ‘I have to go to work!’ She doesn’t understand this.”

Kimmel is also dad to son Kevin, 22, and daughter Katie, 25, from a previous marriage. He shares that his grown children both live in Los Angeles, with Kevin working in television and Katherine as an artist.

“I’m more patient, I’m more confident,” he says of how his parenting experiences are different now than they were over 20 years ago. “I didn’t make any money when I was in radio and I got fired a lot.”

He adds, “It’s stressful enough to get fired and have to move to another town, but when you have little kids, it’s even more stressful. So it’s easier this time around, and I’m glad because I’m busy.”

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Kimmel also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday and shared more details about his current life as a potty-training dad.

“There’s a new thing where you just let ’em run around the house with no pants on for a week,” he joked to Ellen DeGeneres, clarifying that the point is to encourage her toward the potty.

We have this Elmo potty — it’s like pooping on a slot machine,” he adds. “All sorts of noises are happening.”

Kimmel shares that Jane has an affinity for a certain drink she’s a little young for yet, but is still curious about.

“She also likes coffee,” he jokes. “Not real coffee. She sees my wife, Molly, and I drinking coffee in the morning. And so I’ll make her, like, a foamed milk and I’ll put it in a coffee cup and then she has her pinky out.

“But now, when we go to get coffee at a coffee shop, she wants to get something,” he continues. “We’re driving, and I hear her whining in the backseat. And I say, ‘What’s wrong?’ And she says, ‘I just want a vanilla yatte.’ ”

Jen Juneau


How Audrina Patridge Got Through Her ‘Scary’ C-Section with the Help of Train’s ‘Soul Sister’

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No one ever said delivering a baby was easy, but Audrina Patridge had some musical accompaniment to make the process a little less stressful.

“I had the doctors turn up the music in the delivery room so I wouldn’t focus on what was happening,” Patridge tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. “I was kind of scared and Corey just kept talking to me.”

The former star of The Hills delivered daughter Kirra Max by Cesarean section on June 24.

Fittingly, it was Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” that was playing when baby Kirra made her entrance.

“I was scared to have a c-section. She was breech. I tried everything to get her to flip. I went to acupuncture, I floated in the pool, I did front flips, I did handstands, I did everything you could imagine and nothing worked. I waited until the very end of my pregnancy” Patridge, 31, admits of the process. “[My fiancé] Corey [Bohan] kept talking to me. And it wasn’t bad at all!”

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And once the former reality star locked eyes on her baby girl, “It was instant,” she says. “It was so natural.”

Now, Patridge — who has a lifestyle blog, AudrinaPatridge.com — is relishing in every moment of life with 11-week-old Kirra.

“Every day I look at her and I can’t believe she’s mine,” she says. “She’s so cute, it melts my heart.”

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“Kirra is the happiest, most beautiful baby with a constant smile and lots of goo-ing and gaa-ing!” Patridge wrote on her blog in August. “She loves giving Corey and [me] the biggest smiles.”

Though the work is worth it, Patridge also got real about the hardships of first-time motherhood in those first few weeks.

“If I’m being completely honest, the first month of no sleep, C-section recovery, unpacking, and getting back into the swing of things was pretty grueling,” she admitted. “But, at the end of the day, all I had to do was take one look at Kirra and none of that mattered anymore.”

For more from Audrina Patridge, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Aili Nahas


Peyton Lambton’s Blog: Our Sweet Surprise of a Planned Pregnancy

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Please welcome our newest celebrity blogger, Peyton Lambton!

The costar of HGTV’s Going Yard and DIY Network’s Yard Crashers host Chris Lambton met through their appearances on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, respectively. They’ve appeared together on specials including My New Old House, HGTV Dream Home and HGTV Smart Home, and recently completed building their dream home near the Massachusetts coast.

Peyton, 33, and Chris, 39, were married in 2012.

They are expecting their first child in November, and are already parents to Summit, a 3-year-old greater swiss mountain dog.

You can find Peyton on her website, as well as on InstagramFacebook and Twitter @peytonwlambton.

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There are days when I wake up and still pinch myself because I can’t believe I am going to be a mother.

I have always tried to picture what different parts of my life would look like, and they have all surprised me. I never thought I would go on a reality show. I never thought I would meet my husband from a reality dating experience. I never thought we would work in television and home improvement. And I really never thought I would move out of the south to New England, where I would need a very heavy winter coat!

I did, however, think I would become a mother one day, and I am so happy that day is finally here!

I always thought that in the process of becoming a parent, getting pregnant would be the easiest step. Little did I know that we would spend years trying, only to find out that the old-fashioned way wasn’t in the cards for us.

I know plenty of women dealing with fertility issues, but I think many of us never anticipate it will happen to us. I also have a good number of friends who got pregnant by practically looking at their significant other.

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I remember asking my OB/GYN when I should stop using birth control because I figured there would be some time for my body to reset. He told me to stop when I was ready. Well, that was over two years ago!

Finally, we turned to a fertility specialist and tried everything from drugs to IUI and then IVF. This process wasn’t quick or easy, but it worked for us, and we couldn’t be more excited.

So I just started my third trimester, and pregnancy has been a roller coaster from day one. IVF wasn’t exactly a party, and then I got the worst morning/all-day sickness you can imagine. It lasted well into my second trimester, so I didn’t exactly get that blissful period with tons of energy that many describe.

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While I am feeling large, I am happy to finally have an appetite, and I have stopped turning my nose up at anything remotely healthy. There are always things to deal with at every step, whether it’s morning sickness, restless legs, bleeding gums or sleepless nights. I just know that all of these things are preparing me for the life that I am creating and that’s what keeps me going each day. It’s all worth it, and I will forget about all of these obstacles the minute we see this beautiful life we have created. Pregnancy is a journey that’s different for everyone, and I wouldn’t change anything about it!

Once we announced to our friends and family, everyone wanted to know if we were going to find out the gender. This is a natural question, and I always thought I would want to know. I consider myself an organized person, and I imagined that it would be much easier to plan the nursery and to have everything in order if we knew the gender.

My husband had a different opinion, and really did not want to know. We went back and forth, but ultimately decided that we would not find out.

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The process of going through IVF doesn’t allow for many surprises. I was very open with my friends and family about what I was going through, so no one was surprised when we finally announced we were pregnant. Now we have the opportunity to be surprised and to surprise everyone around us.

We have three nephews, and my husband is one of three boys, so the odds of it being a boy are pretty strong. I am an only child, so who knows what will come from my side?

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Obviously we will be thrilled either way, and all we want is a healthy baby! I’m glad we are waiting to find out, and I’m having a blast with all the guesses coming from friends and family.

What do you think?? Boy or girl???

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