Billie Lourd Is A Mom! Actress Welcomes First Child with Fiancé Austen Rydell

Billie Lourd is a mom!

The Booksmart actress, 28 welcomed her first child with fiancé Austen Rydell, she announced on Instagram Thursday.

"👑💙👑Introducing: 💙👑💙Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell💙👑💙" the new mom wrote in the caption, sharing a photo of the little boy's feet. 

As the grandson of the late Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, the tiny tot was fittingly dressed in solar system onesie. He was also wrapped in a blue and white fuzzy blanket.

Lourd and Rydell got engaged in June. In his announcement of the happy news on Instagram, Rydell wrote that saying "yes" to his proposal was a no-brainer for the Scream Queens alum.

"💍💍💍She said YES!! (Actually she said 'Duhhh') But I guess that's even better than yes?!? 💗🤪🎉🎰💥🍾," he captioned a series of photos that encapsulated their romance.

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In July, Rydell shared a sweet tribute to Lourd on her birthday.

"Happy Birthday to my FIANCÉ @praisethelourd !! Your birthday feels like my birthday! I ❤️ YOU!! Here we go!!!" he wrote on Instagram.

This past February, Rydell wrote a sweet Valentine's Day tribute to his love on Instagram, alongside a photo of the two sharing a kiss in front of the sunset.

"I found the best girl in the world," the 28-year-old actor captioned his post. "Happy Valentines Day to us!! We're hangin with the redwoods today.💕 ❤️🔴🌲🌹🐿."


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Lourd shared her own loving post as well, writing alongside a slideshow of photos featuring the couple, "🌎💑🌏All 'round the world you make my world go 'round."

Lourd and Rydell, who first dated in early 2016 but later broke up, rekindled their romance in late 2017.

In December 2017, Rydell joined Lourd for a trip to Norway in honor of the one-year anniversary of the actress' mother's death. Fisher, who famously portrayed Princess/General Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise, died in 2016 at the age of 60.

Lourd, who is the daughter of Fisher and Bryan Lourd, has previously spoken about her childhood with the famous Star Wars actress.

"I grew up with three parents: a mom, a dad and Princess Leia," Lourd wrote in an essay for Time in November 2019. "I guess Princess Leia was kind of like my stepmom — technically family, but deep down I didn't really like her … When Leia was around, there wasn't as much room for my mom — for Carrie."

It wasn't until Lourd — who appears in the newer trilogy of films as a Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix, with her hair in two buns as a nod to Leia's signature hairstyle (and a young Leia in the most recent, The Rise of Skywalker) — finally sat down to watch the films as a middle-schooler that she came to realize why Leia was, in her words, so "cool."

"I realized then that Leia is more than just a character. She's a feeling. She is strength. She is grace. She is wit. She is femininity at its finest," Lourd wrote, adding, "And no one could have played her like my mother. Princess Leia is Carrie Fisher. Carrie Fisher is Princess Leia. The two go hand in hand."

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8-Year-Old Girl, Whose Famous Case Changed the Surrogacy Process, Dies Weeks After Her Birthday


The little girl whose story went viral because her surrogate mother refused to have an abortion has died just weeks after her eighth birthday.

On July 15, Seraphina Harrell died in the hospital after suffering a "combination of complications from a needed surgery and infection," according to her obituary.

Crystal Kelly, Seraphina's surrogate mother, made headlines in 2012 for turning down an abortion after finding out that the child had multiple severe birth defects at an ultrasound appointment halfway through her pregnancy, CNN reported.

The couple who hired Kelley offered her $10,000 to terminate the pregnancy, however, Kelley refused and moved from Connecticut to Michigan to become Seraphina's legal parent.

Kelley's decision to continue the pregnancy introduced an important conversation to the surrogacy industry, one that now makes sure that surrogates and couples agree on how to proceed with a pregnancy should the fetus show abnormalities.

"People heard about this case, and they got scared about skipping steps. That's good for the industry," Melissa Brisman, an attorney who specializes in surrogacy, told CNN.

She added: "What happened in this case is less likely to happen today. It could still happen, but it's less likely."

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Rene Harrell, Seraphina's adopted mother, told the outlet that the conflict surrounding Seraphina's birth was whether or not she'd have a "meaningful life" despite her special needs.

Seraphina was born with heterotaxy syndrome, which left many of her internal organs out of place, as well as a brain malformation called holoprosencephaly. She also had multiple heart defects and two non-working spleens.

Regardless of her physical disabilities, Harrell assured CNN "without hesitation" that Seraphina had a "very meaningful and happy life."

"What I heard over and over from so many of her doctors was they could never imagine that someone with Seraphina's level of need could do as well as she did or be as joyful as she was," Harrell added.

In her eight years, Seraphina formed close bonds with her seven older brothers and sisters and both of her parents, CNN reported.

Seraphina was the "centering part of our family," Harrell said. "She was our heart and soul."

"For the eight years she lived, she had a full life," her father, Thomas Harrell, added. "She had a lot of joy in her life and gave a lot of other people joy in ways that sometimes weren't expected."

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Chuck Wicks and Wife Kasi Reveal Struggle with Male Infertility — and Share a Son Is on the Way





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On March 25, Kasi underwent the embryo transfer as Chuck watched. "I see this incubator come in," he recalls, "and I just start sobbing because I knew inside that incubator was my little boy." Eight days later, Kasi and Chuck rejoiced when a home test showed a positive result. Two days after that, their fertility specialist confirmed the pregnancy.

Now, as they happily await the birth of their son, Chuck says he has come to terms with his medical condition. "It just happens," he says, "so that's the reassuring part." And as they've confided in family and friends over these past stressful months, they've discovered their issue is far more common than they'd imagined.

"We started hearing a lot of very similar stories that had successful outcomes," says Kasi, "so I think it gave us that hope that, okay, maybe this can work for us, too."

Having beaten the odds, both say they have found a blessing in their difficulties. "The fact that we had to go this route," Chuck says, "makes us realize even more how special having a child is."

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Everything Gigi Hadid and Her Family Members Have Said About Her Pregnancy

Model mom-to-be! Gigi Hadid confirmed that in April that she is expecting her and Zayn Malik’s first child and has been opening up about her pregnancy ever since.

“Gigi is pregnant and she and Zayn are so in love,” a source told Us Weekly exclusively at the time. “She’s always wanted to start a family with Zayn.”

Later that same month, another insider revealed, “Gigi has been telling her close friends and family about her pregnancy news and was trying to keep it low-key. She has been so grateful for all the well-wishes and congratulations she’s received. She’s so excited to be a mom and so happy to be pregnant and to be embarking on this new journey of motherhood, especially with Zayn by her side.”

As for Malik, 27, the former One Direction member “couldn’t be more thrilled.”

The couple’s baby news came three months after Us confirmed that they are dating again after previously calling it quits.

“They got back together very recently,” the insider shared with Us in January. “They have been trying to make it work for three months but it has been slow and steady.”

Hadid, 25, and the “Dusk Till Dawn” singer were first linked in November 2015. Following their first breakup nearly three years later, they briefly reunited before splitting again in January 2019. The model went on to date Bachelorette’s Tyler Cameron.

“I am excited for her,” the former reality star, 27, told ESPN West following his ex-girlfriend’s pregnancy reveal. “I am happy for her. She is going to be the most incredible mother. She’s a caring, sweet person and she’s going to be amazing.”

The general contractor went on to tell Us exclusively in May: “I’m stoked for her. … She comes from a great family, so I’m very excited for her.”

Keep scrolling to read what Hadid and her family members have said about the Los Angeles native’s pregnancy, from cravings to fashion shows.

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Pregnant WWE Star Becky Lynch Shares Ultrasound: 'Can't Wait to Start This Next Crazy Chapter'





The couple first found out they were expecting after Lynch went through a number of pregnancy tests in April, she told PEOPLE. Though the first one came back negative, the athlete followed her instincts and bought a digital test that confirmed what she suspected.

"I took the first one wrong," Lynch recalled. "Then I took a few more tests until I got a digital one that just said the word 'Pregnant.' I was with Seth at the time and he just threw his hands up in the air, all excited!"

Three days after the big announcement, Rollins posted a picture of his fiancée holding up the positive digital pregnancy test and captioned it, "I took this a few moments after we got the best news of our lives and I don't think I could have captured anything more beautiful. I can't put into words how much it means to me."

"Thank you all so much for your support over the last couple of days. The outpouring of love really has lifted us even higher than we've already been," continued the dad-to-be. "December can't come soon enough!"

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Tanner Tolbert Jokes He's Taking the 'Blame' for 'Surprise' Third Baby on the Way with Wife Jade




In their conversation with ET, the former reality stars say that Emmy "had no idea" what to expect when Jade was pregnant with Brooks, but "she gets it now. She gets that there is another kid coming."

"She is so sweet with him. I feel like they are great," she says of her daughter's relationship with her baby brother, Brooks. "She loves to make him laugh and he lives for it. He absolutely adores her, and she likes being the center of attention, so that's great for her."

Tanner told the outlet he has "a strong feeling" that baby No. 3 will complete their family — but "never say never, of course, as we have learned."

"When we first got married, we put it out in the universe that we wanted four children, so who knows," Jade added. "This might be totally out of our control. But I think three is a really good number.

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America Ferrera Opens Up to Katie Lowes About Anxiety She Felt Towards End of Second Pregnancy



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Adds the actress, "For me, I could feel my heart rate, my anxiety, my blood pressure go up. And also not being able to close my eyes and go to sleep at night because I'm sitting there with all these news stories swirling in my head and just realizing very early on I had to be very disciplined about what I let in because it just doesn't serve you. Especially in a time where you just don't need that added stress when you're pregnant."

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star announced the birth of her second child, daughter Lucia Marisol, on Instagram for Mother's Day.

"LUCIA MARISOL WILLIAMS arrived on May 4th to give me my Mother's Day hugs and kisses herself. Mama, Dada & Big Brother are over the moon to welcome her bright light to our family," Ferrera wrote along with a photo of her newborn's tiny hand.

The star and her husband Ryan Piers Williams are also parents to son Sebastian, a.k.a. Baz, who turns 2 on Monday.

"The most exquisite little creature graced us with her presence on May 4, 2020. Please meet the newest member of our family, Lucia Marisol Williams. She came just in time for Mother's Day. Everyone is healthy and happy!" Williams, 39, wrote on Instagram.

Now, as a mother of two, Ferrera says her outlook on body image has shifted — for the better.

"I've struggled with body image my whole life," she says. "I feel like I've gotten to such a place, like f— that s—. What a waste of time and energy. F— the patriarchy and f— what my body is supposed to look like and also, f— you even more when I just brought life into the world and then my body is supposed to look like something. F— all of it."

Ferrera adds, "I was so in that place, that like post-baby [place], I didn't really struggle with it because I was just like, 'I f—ing dare someone to tell me to lose weight!' "

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Speaking with PEOPLE, Lowes, 38, says she's grateful the third season of Katie's Crib is being released during this time — a time where everyone could all use a little support.

"I feel so lucky to have the guests we've had, whether they be experts or mom friends who are going through the same thing," says the Scandal actress, who shares 2½-year-old son Albee with husband Adam Shapiro.

"It's just very helpful in this time. I talked to America five days before she gave birth to her daughter," says the actress. "There are a lot of pregnant women who are not only going through the anxieties and fears of childbirth, you had a global pandemic on top of it. The anxiety is there."

"It's a very open, honest talk," Lowes adds of the third season. "We have amazing guests and I just feel really proud of the work and really proud of the Katie's Crib community that we've built. I hope it provides moms … feel less alone [and] get a little bit of advice should they need it and at the very least or most, they laugh."

Continues Lowes, "I just feel like it's really important to find joy and laugh at yourself, your kid and your family because at the end of the day we're just covered in pee, poop and spit-up. The whole ride is wild!"

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Pregnant Hilaria Baldwin Takes 'Baths Morning and Night' to Help with Feeling 'Overwhelmed'

Hilaria Baldwin might be a busy mom of four, juggling parenting and homeschooling her children amid the coronavirus pandemic as they continue to social distance together, but she still finds the time for self-care.

In a video for Verizon Media/Yahoo's "Reset Your Mindset" virtual event, the fitness instructor and Mom Brain podcast co-host, 36, reveals a few of the ways she is "spending 'me time' " during the crisis.

"I close myself off in my bathroom and I love to exercise and do breath work," she says. "I take baths morning and night — that really, really helps me."

Of course, sometimes she is joined by her "little people" — sons Romeo Alejandro David, 2, Leonardo Ángel Charles, 3½, and Rafael Thomas, 5 next month, plus daughter Carmen Gabriela, 6½ — but she doesn't mind, and just appreciates "the warm water on [her] skin."

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Hilaria, who is sheltering in place with husband Alec Baldwin and their kids while pregnant with their fifth child together, says that when she's having a tough time mentally, "I always think about how much worse it could be."

"How much worse it could be all of a sudden makes my situation seem not as bad, and with that, it pulls me up a little bit," shares The Living Clearly Method author, "and allows me to have a lightness and a strength to be able to attack my problem."

But she certainly has her moments when she just needs to let it out, too. "I cried the other morning, and it was over a bunch of really silly little things," Hilaria recalls. "And I don't typically do that, and my kids were [taken aback]."

"I wasn't freaking out on them — I just had tears," she clarifies, laughing. "There were just tears because I was so overwhelmed."

Hilaria — who suffered a miscarriage last April and another at four months along in November, while expecting a baby girl — recently chatted with PEOPLE about how she and her family are looking at the big picture amid the global health crisis.

"Alec and I were complaining about it a week or so ago and Carmen was asking about it and I said, 'Carmen, nobody wants to be doing this right now. It's frustrating for us all to have to stop our normal lives,' " she said in late March. "And she's like, 'I don't know what you guys are talking about, I love this. I love spending time with you. All I want to do is spend time with Mommy and Daddy and my brothers.' "

"And it kind of stopped us in our tracks and our mouths were open and we were like, 'Okay, let's go with that mentality, because that sounds so much better than complaining, which is what we've been doing!' " Hilaria added.

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Meet David and Charisse, the Couple Navigating Disability and Pregnancy on Courteney Cox Series


David and Charisse Hogan Shumate have a beautiful son, 2-month-old Jessie, but their journey to (and through) pregnancy wasn't an easy one.

The story of David and Charisse, who has cerebral palsy and ataxia, is documented in the second season of 9 Months with Courteney Cox, a Facebook Watch series. The show, hosted by actress Courteney Cox, focuses on couples like the Shumates who have endured a variety of fertility struggles and subsequent successes.

"I think the main reason for both of us wanting to share our story on the show was because [Charisse] has cerebral palsy and ataxia, and we wanted to share our personal challenges and struggles on her end," David tells PEOPLE. "We just wanted people to know what it's like to have a disability while being pregnant."

Charisse, who documents her life with cerebral palsy through her own social media pages, adds that they hoped appearing on 9 Months would help to dispel viewers’ preconceived notions about disabilities.

"There's a misunderstanding with that too," Charisse says. "Some adults even think that people with cerebral palsy can't get pregnant."

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Throughout the series, which is self-shot by the couples, David and Charisse endure their own unique struggles, including David's frequent traveling for work and Charisse's increased pain during pregnancy.

Once Jessie was born, however, the new mom says it was "a dream come true."

"I was happy and overjoyed," Charisse shares. "In the past, even though I always wanted to be a mom, I didn't know that would happen to me. So it really was a dream come true."

"I couldn't stop smiling — I had this huge smile plastered across my face and it was stuck there for at least a good 10 minutes if not more," David adds of the moment their son was born. "I was so full of joy."

Cox, who suffered from "quite a few" miscarriages before conceiving her now-15-year-old daughter Coco through in vitro fertilization (IVF), says she was drawn to the show because of how "raw and intimate" it is in telling the stories.

"I wanted to get involved because I've never seen a show about pregnancy that was as real, raw and intimate as the concept of 9 Months," says the actress, 55. "It's self-shot so there's nothing sensationalized in any way, and people expose their most intimate details and share it with the world."

"I think that pregnancy is one of the most incredible moments in anyone's life but it can also be scary and unpredictable," Cox adds. "9 Months showcases the many faces of pregnancy, and I hope that it enlightens and entertains the audience."

The first episode of 9 Months with Courteney Cox season 2 is streaming now on Facebook Watch. New episodes air Sundays and Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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