Yet Another Surprise Celebrity Baby: Elizabeth Banks Becomes a Mama

Elizabeth Banks — on whom my husband has a not-very-well-disguised crush (funny how us wives can pick up on subtle signs, like bucketfuls of drool streaming from the mouth when certain women appear on-screen) — and her hushand Max Handelman have welcomed son Felix via gestational surrogate, Elizabeth Tweeted earlier today.

Even a smarty-pants such as myself has to admit this is actually a touching story:

“I have been very fortunate in life both professionally and personally,” Elizabeth, 37, wrote on her blog.

“The one true hurdle I’ve faced in life is that I have a broken belly. After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy.”

“From that came two miracles,” she continues. “The first was meeting our carrier and her husband who were truly humbling in their decency and generosity. And the second miracle was the birth of our baby boy, Felix Handelman. Felix means ‘happy’ and ‘lucky’ in Latin. And true to his name, Felix is a very happy baby and a blessing on our life.”

Awwww.  And get this:  Elizabeth and her husband, who got married in 2003, met on her first day of college back in 1992.  A love that’s endured competitive games of Beer Pong and the Freshman 15… that is true love, indeed.

Congrats, you crazy kids!

Clear the Air with the Sweet Dreams Nursery Contest and Sweepstakes

It’s time to clear the air — for your baby, that is — with the Sweet Dreams Nursery Contest and Sweepstakes.  To win a prize package containing products to promote a healthy and comfortable nursery, such as air purifiers, humidifiers, steam cleaners and more (grand prize valued at $2,800), just submit a photo of your nursery and write a short blurb (less than 150 words) on the Sylvane contest page explaining why a healthy indoor living environment is important to you and your baby.

The contest runs until May 8, 2011.

Cats Reacting to Childbirth [SLIDE SHOW]

It has been suggested to me that I find productive, meaningful ways to pass the time on bed rest — and I’m proud to report that I sunk my teeth into one such life-changing project:  A slideshow I’ve put together of CATS REACTING TO THE MIRACULOUS SIGHT OF CHILDBIRTH.  Captions underneath.

A Nobel Peace Prize in my honor can’t be far behind.