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Curtis Stone on Hudson’s Refined Palate: ‘He’s a Good Eater!’

Published July 16, 2014 by gossipzoo

Curtis Stone Top Chef Masters Son Hudson

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Curtis Stone‘s son Hudson is growing right up. Like most 20-month-olds, he’s walking, talking and playing. When it comes to eating, though, Hudson’s palate is rather refined for his age.

“He’s a good eater! We’ve introduced him to all kinds of food. His mum [Lindsay Price]’s a great cook, and she does just as much of the cooking as I do for him,” the Top Chef Masters host tells PEOPLE.

“There’s really nothing that he doesn’t love. He loves omelettes – anything with eggs in it. And all sorts of protein. He loves crab. He likes pasta, he likes lentils. He had a nice big steak the other night. You know, he’s chompin’ away, which is good to see.”

Stone also says that Hudson is a helper, whether it’s cooking breakfast in the kitchen or picking strawberries in the garden. But that doesn’t mean his dreams for Hudson are strictly in cuisine.

“Of course we all think we have the one genius child or the next football [star] – I think he’s going to be a soccer star,” the proud dad, 37, says. “Watching him kick a little ball around and learn and develop is just so beautiful.”

Also an author, Stone released his latest cookbook, What’s for Dinner?, in April and will be showing off some of his new recipes in Las Vegas this weekend at the Venetian and the Palazzo’s second annual Italian-themed Carnavale festival.

“I’m really focusing on the best of the seasons,” Stone says of the menu he’s prepared. “It’s comfort food but with a mix of sophistication.”

The chef won’t be traveling alone, though – Stone will be joined by his new wife, 36, and Hudson. As for what he’s most excited about by visiting Sin City, there are two things: First, “it’s actually really special just to be able to cook someone a beautiful dinner and come out and meet them and talk about it and all that sort of stuff,” he says.

But it’s not all work and no play for this family man. “We’re going to hit the pool and catch some sun. Have a couple of cocktails and relax a little.”

– Jeff Nelson

Kerri Walsh Jennings Poses Nude While Pregnant – and with Baby

Published June 19, 2014 by gossipzoo

When you compete on a worldwide stage in the skimpiest of bathing suits, how shy can you be?

For beach volleyball Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, the answer came crashingly clear just before her second of two nude photo shoots for ESPN The Magazine.

The first time she stripped down while pregnant; the second was a follow-up session posing in the altogether with her new baby last month, about nine weeks after giving birth.

“Driving there I was sweating bullets,” says Walsh Jennings, 34. “I was really, really nervous. I felt exposed, not just physically, but with all of my insecurities.”

The side-by-side results appear in the magazine’s fifth annual Body Issue, on newsstands Friday, along with nude photos of male and female athletes. The sports range from pro football to golf to tennis.

“When I was offered this opportunity it wasn’t an automatic yes. I had to think about it. I’m my parents’ daughter. I have my husband,” she said. “When I came down to it, I had the opportunity to do something uncomfortable. I think that’s an important part of life. It’s something new. I looked at it as a challenge.”

Jenna von Oy Happy Birthday Gray

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Walsh Jennings says she gained 36 lbs. on her 6 , 2″ frame while pregnant with her third child, daughter Scout Margery. She’s lost most of it, but is trying for 12 lbs. more.

“I have been working my butt off literally every single day,” she says, preparing for her first post-baby tournament in Switzerland later this month. “I’ve come a long way from April when I had my baby. But I’m definitely not where I would normally be going into my first tournament of the season.”

She’ll also have to adjust to competing without longtime partner Misty May-Treanor, who retired after the pair won their third gold at the London Olympics. After joining interim partner Whitney Pavlik in Switzerland and later in Long Beach, she’ll team with new partner April Ross.

Which means the next few weeks will bring one more temporary tinge of self-consciousness. “Before I get my tan,” she says, “I feel naked.”

– Mike Fleeman

Samantha Harris: Why I Write Journals for My Daughters

Published June 19, 2014 by gossipzoo

Samantha Harris P&G

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With her eldest daughter, 5 -year-old Josselyn Sydney, starting kindergarten in the fall, Samantha Harris is more aware than ever how quickly time is flying.

“It was just yesterday that she was a toddler like our little one,” Harris, also mom to Hillary Madison, 2 , tells PEOPLE. “I was just playing with these magnet dolls with [Hillary] and it’s so cute listening to her talk and how she phrases everything. I know that the cute little phrases she has today are going to be gone tomorrow. You have to cherish each of those moments.”

That realization is what led Harris to partner with P&G everyday, a one-stop website with simple tips on everything from cooking to beauty to helping moms spend less time getting things done, and more time being mom.

“It’s hard in our busy, busy life, especially as a working mom and as moms in general. It’s hard to take a breather and spend that quality time [with your kids], which is essential,” Harris, 39, says.

To chronicle those special moments in her own family’s lives, Harris and her husband, Michael Hess, write journals to their daughters, recalling funny stories, the day they happened and how old each girl was when the moment occurred.

“My goal is to keep those going until they turn 18 and – when each of them have their 18th birthday – present it to them,” she says, adding that the homemade quality of the journals is important to her.

“I think that there’s something to be said about having the ability to see your parents’ writing,” Harris says. “I lost my dad when I was 22 and he was just 50, and I realize truly how precious the time is, so anytime I come across a birthday card with his writing, I hold it dear.”

And how does Harris ensure the journals are filled with lasting memories? By taking Josselyn on special field trips.

“I called it Mommy Camp,” she says. “We would pick a new destination every day. We went to the observatory in L.A. We have a membership to the L.A. Zoo. We’ll go there a bunch of different times and tackle different areas of it.”

“So there’s a petting zoo we’ll spend a lot of time in one day,” she continues. “Another day, we watch the elephants go through their morning cleaning and training. We went to the art museum, the tar pits, the beach. It’s lots of special time.”

As Hillary gets older, she’ll also be joining Mom and her big sister on these trips, a milestone Harris can’t wait for. “Having my two little ones has just made my life so much fuller,” she says.

– Kiran Hefa

Jenna von Oy’s Blog: Having Our Cake (and Eating It, Too)

Published May 21, 2014 by gossipzoo

Celebrity blogger Jenna von Oy is a new mama!

Best known for her roles as Six on Blossom and Stevie on The Parkers, von Oy is also a musician who has released two albums and is set to publish a book, The Betweeners.

von Oy, 36, wed Brad Bratcher on Oct. 10, 2010, and resides in Nashville with her husband and five dogs.

They welcomed their first child, daughter Gray Audrey, last May. She is now 13 months old.

You can find her on Facebook and Twitter @JennavonOy, as well as posting on her weekly blog, The Cradle Chronicles.

In her latest blog, von Oy recounts her extremely busy month of May – mom and daughter birthdays, Mother’s Day and more!

Jenna von Oy Happy Birthday Gray

Gray and I on her birthday – The Cradle Chronicles

Last month boasted some really honorable (and/or margarita-friendly) holidays such as May Day, Memorial Day, and Cinco de Mayo. According to a few sites I found online, which may or may not be reliable, it was also host to some wacky and less recognized celebrations such as Save The Rhino Day (May 1st), Lumpy Rug Day (May 2nd), National Candied Orange Peel Day (May 4th), and National Sea Monkey Day (May 16th). No, really. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do justice to the endless jokes on that one.

Regardless, whether universally acknowledged or not, there are some pretty momentous occasions in the month of May … my new favorite being Mother’s Day, of course! Why am I talking about this in June, you ask? Has baby brain kicked in, yet again, a year after my daughter’s birth? For the record, I think the baby brain has settled in and won’t be leaving anytime soon; it is definitely a houseguest that has overstayed its welcome.

Nonetheless, I bring up last month’s festivities to segue into all of the fun events we enjoyed in our humble abode before June made its hot and humid appearance. I realize they may not all be notable on a national level, and may not carry quite as much weight for those outside of our inner circle, but I hope you will appreciate hearing about them anyway. They made four short weeks turn into one heck of a month for my family and me! It is neat to think I have a lifetime of celebratory May dates to look forward to, which will forever benchmark my intensely beautiful (and still relatively new) role as a mommy.

In order of appearance…

My Birthday (May 2nd)

On the morning of May 2nd, I woke up thanking my lucky stars that I got to sleep in this year. That may sound like an obvious enough miracle for those of you who have early-rising tots, but it’s even more of a relief when you know what has transpired for my last few birthdays. Over the past several years, May 2nd seems to have brought some chaotic and confounding adventures along with it.

In 2010, for example, massive rains hit Nashville and a state of emergency was declared. I awoke to my husband gently touching my arm and saying, “Honey, I hate to wake you up this early, but…” Thinking I was in for some sort of fabulous, note-worthy birthday surprise, I leapt out of bed. Big mistake. I hopped down into ankle-deep water, which covered the floor of our bedroom. We spent the day moving all of our soggy belongings to higher ground, tearing out our ruined carpet, siphoning water, arranging temporary sleeping accommodations on our living room floor, and feeling incredibly blessed that we only lost a rug (and perhaps a little of our sanity) in the crazy ordeal. Sadly, we had friends who lost their homes that day, and the road to recovery here in Nashville was a lengthy one.

In 2011, my turning 34 coincided with the death of a certain notorious worldwide terrorist. If the first name that popped into your head was Voldemort, I encourage you to put down your summer reading and catch up on a little news instead. The guy I’m referring to hailed from the Middle East, and we’ll leave it at that. Enough said.

In 2012, my 35th birthday was marked by unseasonably warm weather. Since I was only three weeks from giving birth, I spent my day feeling much like a cross between a beached whale and a menopausal chimpanzee, if there is such a thing. I couldn’t have mustered the strength to blow out a birthday candle unless I’d also managed to beam in an industrial fan. Or five.

So all of that said, I looked toward my 36th birthday with some apprehension and fascination. What on earth would I wake up to this year? What indelible memory would the universe bestow upon me? Thankfully, the answer is a perfect one: I woke up to my daughter’s breathtaking and toothy grin, and I whiled away the morning hours by cuddling with my sweet baby girl and our puppies.

To top it all off, I found gifts lined up on our coffee table, alongside a note from my amazing husband (who was at his office across town), letting me know to reserve my Sunday afternoon for some special plans. Gifts wrapped and at the ready? Special weekend plans? Who is this guy and what has he done with my anti-organizing husband?! I jest, but you have to understand that my hubby is typically not what you would refer to as a planner. He is interminably kind and attentive, but forethought and in depth preparation aren’t really his forte. Unless, of course, it involves power tools and a few trips to the mecca of all things man … Home Depot.

I’m the type-A, calendar-keeping, note-taking (read: micro-managing and overly particular) one of the two of us. If there are birthday secrets to be conjured up, detailed, and executed, rest assured I’m the one in charge of them. So, needless to say, discovering a cache of thoughtfully chosen and exquisitely bundled packages really moved me. It was an unforeseen gesture that made my heart happy. Who knew there was such a stealthy, present-proffering ninja in my midst?

Brad and Gray drove me to a spa here in Nashville that following Sunday, and treated me to a manicure, pedicure, and massage. Seriously – and I can’t stress my enthusiasm enough – I got to have a massage and get my nails done!!!! I can’t remember the last time I felt so pampered. I was totally blown away, as I certainly never expected or suspected such extravagant plans. But credit where credit is due – my husband truly went out of his way to make me feel honored this year, and I think that deserves some appreciation and recognition. Forgive my excessive “bragging” about it, but I figure I spend enough time blogging at Brad’s expense. Singing his praises is a lovely idea once in a while, especially since Father’s Day is this month.


Getting back to my birthday, my day didn’t end there. Even more treasured than all of the wonderful spa treatments, was the opportunity to go to dinner with Brad and Gray at the end of it all. Spending quality family time together was exactly what I needed. My cup runneth over.

Jenna von Oy Happy Birthday Gray

Happy First Birthday, Gray! – The Cradle Chronicles

Mother’s Day (May 10th)

As if my birthday weren’t memorable enough, Mother’s Day was absolute perfection. I knew something was going down when Brad and Gray disappeared to our basement that afternoon, but I thought they were surprising me by folding the gargantuan pile of laundry that had been calling my name for days. (A girl can dream, can’t she?) What I received was so much better than that!

When they finally came back upstairs, I turned to see the happiest, paint-smeared face in all of Nashville (for the record, the face belonged to my daughter, not to my husband). Gray had made her first painting for me! She actually had to give it to me a bit early, because the art project made her look like the newest and youngest member of the Blue Man Group – minus the bald head – and my husband knew there was no way to clean her up without my noticing. Fortunately, Brad also knew to remove her nice clothes before wild paint splattering ensued, and he used non-toxic, kid-friendly paints. Extra credit points for Superdad!!

And you know how I mentioned my husband isn’t a planner? He proved me wrong again on Mother’s Day. He made me breakfast and then presented me with the most stunning keepsake… He quite literally saved time in a bottle, by filling a glass jar with dirt from the place where we exchanged our marriage vows in 2010! Since we held our wedding in my Connecticut hometown, at a bed andbreakfast owned by two of my former teachers, Brad called and had them ship a vial of soil from the very spot in the garden where we’d said “I do.”

I’ve never been so touched in my life. In fact, if we’re being candid, I was a blubbering mess. If this puts it into perspective, I didn’t even cry that much while watching The Notebook. Brad thanked me for being mommy to our daughter, and said he wanted to remind me of the pivotal and precious celebration that lead us to her. I was floored by the sentimentality and heart that he and Gray put into the gifts they gave me. God has truly blessed me by allowing me to spend my life with the two of them. Talk about extraordinary and profound gifts!

Jenna von Oy Happy Birthday Gray

Happy Mommy’s Day! – The Cradle Chronicles

Gray’s Birthday Party (May 18th)

Brad and I wanted to celebrate Gray’s first birthday in style, but we weren’t keen on overdoing the festivities. I’m always a little stunned when parents throw extravagant, lavish parties for a baby. A backyard Ferris wheel and three-ring circus are just a tad over the top in my world! I mean, is my one-year old really going to remember that when she’s 25? I wouldn’t imagine so. I don’t need Gray to be able to brag about elephant rides and a chocolate fondue bar; I just need her to remember that she was surrounded by love and affection. That said, to each their own. I don’t begrudge you the opportunity to throw an over-the-top fiesta for your baby if you so choose. If you want a life-sized Elmo pi ata filled with Disneyland tickets, more power to you!

We opted for a laid-back, intimate, at-home gathering, and it was truly a family affair. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law, as well as Gray’s cousin, were able to drive in for the party. Not only that, my mom and sister flew in from the East and West coasts, respectively! It was very meaningful for us to have everyone there to share such an important day in our daughter’s life. We invited a few close friends and their children too, so Gray had some of her playmates to celebrate with. Though we requested that folks skip the gifts and just bring their friendship, our little girl was showered with beautiful tokens of people’s fondness for her. I guess no one can pass up the chance to make a one year-old smile. (I don’t blame them – I know I certainly can’t!)

And people went above and beyond with their spirit of giving. Since music is already proving to be one of Gray’s passions, my sister and her husband presented Gray with the coolest gift ever – a mini baby grand piano!! I guess Godparents are allowed to spoil their Godchildren rotten, but … I’m telling you I’m envious of this thing. It’s truly awesome! Gray plunks away on it on a nightly basis now; I swear she’ll be composing her own tunes before long. The apple doesn’t fall far from the proverbial tree where music is concerned, I guess!

And what would a birthday girl be without having her cake and eating it too? As it should be, we wanted to allow Gray to indulge just a little bit on her special day. Every baby book deserves the obligatory “baby slathers her face with frosting” shot, am I right? Our dear friend, Brad (not to be confused with my husband, Brad), provided us with the opportunity to let Gray taste her first cupcake, and we are unbelievably grateful for his sweet – pun very much intended – gift. Brad is the kick butt manager at Gigi’s Cupcakes here in Nashville, and he brought over magnificent and tasty little treats for everyone. Which translates to: I ate my weight in sugar that day!

Gray was significantly daintier than I was about her cupcake consumption. I expected her to grab the whole darn pastry and stuff it into her mouth, but evidently she had other methods to the madness. She picked apart the cupcake (in true and inherited meticulous fashion), and carefully tasted one little piece at a time. She then proceeded to shove a large piece into my mouth. After a minute or so, she pointed at the gorgeous French cheeses I’d set out for the adults, and opted to feast on those instead. Ahh … a girl after my own heart, opinionated ways, and taste buds!

Jenna von Oy Happy Birthday Gray

Gray feeding me cupcake – The Cradle Chronicles

Gray’s Actual Birthday (May 21st)

On Gray’s actual birthday, we attempted to take her to the zoo for the first time. She is such an animal lover, we just knew she would have a blast. Unfortunately, our day began with a blast of rain instead. Mother nature threw Gray an impromptu surprise party by dumping a huge wind and thunderstorm on us about three minutes after we got through the park gates. So much for trusting the weather app on my cell phone, which mockingly predicted a day of sun and 80-degree weather, even as we huddled under the quickest shelter we could find and cursed our lack of an umbrella.

As soon as the skies darkened, the zoo saw a mass exodus. No joke, the place cleared out like there’d been an Anthrax scare. It was the Indy 500 of strollers and baby buggies as parents rushed their kids out to the parking lot, which was a barren wasteland in no time flat. If we hadn’t been downwind of the giraffe poop, I might’ve thought we smelled or something. So why weren’t we following all of our fellow parental leaders? Because we took the impending downpour as a personal challenge. Well, and because we are a little nuts. We’d just bought our tickets, for Pete’s sake! Our kid wasn’t going home without seeing some lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! We fearlessly fought the urge to hightail it outta there, and forged on… albeit through many a puddle. Our clothes were dampened, but our spirits most certainly were not.

The irony is, the deluge probably made for a better experience. Since no one was in the park any longer, we had the animals to ourselves. Or did we? Evidently the staff puts them all up when a storm blows in. Really, people? They are … wait for it … animals! Aren’t they supposed to be outside wildly roaming around in the elements? You know, survival of the fittest and all that jazz? But logic didn’t apply in this scenario, and away went Mr. Giraffe, for fear he would slip on the pavement and break his neck. (I’m not making that up to be morbid. That’s actually what they told us.) Mrs. Tiger could be seen in the far distance, pacing behind mesh bars and wishing she was closer to her appetizers (a.k.a, us), and Monsieur and Mademoiselle Monkey were nowhere to be found (off throwing poop behind closed doors, I imagine).

Alas, our trip seemed like a bust. We went to lunch, figuring at least we spent a lot of money on zoo tickets so that we could eat “Safari Mac & Cheese” and drink “Jungle Apple Juice.” Good times. Lo’ and behold, the sun decided to make an appearance not long after we finished our meal. I’ve never seen a more excited little girl! And I guess Gray was pretty excited too. We strolled around for hours, with nary another patron in site. All of the animals graced us with their presence, and we wound up with a fantastic zoo day on our hands!

Jenna von Oy Happy Birthday Gray

Gray admiring the elephants – The Cradle Chronicles

That evening, my mom was kind enough to babysit Gray while Brad and I went out to celebrate one year of parenting, which I think we”ll have to make a tradition of. It was some much-needed alone time and adult conversation, and we even stayed long enough to have dessert before we missed our birthday girl too much to stick around.

What an eventful month we had, huh? June is sleepy in comparison, but it’s a nice follow-up for such a hectic and jam-packed May. In fact, June has graced me with the time to sit and enjoy reading all of the giveaway entries from last month’s blog. Yes, I really did read every last one of them – several hundred in total! I was astonished and thrilled by how many of you entered to win the gift basket that Celebrity Chitt so generously put together on behalf of Gray’s first birthday.

Not only that, I could have written this entire post about how incredible your stories were. I smiled; I laughed; I even ugly-cried. My emotions ran so rampant I think my husband thought I was having a nervous breakdown! I was especially touched by how many of you sent me photos of your little ones, shared your compelling stories, and opened your hearts up to give me a glimpse inside. You are all inspiring and incredible parents! It warmed my heart to feel all of that mommy-baby love and bonding through all of you.

It also means a lot that so many of you have taken the time to read my Cradle Chronicles blog, and that you are moved to offer such high praise. We are all in this together, so your supportive words were a huge encouragement for me. Who knows, I just might be working on a book about my motherhood adventures for all of you as well … stay tuned for more on that!

So here it is – what you’ve all been on pins and needles to find out… (And after reading this lengthy post, kudos to you for even getting this far!) Drumroll please …

The winner of the ‘Happy Birthday, Gray!’ giveaway contest is Caitlin, from Newington, Conn., whose husband wrote in to tell me why his wife deserves to win the basket of goodies! Enjoy your fabulous gifts … if you think winning the basket is something special, wait until you take your first look at that beautiful child you have on the way!!

Jenna von Oy Happy Birthday Gray

My lil’ family – The Cradle Chronicles

Until next time,

– Jenna von Oy

More from Jenna’s PEOPLE.com blog series:

  • Jenna von Oy’s Blog: Happy Birthday to My Sweet Gray
  • Jenna von Oy’s Blog: Never Far From Neverland
  • Jenna voy Oy’s Blog: Cruisin’ and Bruisin’ and Cryin’ Oh My

Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Why I’d Rather Be Pregnant in Bikini Photos

Published April 21, 2014 by gossipzoo

Jamie-Lynn Sigler Pregnant Bikini

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When mom-to-be Jamie-Lynn Sigler met her fianc Cutter Dykstra in steamy Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week, she didn’t think twice about slipping into a bikini.

Nor did she give much thought to being photographed in it.

“I would probably not be caught in a bikini otherwise, but when you’re pregnant, it is what it is!” she told PEOPLE at her baby shower (benefitting children’s charity Baby Buggy) in New York City Wednesday. “However your body’s carrying is how your body’s carrying.”

The actress, 32, met her fianc , a minor league baseball player, down south while he was there for a game, and says that due to his travel schedule, the couple will probably opt for a staycation, rather than a babymoon before their son’s August arrival.

Meanwhile, as her pregnancy progresses, the process is becoming more exciting for the first-time dad, 23.

“I think as he feels him move and kick it becomes more real,” says Sigler. “We have a couple of [baby] names we’re toying with. We’ll call him one name one week and one name another week. I think we have our favorite, but you never know. We could change our minds when we meet him.”

At the shower – held at Sugar and Plumm on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and the sponsored by Britax/BOB, Hanky Panky, cloud b and Serena & Lily – Sigler and her family and friends dined on salads, veggies, chicken, fries and sliders and an impressive dessert selection. On the menu? The “Earthquake in a Fishbowl:” heaven/hell cake, cheesecake, key lime pie, Brooklyn blackout cake, butterscotch pudding and vanilla, chocolate and salted caramel ice cream.

A.K.A. any pregnant woman’s dream.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler Pregnant Bikini

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As she counts down to her due date, Sigler (who says she’s still feeling good and even wore cute heels to her shower – “I’ll make do for certain occasions,” she jokes) says she’s got good friends to rely on for advice.

Pals Beverley Mitchell, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Joanna Garcia Swisher have all recently welcomed daughters.

“My best girlfriend Joanna just had her baby a couple weeks ago and she talked me through her entire [birth] so I know everything that happened – the good, the bad, the ugly and so I’ve got all the pointers,” she says. “She’ll probably be there when I give birth so it’s been nice to have her go through it and get to experience it with her.”

And her son will be one lucky little guy to have so many playmates close in age. Jokes Sigler: “Most of them are little girls so he’ll be like the little prince with his harem!”

– Rennie Dyball

Inside Snooki’s Son Lorenzo’s First Birthday Bash

Published March 7, 2014 by gossipzoo

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: welcome to Lorenzo Dominic‘s birthday bash!

On Saturday, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and her fianc Jionni LaValle invited close family and friends – including a few familiar faces from Jersey Shore – to join them under the big top to celebrate their son’s first birthday in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Centered around a circus theme, the fun f te offered up an assortment of traditional carnival treats including hot dogs and hamburgers, which guests noshed on in between palling around with furry friends from the Farm To You Revue petting zoo.

“I chose the circus theme because I feel it fits best for throwing a huge first birthday bash – you can have animals, games and prizes!” Polizzi, 25, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Snooki Lorenzo Birthday Party

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Safe in Mom’s arms, little Lorenzo spent time eying a white pony named Cupcake before moving on to an assortment of llamas, bunnies, turtles, goats and chickens.

The birthday boy blew out his candle on a colorful two-tiered butter cream and fudge cake from Sorrento’s Bakery, featuring a circus tent and other edible animals.

“I cry at every milestone he does and I’m definitely going to cry when we all sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him,” the Dancing With the Stars contestant shares. “He’s my baby, my pride and joy, and I’m so proud of him turning one.”

Snooki Lorenzo Birthday Party

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And while he may have enjoyed his sweet treat, Polizzi admits Lorenzo – who took his first steps just shy of his Aug. 26 birthday – is used to taste testing a variety of foods. “Lorenzo loves everything!” she says. “He eats meat, cake, fruit, ice cream – he loves it all.”

Among his pile of presents were a few gifts from Mom and Dad, including “a ball pit, learning games and clothes.” Polizzi adds, “I love educational toys for him to play with.”

But her baby boy isn’t the only one who has grown up over the past year. “My whole perception of life has changed ever since I had my son,” Polizzi explains. “I finally grew up into the woman my parents always knew I would be and I love it.”

Snooki Lorenzo Birthday Party

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– Anya Leon with reporting by Aaron Parsley

Tiffani Thiessen Is ‘Sad’ the Baby Stage Is Over

Published January 14, 2014 by gossipzoo

Tiffani Thiessen Sad Baby Stage Is Over

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They say growing up is hard to do. But when it comes to kids, White Collar‘s Tiffani Thiessen thinks it’s even harder on the parents.

“There’s nothing baby about that kid anymore – which is hard!” Thiessen told PEOPLE of her 3-year-old preschooler Harper Renn at Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins interactive Doc Mobile visit on Wednesday in New York City.

“It’s sad at the same time because the baby stage is definitely over.”

While her daughter skipped the infamous terrible twos, Thiessen, 39, says, “She’s definitely hit the independent stage: she’s a rumble-tumble. She loves putting bows on, but she loves to climb.”

The most surprising thing little Harper’s doing all by herself: water sports. “She’s fully swimming across our pool! No floaties, no nothing – it’s crazy,” Thiessen says, adding she or actor husband Brady Smith are always on hand with a watchful eye.

As for Harper’s go-to swimming hole? Aside from their own pool, “We were just in the Hamptons. She loves the beach,” Thiessen shares.

– Jeff Nelson

French Stewart Welcomes Daughter Helene Claire

Published December 7, 2013 by gossipzoo

French Stewart Welcomes Daughter Helene Claire

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He may be starring in the new series Mom this fall, but French Stewart is all about dad – because he is one!

The actor and his wife Vanessa, an actress, welcomed daughter Helene Claire at 7 a.m. on Friday, June 28 in West Hollywood, Calif., Stewart’s rep confirms to PEOPLE.

“She was born six weeks early and could be held in the palm of your hand,” the proud papa, 49, tells PEOPLE.

The couple turned to their families for a bit of inspiration when choosing a name for their first child, paying tribute to both baby girl’s paternal and maternal sides.

“We named her after my lovely mother. My sister is also a Helene,” Stewart shares. “There are five wonderful Claires in Vanessa’s family so the tradition of it is very special for us.”

Despite her early arrival, baby Helene couldn’t have made her big debut at a better time. Stewart, who is also known for his former role on 3rd Rock From the Sun, admits his schedule lends to an easy balance between filming and family life.

“In the daytime I work on a special new show [Mom] with wonderful people. And at night I have new adventures with Vanessa and Helene,” he says of the new series, which premieres Sept. 23 on CBS.

“To tell you the truth, [the show] came at just the right time because my wife just had a baby a month ago. She’s in my pocket right now,” Stewart told PEOPLE at the Television Critics Association panel.

– Anya Leon with reporting by Patrick Gomez

Marsha Thomason Welcomes Daughter Tallulah Anaïs

Published September 21, 2013 by gossipzoo

Marsha Thomason Welcomes Daughter Tallulah

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Marsha Thomason is a mom!

The White Collar star, 37, and her husband Craig Sykes welcomed their first child together on Wednesday, June 12, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Born in New York City, daughter Tallulah Ana s weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with our new arrival,” the proud new parents say in a statement to PEOPLE.

The British actress, who is also known for her roles on Las Vegas and Lost, and Sykes tied the knot at Malibu, Calif.’s Inn of the Seventh Ray in April 2009.

– Anya Leon

Beverley Mitchell Introduces Daughter Kenzie Lynne

Published September 6, 2013 by gossipzoo

Beverley Mitchell Daughter Kenzie Lynne First Photo

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Good things come to those who wait, but after close to five years of marriage, Beverley Mitchell is thrilled she and her husband finally decided to take the plunge into parenthood.

Despite the couple’s list of prerequisites to parenting, the actress and Michael Cameron welcomed their daughter in March – and Mitchell admits the timing turned out to be perfect.

“We didn’t think we were ready, but at the same time, what does that mean?” the new mom, 32, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“Everyone is always waiting to be so far in their career, to have this amount of money, to travel the world or this or that. The reality is you will always find some reason that you can’t do something.”

The decision to delay having a baby until well after the two tied the knot in 2008 allowed Mitchell and Cameron to build a strong foundation for their family.

“It happened exactly when it should have for us,” she notes.

And time is exactly what the first-time parents needed when it came to the “difficult task” of deciding on a name for their baby girl, Kenzie Lynne, now 3 months old.

“We wanted to come up with something that was fun and young,” the former 7th Heaven star tells PEOPLE.

“One day Michael said, ‘How about Kenzie?’ and from that day forth, we fell madly in love with it. [Her middle name is the same as] Michael’s mom’s. Kenzie Lynne Cameron just sounds right.”

For an additional photo and more from our interview with Mitchell, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

– Anya Leon with reporting by Raha Lewis

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