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Jaime Ray Newman Celebrates Her Baby Shower

4 Jun

Jaime Ray Newman Baby Shower

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Celebrating the upcoming August arrival of her daughter was anything but a typical baby shower for Jaime Ray Newman.

The actress’ husband Guy Nattiv was also showered with lots of love!

Hosted by Daddy Scrubs, the summer soir e took place over the weekend on a West Hollywood rooftop, where guests – including newlywed Lindsay Price and fellow mama-to-be Jaime King sipped on Dama Mama margaritas while mingling with Newman, who swathed her baby belly in a blue paisley dress from A Pea in the Pod.

“It was incredibly fun and also very emotional for us,” the actress, who most recently starred on Red Widow, tells PEOPLE of the special occasion. “We had guests travel from all over the country to be here and we are so excited to celebrate together.”

In between indulging in Mexican cuisine catered by Sky’s Gourmet Tacos and splurging on sweet treats from Sprinkles Cupcakes and baby-themed vanilla and chocolate buttercream frosted cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, guests showed off their silly sides by posing in PhotoBoothPro.com’s Instagram Photo Booth.

Jaime Ray Newman Baby Shower

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While the women enjoyed pampering courtesy Nail Garden – going home with goodie bags that included polishes from their new Minnie Mouse collection – the future father was doted on at the party’s daddy station.

“I had never been to a baby shower before and was overwhelmed with all the love and support we got from our family and friends,” Nattiv says, joking he is hoping to “import the tradition” to his native country of Israel.

The parents-to-be unwrapped items gifted by MomciergeLA, Rockabye Mommy, Belly Bandit, Britax, My Brest Friend, Aden + Anais, Joovy, Playskool and Freshly Picked and party planner Renee Simlak, who gave the expectant actress with a customized push pendant from The Mommy Pendant.

“I’m in baby heaven and can’t wait for the baby to be settled into her beautiful nursery,” Newman, who received Little Castle’s Valente Glider from Nomi Kids in Beverly Hills, says.

Jaime Ray Newman Baby Shower

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– Anya Leon

Marla Sokoloff’s Blog: Chatting with Rachael Leigh Cook

7 Mar

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Shady Ladies – Marla Sokoloff

Our celebrity blogger Marla Sokoloff is a new mama!

Since audiences first got to know her at age 12 as Gia on Full House, Sokoloff has had many memorable TV roles – Jody on Party of Five, Lucy on The Practice, Claire on Desperate Housewives – as well as turns on the big screen in Whatever It Takes, Dude, Where’s My Car? and Sugar & Spice.

Sokoloff, 32, also sings and plays guitar and released an album, Grateful, in 2005.

She wed her husband, music composer Alec Puro, in November 2009 and the couple – plus pup Coco Puro – make their home in Los Angeles.

You can find Marla, now mom to 19-month-old daughter Elliotte Anne, on Twitter.

Hello everybody – hope you all had a fantastic summer!

First things first … I cannot believe you guys didn’t tell me how much fun having an 18-month-old is! This has been the most exciting age by a landslide so far.

Miss Elliotte is talking up a storm and making my stomach ache with laughter on a daily basis. Her personality has completely blossomed and she is quite the little lady now!

Over the past few weeks she has become completely obsessed with everything makeup and jewelry. Every time I turn around she is digging through my purse trying to find the right shade of pink to apply to her forehead. Apparently we’ve been doing it completely wrong all these years, ladies!

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Lovin’ lipstick – Marla Sokoloff

With no nudging on my part by the way, she has decided that she wants to be a total girly girl and has the purse (courtesy of Grandma Sokoloff) to prove it! I guess it’s time to hide the designer handbags…

For this month’s entry I thought we would revisit pregnancy. Some of us loved it, some of us hated it, but no matter how you feel about it, we all LOVE a celebrity doing it right? That way, they can get the swollen feet and the extra pounds while we sit back in our skinny jeans sipping champagne!

(Well, maybe not the last part but a girl can dream right?)

Meet my friend Rachael Leigh Cook, star of TNT’s Perception and mommy-to-be. If I told you how long Rachael and I have known each other it would make the two of us look old, but let’s just say we did a movie together at the start of our careers called The Baby-Sitters Club.

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Me a.k.a. Cokie Mason and Rachael a.k.a Mary Anne Spier – Everett

Rachael took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some fun questions about being knocked up. Hope you guys enjoy!

Marla: Congrats on your pregnancy – you look absolutely amazing! Sooo … how are you feeling?

Rachael: Ahaha thank you! One of the best things about gestation is that people tell you that you look great, even when it is far from true. That said, I don’t turn down a compliment so thank you!

I feel a-okay so far. I know that a lot of women have horrendously difficult pregnancies so I am feeling very lucky. (Knock on wood!)

Marla: Have you had any nausea or weird ailments that you weren’t expecting? I recently read an interview with you where you talked about the ever-present “pregnancy brain.” I hate to be the one that tells you that when the baby comes out, that symptom increases by about 450 percent and turns into something called “mom brain.”

Rachael: Oh nooooo!! That is terrifying! I am running on precious few brain cells these days as is. Other weird ailments include spontaneous crying (sad songs, news items, and stories – This American Life, The Moth, etc. just KILL me these days!) and serious nesting instincts are setting in. Cleaning out the garage and basement, getting rid of old stuff just feels great.

One other strange side effect is that everybody else – whom I know to be normal sized – now looks positively emaciated to me. Perspective.

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Rockin’ her Children’s Place jacket – Marla Sokoloff

Marla: Stop. You are adorably pregnant! Speaking of, any cravings? Please tell me something gluttonous like Taco Bell to make myself feel better about my 50 plus pregnancy pounds!

Rachael: Marla, you tiny thing, I don’t want to hear it!! You are hilarious and braver than I for even looking at the scale when you were carrying. Yeah, after I gained 30 pounds I stopped checking and started stepping on the scale backwards at my appointments. I just don’t care how much I gain at this stage as long as I know that the little stowaway is okay. No need to have a number associated with this excellent experience.

As for the cravings, I was shooting for the first six months so craft service was my best and worst craving ally. Anything was available to me at any given time. Taking particular punishment were citrus fruits, especially pineapple, popcorn and apple fritters. Forget it.

Marla: Well at least you got your fruit in there! It’s very refreshing to hear an actress say they don’t care about gaining weight even while pregnant, so thank you for your candor. I completely agree, as long as your little chicken is healthy, that’s truly all that matters. I don’t know about you, but I was just happy to not have to diet for the first time in well … forever! What has surprised you the most about being pregnant?

Rachael: How directly it can put you in touch with your own mortality. Knowing that you are, in some ways, growing your “replacement” in a cosmic sense, can really make you feel like the transient, temporary being that we all are. Living in L.A. doesn’t help the illusion that we are going to be around forever too, so I think this process is likely part of a needed wake-up call.

Also, how it has made me totally obsessed with my husband. I know (from reading too much online) that he’s supposed to be getting on my nerves because of the hormones, but I have never loved him more. That’s the BEST.

Marla: Ummm okay, that’s the most ridiculously adorable answer ever! I love that and now I love your husband! You are going to love him even more when you see him rocking your little one at 3 a.m. while you “sleep” with one eye open. It’s pretty amazing how you can fall in love all over again with someone you have been with for so many years.

What has been your pregnancy “must have” thus far? For me it was my trusty pregnancy pillow that literally saved me every single night!

Rachael: Oh man, I have to get one of those! Thanks for the tip, sleeping just started to get rocky.

I would say that my favorite pregnancy item/accessory involved is the pants. Maternity pants are where it’s at. All other pants have been conspiring to waste my time for the last 33 years.

Marla: I couldn’t agree more. Once those bad boys came into my life, it took months to break up with them. Why don’t all jeans have a stretchy waistband anyway? Is there a favorite brand that you’ve been wearing?

Rachael: My faves are the Jessica Simpson for Motherhood brand that Pea in the Pod sells. People actually ask if they are maternity or not.

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Bathing beauty – Marla Sokoloff

Marla: What part of motherhood are you most looking forward to?

Rachael: Marla, I have very short-term goals in this area! I will be very impressed with myself if I can just get this kid here into the outside world safely. I don’t feel qualified to pull this whole thing off, if I’m being honest. So it’s a clich but I have to say it, just having a healthy kid is all I want.

Marla: Not clich at all – and you are most certainly qualified! Are you finding out the sex or keeping it a surprise?

Rachael: We did find out the sex. We didn’t plan to initially but my husband and I have largely been apart for this thing, which was very difficult on several levels, so finding out the sex felt like a good way to make it all seem more real. I’m glad we did.

That said, we’re keeping it to friends and ourselves for now. I don’t know why. Oh yeah, because I’m a paranoid weirdo.

Marla: Fair enough. Will the baby’s name be North?

Rachael: Ha! Yes. No really, I respect that they went for a unique name, that takes guts. The same props go to you; Elliotte is such a beautiful name. Okay, I’ll stop comparing you to Kimye now.

Marla: No, compare away! I really see the similarities between us as well. In all honesty, if you want some unsolicited advice on the name front, I would say different and unique is definitely the way to go – but be prepared for the harsh criticism.

I just loved her name so much I didn’t think so many people would hate it! People don’t shy away from telling me just how much they hate it which always bums me out a bit. That being said, if I had to do it all over again, her name would still be Elliotte. Thank you for the compliment – glad you also like it!

Anything you want to ask me? I’ve been a mom for an entire 18 months now, so I’ve really got this Mom thing down. (Translation: I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT I’M DOING.)

Rachael: Ha! So silly, you’re doing great. I can tell by the fact that you have the time to do this column. And regarding questions … YES!

1. Do I really need to go on a hospital tour? I’ve heard it’s not really necessary. Ditto birthing class. I am more of the, “Just give me the drugs and let’s do this” school.

Marla: Great question. We took a hospital tour – I liked the idea of seeing the room beforehand. Somehow it made it less stressful to know where to check in while I wasn’t hyperventilating and writhing in pain. (Don’t worry, that won’t happen to you. Your birth will be pain-free!)

I totally dropped the ball on the birthing class! I don’t think it’s a bad idea to be honest, but by the time I got around to calling, the classes were full and my little girl was coming within weeks so I just improvised if you will.

Rachael: I am signed up to do a newborn care class, lactation coaching and baby CPR, but is there anything else I’m forgetting?

Marla: Good call on ALL of those classes! I would have been useless without the newborn preparation class. I think that covers it! Keep that lactation coach’s card handy because you will most likely need a refresher course once the real subject has arrived. Elliotte and I had our struggles in that department and our coach was everything to us.

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Ready for take-off – Marla Sokoloff

Rachael: Did you use a doula? Everyone says they are the best, but I am worried about it starting to get crowded. Plus, who wants a stranger in the room?

Marla: We didn’t use a doula. I really wanted it to just be my husband and me in the room, but that is a personal preference. Obviously if you were choosing to go without an epidural I would say you should have someone there besides your husband, just in case you cause him physical harm.

Rachael: So great chatting with you Marla and I can’t wait to meet your little girl in person! I can’t wait to make our kids watch The Baby-Sitters Club with us someday and try to make them understand that we were young once, too.

Marla: Totally! So great catching up with you Rachael. I look forward to hearing the big announcement!! If you need anything in the meantime or need me to come swaddle in the middle of the night, do not hesitate to give me a shout.

You can find Rachael on Twitter @RachaelLCook. And as always, Tweet me @MarlaSok.

Until next time,

– Marla Sokoloff

More from Marla’s PEOPLE.com blog series:

  • Marla Sokoloff’s Blog: No … I Really Mean It
  • Marla Sokoloff’s Blog: Elliotte Anne’s Numero Uno … and Baby No. 2?
  • Marla Sokoloff’s Blog: Adventures in Baby Traveling

Courtney Lopez: Gia Thinks Our Dog Is Having a Baby

19 Jun

Courtney Lopez: Gia Thinks Dog Having Baby

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Mario Lopez is a man of his word.

Following a December wedding, the EXTRA host declared he and wife Courtney would get to work expanding their family immediately — and he wasn’t kidding.

In January, the couple discovered they were indeed expecting.

“Mario and I are so excited to add to our family! I found out a month ago and surprised Mario with the good news at breakfast,” Courtney tells PEOPLE.

But the proud parents aren’t the only ones gearing up for a new addition. Big sister Gia Francesca, 2, already has babies on the brain.

“Gia kind of understands that there is a baby in my belly,” Courtney notes. “She also told me our dog Julio has a baby in his belly — so who knows!”

Despite a bumpy start — “I had a rough couple of weeks when I first found out,” she shares — the mom-to-be is feeling better and already sporting quite the blossoming belly. “I am showing so much faster this time around,” she says.

And with warmer weather on the way, Courtney will be swathing her bump in floor-length frocks — but plans on foregoing a few fashion ensembles from her past.

“I love being pregnant in the summer! I live in maxi dresses,” she says. “Looking back at my first pregnancy, there are certain things that I wore and I have no idea why. I looked horrible and I won’t do that again!”

Originally from Pittsburgh, the expectant mama is thrilled to have settled down with her growing family on the West Coast. Her only wish? That her children will one day enjoy a winter wonderland.

“I don’t miss the East Coast at all — especially the humidity,” she explains. “The one thing I do want my children to experience from an early age is snow. There is nothing like being a kid playing in the snow.”

– Anya Leon

Beverley Mitchell Debuts Her Baby Belly

24 Nov

There’s not just turkey in there!

An expectant Beverley Mitchell debuted her baby bump on Twitter Thursday

“Happy Thanksgiving! Here is my first belly pic! 21 weeks,” the actress writes. “Watch out! The belly is getting bigger!”

Mitchell, 31, and husband Michael Cameron will welcome their first child in early April.

“I took seven pregnancy tests,” The Secret Life of the American Teenager star tells PEOPLE. “I went to the doctor and had two more tests and they were like, ‘Bev, usually when the first one comes out positive, the rest of them will all say the same thing.’”

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