Elizabeth Banks became a mom in the most modern of ways. But the 30 Rock star is proving to have old-fashioned parenting tastes already. The new mom and husband Max Handelman welcomed home a son this week, carried to term by a gestational surrogate:
After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy: we make a "baby cake" and bake it in another woman's "oven."
I can just imagine her telling that story to her new son too, in just those words. It's sweet and classic and totally fits my picture of her; after all, this is a woman who has always talked about being a "goody two shoes." I had that in mind when I heard she was a new mom, and I was expecting something pretty straightforward in the baby naming department. Banks and Handelman didn't disappoint. So what did the new parents name the little guy?
Felix! I love it because it's the perfect balance between normal and not too common -- exactly what most moms I know are shooting for. According to the Baby Name Finder, it's ranked only number 339 among boys in the United States. It's got solid roots: it's the name of a saint. But it also held special meaning for Banks and Handelman. As she explained on her blog:
Felix means "happy" and "lucky" in Latin. And true to his name, Felix is a very happy baby and a blessing on our life.
And in case you needed further proof that the couple will retain some old-fashioned values despite her star power, look no further than that same blog post, where Banks explains she's kept her fertility journey pretty secret, and she expects to do the same with the life of her child. As much as I adore new baby pictures, especially from stars I enjoy watching, I can't say I blame her.
She's one of those stars that you enjoy watching, who could easily take Avery Jessup out from under Liz Lemon's eyes and into her own show. But Banks enjoys some anonymity as a small screen star with a string of mostly supporting movie roles. If she could hide the surrogacy, she can keep Felix out of the spotlight too. Good for her! And congratulations.
Did you know Banks was expecting? What do you think of the boy's name?
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