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"She's probably the best mother I've ever witnessed," family friend Victor Garber tells PEOPLE about the devoted mom to daughter Violet, 3. Garner herself is pretty relaxed about adding another member to her family with husband Ben Affleck – due early in the new year. "Yeah, been through it," she told Access Hollywood in August. "It's all good, it's great. I'm really excited."
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She once intended only to adopt, but the Oscar winner's love for partner Brad Pitt changed her mind. "I suppose I just looked at him and loved him and just felt open to [getting pregnant]," Jolie told W magazine recently. First came Shiloh, now 2, then on July 12 the world met twins Knox Leén and Vivienne Marcheline, who joined the full brood including Maddox, 7, Pax, 5, and Zahara, who turns 4 in January.
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Just like her pregnancy with 16-month-old son Alexander Pete, Watts opted not to reveal publicly that she was expecting again with fiancé Liev Schreiber. But the actress – who's due later this month – described motherhood to Glamour magazine last March as "unpredictable. Draining. Euphoria. Very, very powerful. Unbelievable surprises and fatigue."
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Before the Dec. 10 arrival of second son Naviyd Eli with wife Tameka Foster, Usher – already dad to 1-year-old Usher Raymond V – told Access Hollywood that his soon-to-arrive baby was "one of the best Christmas gifts there is to have." And having two children fits in the singer's plan to be a young father: "I need to still be able to do flips when they're in high school!" he told PEOPLE in August.
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Fatherhood has brought out the sentimental side of the funnyman, who made 2-year-old Samuel a big brother when wife Tanya Haden gave birth to son Tommy in May. "I cry all the time. I always cry at movies and sometimes even cry at ads," the actor told the October issue of British Cosmopolitan. "I didn't know I could feel so much, and was surprised by my own awesome heart."
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Becoming a mom to daughter Stella, born June 9, was an opportunity for Spelling to rewrite her own personal history. "Because my mother and I have always had a complicated relationship, I always wanted a girl to prove that the past doesn't have to repeat itself," the actress (with Stella, husband Dean McDermott and 21-month-old son Liam) told PEOPLE in March. "I can't wait to be a great mom and friend to her."
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Always the comedian, Sandler joked to Jay Leno on The Tonight Show in May that he gave 2-year-old daughter Sadie Madison this advice about wife Jackie's morning sickness (with Sunny Madeline, born Nov. 2): "I had to try to relax my daughter, just saying, 'Mommy's not like bad sick. She just has something growing in her that's eventually gonna shoot out her vagina and take half your toys.' "
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The Biggest Loser host, who's expecting a daughter with husband Dave Sanov on Jan. 20, has found a different set of cravings with her second pregnancy. "I definitely have a sweet tooth," she told PEOPLE in August. "With my son [Jack, who turns 4 on Feb. 25], I craved savory things. My doctor said to buy fruit at the farmer’s market. I bought a cantaloupe, and I had to stop myself from eating the whole thing."
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After wife Luciana gave birth to daughter Gia Zavala on Aug. 20 (joining 2-year-old Isabella and stepdaughter Alexia, 10), Damon says his overprotective instincts kicked into high gear. In fact, the actor jokes that he's earned the nickname Red Alert. "If any of the kids were near anything close to being dangerous, I would say, 'Is she touching that?' or 'Watch out!' And the whole family would go, 'Red alert! Red alert!' "
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When it comes to taking care of son Zuma, born Aug. 21, husband Gavin Rossdale defers to his wife (pictured in October). "Gwen is amazing with Zuma and does most everything while I just hang out," Rossdale told PEOPLE in November. "Even though we share responsibilities with the kids, Gwen definitely does more than I do." The rocker's specialty is father-son lunch dates with 2-year-old Kingston: "It is something I look forward to on a regular basis."
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