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"As long as I can remember, I wanted a big family," model Niki Taylor wrote recently in her PEOPLE.com blog. On Nov 16, her dreams came true when she welcomed fourth child, son Rex. American Horror Story's Connie Britton's also got her greatest wish, bringing home 9-month-old son Yoby after a three-year adoption process. “I am thanking my lucky stars every day,” she told PEOPLE.
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Ali Landry and hubby Alejandro Monteverde kicked off the month's birth announcements with the arrival of son Marcelo on Oct. 8. Mariska Hargitay also got a sweet surprise when she brought home a son, Andrew, to join adopted daughter Amaya, 7 months, and biological son August, 5. And Sex and the City star Kristin Davis became a first-time mommy to adopted daughter Gemma Rose.
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The Mad Men cast celebrated the Sept. 13 arrival of January Jones's son Xander during his first onset visit at 4 weeks old. While the single mom has been mum about her first child's father, Melanie Brown happily shared her baby news – the arrival of her third child Madison on Sept. 1 with husband Stephen Belafonte – with the Twitterverse. "Stephen nearly passed out, Phoenix screamed, I laughed so hard the baby popped out!!!" she Tweeted.
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"Healthy and happy!" an ecstatic Jessica Alba blogged after the Aug. 13 arrival of second daughter Haven. Two days later, Kevin Federline also welcomed a daughter, Jordan, with girlfriend Victoria Prince, making K-Fed a baby daddy five times over.
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Good things came in threes when a trio of A-list moms gave birth the same weekend. Kate Hudson welcomed second son Bingham on July 9, just hours before Victoria Beckham's adorable daughter Harper arrived on July 10. A day later, Jewel gave birth to her first child, son Kase.
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"As long as my boobs are at home at a certain hour, I can do whatever I want," Pink told PEOPLE about her happy transition from rock chick to new mom after the birth of daughter Willow on June 2. Fellow first-time mom Natalie Portman welcomed a son, Aleph, while Denise Richards added to her brood by announcing the adoption of third daughter Eloise.
Also born this month: Tia Mowry's son, Cree.
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Jennifer Connelly opted for a home water birth for third child Agnes on May 31, with husband Paul Bettany. Earlier in the month, Alicia Silverstone and husband Christopher Jarecki became first-time parents after the arrival of son Bear Blu. "We are all three in love!" blogged the elated actress.
Also born this month: David Schwimmer's daughter Cleo.
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Not one to do anything by halves, Mariah Carey turned the April 30 birth of twins Moroccan and Monroe into a full-scale production. "They came out not only to a Mariah Carey song, but a live performance from her Madison Square Garden performance of Fantasy," revealed hubby Nick Cannon. Second-time mom Laila Ali also welcomed a daughter, Sydney, on April 4, and a "deliriously happy" Mariska Hargitay brought home adopted daughter Amaya.
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Thanks to his super-chic mom Rachel Zoe, Skyler – who arrived on March 23 – is already one of Hollywood's best-dressed babies. Martha Stewart also made sure her first grandchild Jude (mom is Alexis Stewart) got a stylish start, bringing a box of embroidered baby clothes to her March 8 birth via gestational carrier.
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Boardwalk Empire actress Gretchen Mol got some seasonal baby name inspiration when she welcomed daughter Winter on Feb. 17. Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon also became a mom all over again when partner Christine Marinoni gave birth to son Max on Feb. 7.
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Three first-time moms got 2011 off to a stellar start. First up, model Miranda Kerr welcomed her own little angel, Flynn, with husband Orlando Bloom on Jan. 6. Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem also welcomed a son, Leo, on Jan. 22. And on Jan. 27, Christina Applegate gave birth to her "miracle" baby, daughter Sadie, with fiancé Martyn LeNoble.
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Christmas came early for Ali Larter, who welcomed son Theodore on Dec. 20. Days later, Alanis Morissette's surprise pregnancy resulted in the Christmas Day delivery of baby boy Ever. Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish also received a very special holiday gift: the Dec. 25 arrival of son Zachary.