Helping the pregnant Tracy Pollan decorate a new nursery for what would be her fourth child with husband Michael J. Fox, interior designer Marc Charbonnet realized the project wouldn’t be as simple as choosing between blue and pink: Pollan couldn’t tell him if the child she was carrying was a boy or a girl. “They didn’t want to know,” says Charbonnet. “They wanted it to be a surprise.”
Think pink: Esmé Annabelle Fox—weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz.—was delivered shortly after noon on Nov. 3 in a Manhattan hospital. “Everyone’s doing great,” says Fox’s spokeswoman. When the former Spin City star, 40, phoned the show’s executive producer, Gary David Goldberg, a couple of days following the birth, the actor’s joy was apparent. “Michael was thrilled,” says Goldberg. “And that’s a great sign of hope for the future.”
Fox’s faith in family has always been a flag of optimism in his now-famous battle against Parkinson’s disease. (“On a scale of 10,” says longtime friend Severin Morin, “his kids are a 14.”) He was diagnosed with the degenerative nerve disorder in 1991, two years after the birth of son Sam, now 12. (He went public with his condition in 1998.) That medical verdict didn’t stop Fox and Pollan, 41, his wife since 1988, from having twin daughters, Aquinnah and Schuyler, now 6, in 1995. Experts say there’s virtually no risk of Fox—who devotes most of his time to working on Parkinson’s issues, as well as writing a memoir, due next spring—passing the disease on to his children.
One other new guest has joined the celebration at Fox’s four-bedroom apartment on New York’s Upper East Side. “It’s a little mutt Michael got at a shelter,” says Charbonnet. “So now they have two additions to the family.”