Drake & Josh's Josh Peck Is Going to Be a Dad! Plus 20 Former Child Stars Who Are Now Parents
The Drake & Josh actor is the latest former child star who is one step closer to fatherhood. He and his wife of 14 months, Paige, announced she's pregnant with their first child in August 2018.
ALEXA & CARLOS PENAVEGA
"My heart is so full," Alexa, best known for her turn as Carmen Cortez in the first four Spy Kids movies, wrote on Instagram, captioning this family photo of herself, husband Carlos — a former Nickelodeon star himself! — and their son Ocean, now 1.
From scream queen to diaper goddess! The Halloween actress and husband David Gross welcomed their little bundle of joy, son Carter, now 1, in February 2017. "After three years of fighting for the family I so desperately wanted to start, I’m proud to finally be able to say I’m gonna be a mom to a baby boy … thanks to the painstaking miracle of IVF," the actress told PEOPLE exclusively that October.
CANDACE CAMERON BURE
The Full House alumna and Fuller House star is a mom of three: to look-alike daughter Natasha, 20, and sons Lev, 18, and Maksim, 16. She shares her kids with longtime love, husband Valeri.
Sweetin, a.k.a. middle-child Stephanie Tanner on Full House, is mom to daughters Beatrix, 7, and Zoie, 10 — her kids from two previous relationships with Morty Coyle and Cody Herpin, respectively.
A mom of two — she shares 11-year-old daughter Felicity and 14-year-old son Tate with ex-husband Jeremy Rytky — Barber told Us Weekly back in 2014 her children were "at the height of Fuller House fandom."
"My daughter was so excited to come here today and to meet Candace [Cameron Bure]," she continued. "And I'm like, 'You've already met Candace!' But this is the first time she's seen Candace since she became a fan of the show."
The Veep actress may have first captured our hearts in My Girl — but her own heart was captured following the birth of her and husband Shaun So's daughters, Penelope, 5, and Clara, 2. "I didn't know I would love it this much," Chlumsky told PEOPLE of motherhood in 2014. "I thought I was going to be a lot more freaked out than I am, but it’s so much better than you could ever imagine."
JAMIE LYNN SPEARS
Now a country music singer-songwriter, Britney's little sis became our imaginary BFF when she starred in Nickelodeon's Zoey 101. While she's still very much involved in the music world, Spears' favorite role to date is that of mom to two kids Maddie, 10 — with ex Casey Aldridge — and Ivey, 4 months — with husband Jamie Watson.
Currently pregnant with her and boyfriend Matthew Koma's baby girl, the Lizzie McGuire alumna is also mom to 6-year-old Luca, whom she shares with ex-husband Mike Comrie. "It’s such a wonderful experience and obviously life-changing and altering," she said of becoming a first-time mom in an interview with the Huffington Post. "You just don’t even know until you have a child what that bond does, and how it changes you, and what you learn."
Lucy Camden — errr, Mitchell — has gone from 7th Heaven to feeling on cloud nine with her own family, which includes husband Michael Cameron and their two kids: 5-year-old daughter Kenzie and 3-year-old son Hutton. "Family is the priority," the former child star previously told PEOPLE.
MELISSA JOAN HART
From Clarissa Explains It All to Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Hart is a seasoned child star who become a pro in another, much more important role: mom. The Melissa & Joey star and husband Mark Wilkerson share three sons, Tucker, 5, Mason, 12, and Braydon, 10.
Remember Stephanie Tanner's rebellious friend Gia from Full House? Well, her real-life counterpart is all grown up — and a mom! Sokoloff and husband Alec Puro are parents to daughters Olive, 3, and Elliotte, 6.
Serving as our '90s-era soul sister, Ricci took on iconic roles in Casper in The Addams Family, thrusting her to household-name status. The actress has spent most of her life in front of the camera and credits key people for keeping her grounded — including her family, husband James Heerdegen and their 4-year-old son, Freddie.
"I didn't realize how much growing up I had to do and how much better I could be," Ricci told PEOPLE. "And my marriage and my kid have really made me better."
The Sister, Sister alumna has been candid about her infertility struggles following the birth of son Cree, now 7, her child with husband Cory.
"I didn't let my infertility issues define me or define what my goals were and what I wanted out of life," the lifestyle blogger, who previously opened up about her challenges with endometriosis, told PEOPLE. "We did try for a long time. It was hard. But I didn't give up."
The couple welcomed the newest addition to their family, daughter Cairo, in May 2018.
Just like her twin sister Tia, the Sister, Sister alumna is also mom to one boy and one girl — daughter Ariah, 3, and son Aden, 5 — whom she shares with husband Adam.
CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO
Too cute! Romano has come a long way since slipping into the shoes of know-it-all Ren Stevens, Shia LaBeouf's on-screen sister, in Even Stevens. The actress, who also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Cadet Kelly, is now mom to 1-year-old daughter Isabella and married to husband Brendan Rooney.
A larger-than-life character and longest-running cast member on Saturday Night Live, Thompson nabbed his first major comedic role on Nickelodeon's All That and then landed his own spin-off, Kenan & Kel. Despite his onscreen achievements, Thompson is even more proud of his marriage to wife Christina and their two kids, 4-year-old daughter Georgia and newborn daughter Gianna.
"I wanted a full basketball team, but I think we’re good with maybe two," he previously joked to PEOPLE. "It's just the sweet thing. It’s like Christmas all the time."
Mitchell first got his start on Nickelodeon's All That and serving as one-half of Kenan & Kel, but now he's experiencing fatherhood all over again following the July 2017 birth of daughter Wisdom, whom he shares with wife Asia Lee. Wisdom is the first child for the couple, who tied the knot in 2012. Mitchell has two teenage children — son Lyric and daughter Allure — from a previous marriage.
"I did [deliver the baby myself]," The Wonder Years alumna (a.k.a. Winnie Cooper) told Access Hollywood Live of welcoming son Draco, now 7, with ex-husband Mike Verta (not pictured). "Well, the doctor started it, then I got to reach down and bring Draco up. It was amazing. It was probably because I didn’t have the epidural. I was fully alert."
After an aww-worthy performance in the 1991 romantic comedy Curly Sue, ending her yearslong battle with alcoholism and her triumphant The Voice win, things are still looking up for Porter and her little family — comprised of husband Brian Autenrieth and their two kids, son Mason, 6 and daughter Aria, 4. "I turned away from the dark side and I have been infinitely blessed with my family and my children and now a career," she shared.