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Nicola Tappenden Welcomes Daughter Poppy

Plymouth Argyle Manager Paul Sturrock told This is Plymouth: “It’s a big thing, your first kid,” he said. “I told him to stay up there at the weekend and then he was going to travel to Bournemouth to play for the reserves.”

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Jennifer Garner On Balancing Her Life

Jennifer Garner is relaxing these days, awaiting the birth of her second child with husband Ben Affleck. So how does she juggle her career, her 3-year-old daughter Violet, and her second pregnancy? She sat down for a chat with parents.com to explain.

“Finding the right balance is tough for moms today. But even for my mom, who didn’t work when we were growing up — and I’m one of three — the one thing she wishes she had done for herself was to work just a little bit. Finding the balance that’s right for you is hard when you’re trying to have a little bit of everything.”

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On the ‘balancing act’: “I really want to have homemade bread! I did a lot as a kid, so I want to have it for my family too. And I want to have playgroups and go to art classes and be a part of everything. At the same time, a lot of women have been raised to have a career, and you also want to be a good wife and a good girlfriend, and it’s a lot to do. What do I miss? I miss reading and seeing my friends. And any quiet time — if I find it, I’ll take it!”

On her pregnancy cravings: “Oh yeah! I always have cravings. It doesn’t matter if I’m pregnant or not! I use pregnancy as an excuse to say I’m craving ice cream and chocolate, but really, that’s just me. I feel great. Everything’s been pretty similar to when I was pregnant with Violet. So far, so good. I’ve been really lucky.”

On the perks of motherhood: “The best part of being a mom is the kid herself — that you get to have this little person be your friend and hang out with you (and drive you crazy!). Obviously your life changes and your heart expands, and it’s something you can’t even put into words without sounding incredibly sentimental and cliched — both of which I am! But what it really is, is this new being is there, which is just the most fun ever.”

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Naomi Watts: ‘I’d Given Up’ On Becoming A Mom

Naomi Watts seems to have it all – a loving fiance in 41-year-old Liev Schreiber; an adorable son, Sasha, 16 months; another child ready to be born; and a fabulous career (she’s got The International with Clive Owen and The Birds opposite George Clooney in the works) but, the 40-year-old actress revealed to InTouch that she once feared that she had waited too long and would never have a family of her own.

“You spend so many years searching for something that you’re tempted to give up,” Naomi says. “I found myself at a place in my life where I’d given up on the idea of finding my soul mate and becoming a mother.”

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On if she feels that everything is finally clicking for her: “I still seems so odd to me to even be thinking in those terms. I went through hell for many years struggling to get work. Then when I had a career I threw so much of myself into my work that I didn’t leave much time for me. Now my life is in this very beautiful place and it’s all good.”

On when she knew she wanted to start a family: “It wasn’t until my thirties. Of course, that was when I was totally driven by my career because I’d waited so long for the chance to work that I couldn’t bear the thought of stopping for any length.”

On what she was afraid of: “There was this fear that I’d better take advantage of every opportunity because maybe it would all go away.”

On how motherhood has changed her: “I feel so rich inside. I’m so blessed. Every since my son was born I have felt this tremendous sense of reward and pure joy from being part of his little world and watching him grow.”

On sounding so fulfilled: “It’s almost frightening for me to think that if I hadn’t met Liev, I might never have had a child of my own.”

On meeting the ‘man of her dreams’: “I’ve often felt lonely, and being with Liev, I feel that I’ll never be lonely again.”

On if it’s hard to juggle her professional and personal lives: “I think balancing career and family is just one of those things you have to work at as you go. I feel such a sense of warmth now that I have a family that I want to be very careful not to disrupt that harmony.”

On if she plans to stop working: “Being a mom will be my priority for a long time, even though deep inside me the passion for acting is still intact. I’ll work whenever something really sensational comes along and spend the rest of the time being very nurturing.”

On what lessons turning 40 has taught her: “My rule is: You should know what you want and why you want it. If we can follow that principle, then we can find the peace and harmony we’re all looking for.”

Photo: Hector Vallenilla/PacificCoastNews.com

Source: InTouch Weekly, December 22 print edition

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Violet’s Quick Pick Up

Violet's Quick Pick Up

Pregnant Jennifer Garner quickly picks up her 3-year-old daughter, Violet, from pre-school on Thursday.

Jennifer and her husband, Ben Affleck, are expecting their second child this winter. Baby Affleck could arrive any day now!?

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Celeb Baby Gear: Get the Look!

  • Moses wears an Appaman Black Puffy Coat – $88
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    Liz & Damian Hurley Prepare To Take Off

    Liz & Damian Hurley Prepare To Take Off

    Elizabeth Hurley was seen preparing to travel with her 6-year-old son Damian Charles Hurley.

    The mother son duo looked stylish in their shades and casual clothing. The last time we saw these two, they were all dressed up.

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