It’s a party of three for Jennifer Love Hewitt!
The actress and her husband, actor Brian Hallisay “are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter Autumn James Hallisay,” her rep tells PEOPLE.
Babi girl was born on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
The couple, who met on the Lifetime show The Client List, decided to keep the sex a surprise, celebrating with a gender-neutral baby shower in October.
One thing that wasn’t a surprise for the former Party of Five star was the realization that being a parent would be one of her greatest roles in life.
“I lost my mom a little less than a year and a half ago to cancer. Obviously, I got very lucky that even though I lost my mother, I lost her later in life, but it’s still had a profound effect on me,” Hewitt told PEOPLE in September.
“I’ve always wanted to be a mom,” she said. “I had a great relationship with mine. I’m ready to pass on to my child all the great love that my mom had for me.”
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Jennifer Love Hewitt may be expecting her first child in December, but that doesn’t mean she’s been taking it easy. In fact, she picked up an extra project — designing a capsule collection for A Pea in the Pod maternity wear — and we have the first look.
“Being pregnant for the first-time, I wasn’t sure exactly what pieces I was going to need at different stages. When I went to A Pea in the Pod, I gravitated toward the pieces I could wear early on in my pregnancy and that would also grow with me as my body kept changing. I no longer felt overwhelmed.” Hewitt tells PEOPLE about why she decided to team up with the line. “So with my collection, I wanted to design pieces that other moms-to-be could easily wear from the first trimester, throughout their pregnancy and even after their baby is born. It’s one less thing you have to think about or stress over while you’re preparing for or spending time with your new baby!”
So with that in mind, Hewitt created 15 pieces for her “L by Jennifer Love Hewitt” collection that are pretty classic and flexible — basic tees, printed maxis, cowlneck tops and comfy leggings (see the sketches at bottom). And she’s not just posing in the clothes for glam modeling shots; she’s already worn the leggings out and about.
“The leggings that have zippers on the side are my go-to piece in this collection. These are the perfect maternity item — they stretch and move with you and have that added embellishment makes you feel instantly chic,” she shares. “You can dress them up or down and feel great wearing them. I like to pair them with a tee or tunic for during the day and then I can throw on a leather jacket and booties for the night time.” (Though with just a few weeks left to go before her pregnancy, she says the maxi dresses are her go-tos — “They make me feel feminine and they are so comfortable!”)
Hewitt herself is no slouch in the maternity style department, though she admits to getting a little inspiration from Halle Berry. “She always looks chic and pulled together,” the designer says, “which proves that your pregnancy doesn’t have to compromise your personal style.”
So what’s her takeaway from her dual roles as mom-to-be and maternity designer? “Find the pieces that make you feel like you and the best and most confident version of you!” she advises. “If you invest in pieces like a maxi dress, side-ruched tees, a pair of leggings and a versatile blazer or jacket, you can mix and match all of them throughout your pregnancy.”
And, she hopes, in the months afterwards; it’s only a matter of time before we see her model them in the months after baby arrives. But you’ll have to wait until March to get your hands on the collection yourself in Pea in the Pod and select Destination Maternity stores.
There will be no third season of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Lifetime series The Client List. I hear it was a mutual decision between the network and producer Sony Pictures TV. While the show dropped in Season 2 — from 2.7 million for the premiere to 2 million for the finale, I hear the reasons were mainly talent-related. As we reported in June, Lifetime and Sony TV were in a standoff with star Hewitt over storylines for a potential third season after Hewitt, who is a producer on the show, had requested that Brian Hallisay, her real-life fiance and father of her baby, also play her character Riley’s baby daddy on the show. I hear the issues eventually became too much for Lifetime and Sony TV. Helping the decision is the fact that since the end of The Client List’s second season, the network successfully launched two new series, Devious Maids, which already has been renewed for a second season, and Witches Of East End, which will be. Additionally, Lifetime just picked up another seaosn of Drop Dead Diva and has several pilots in production, including HR starring Alicia Silverstone.
Time to celebrate!
Jennifer Love Hewitt kicked off her baby shower Saturday, with family and friends honoring the mom-to-be with a festive fete planned by celebrity planner Mindy Weiss.
A source tells E! News around 25 women joined Hewitt at a luncheon in an indoor ballroom of the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles, with guests bringing in presents wrapped in yellow and green packaging and one guest toting pink and blue balloons.
In lieu of the typical blue or pink baby shower décor, the party room which was decorated in black, yellow and white, with yellow flowers from Mark’s Garden placed on a tree stump and white couches all around the room.
Hewitt and her fiancé, Brian Hallisay, have decided to wait to find out the sex of their baby, hence the gender-neutral colors for the shower.
As for what the 34-year-old actress wore to her big bash, our source said Hewitt looked beautiful in a long yellow dress and walked around for a bit, holding hands with friends.
Before the baby shower began, Weiss placed a few inside shots on Instagram from the baby shower, showing off a scent bar for baby shower guests by Kamilyn, adorable baby-faced cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes, and the black, white and yellow themed décor for the evening.
Halisay, came at the end of the shower, to pick her up.
The Client List star recently gushed over her excitement about motherhood, telling People, “I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I had a great relationship with mine. I’m ready to pass on to my child all the great love that my mom had for me.”
The couple is expecting their first child together in December.
Jennifer Love Hewitt is one happy mom-to-be!
“I’m loving [being pregnant]! It’s really been a joy,” she told PEOPLE at Susan’s Magic Makers benefiting Camp Kesem in Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday. “I have no complaints. I mean, tired feet and all the stuff you hear about, but nobody needs to hear about that.”
Hewitt — whose engagement to her Client List costar Brian Hallisay was confirmed by PEOPLE on June 5, the day after her pregnancy was announced — attended the event in support of children affected by a parent’s cancer.
“I lost my mom a little less than a year and a half ago to cancer. Obviously, I got very lucky that even though I lost my mother, I lost her later in life, but it’s still had a profound effect on me,” the actress, 34, tells PEOPLE. “I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I had a great relationship with mine. I’m ready to pass on to my child all the great love that my mom had for me.”
Due in December, Hewitt still manages to work out five or six times a week, though her routine has switched to more swimming than weights.
“It’s making me feel good,” she said about her continued exercise regime. “I’ve been reading all these interesting stats about kids with pregnant moms who work out have all these great benefits, so I’m happy about that.”
She’s also embracing her body’s changes.
“I’ve been under scrutiny for 24 years of my life, so it’s been interesting to see how, when you really embrace what it’s about, it’s okay,” Hewitt said. “You just go with it, and it’s great.”
Though Hewitt and Hallisay have started shopping for their baby, she said they have yet to set anything up yet — or begin planning a wedding.
“[Being pregnant] is a lot to handle at the moment. Getting out of bed without making a weird, old lady noise is about all I can take right now,” she jokes.
“Hot in Cleveland” has begun production today on its fifth season, which will premiere in spring 2014, it was announced by Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. With amazing guest stars including Emmy(R)-nominated Max Greenfield, “The Office’s” Angela Kinsey, Kirstie Alley from TV Land’s new original sitcom “Kirstie,” and returning guest stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Craig Ferguson and more, “Hot in Cleveland” is getting even hotter as it nears 100 episodes.
“100 episodes is a huge accomplishment for any TV show,” said Jones. “We’re so proud of the cast and crew, and we’re looking forward to another fantastic season with new twists and turns in every episode.”
Guest star Max Greenfield, well-known as the hilariously obnoxious Schmidt on “New Girl,” will play a charming con man who poses as a pet adoption consultant, while Angela Kinsey will portray an Admissions Counselor for a pre-school that Joy (Jane Leeves) wants her grandson Wilbur to attend. “Hot in Cleveland” is also welcoming back some favorites from past seasons, including Jennifer Love Hewitt (“The Client List”); Craig Ferguson (“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”); John Mahoney (“Frasier”); Michael McMillian (“True Blood”); Jay Harrington (“Better Off Ted”); Dave Foley (“The Kids in the Hall”); and Georgia Engel (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) as Elka’s (Betty White) BFF, Mamie Sue.
When the fifth season begins, Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) will deal with The Aftermath of the shocking news she received in the season four finale: she’s pregnant. The season will have some more surprises in store for Melanie as she starts to date one of her favorite singers. However, when the relationship goes south and he catches her in a lie, she gets “Taylor Swift-ed” and becomes the target of his latest hit song. This season will also include a crossover between “Hot in Cleveland” and “Kirstie,” TV Land’s newest original sitcom! The ladies travel to New York City, and in order to improve her “Oscar karma,” Victoria (Wendie Malick) confesses an old Betrayal to her ex-roommate, Broadway star Maddie Banks (Kirstie Alley).
Most recently, “Hot in Cleveland” made headline news when the female cast of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” reunited in an episode that aired September 4th. The reunion aired back to back with the sitcom’s cliffhanger finale and each episode drew in over 2.5 million total viewers, with the “Mary Tyler Moore” episode scoring the most total viewers for the sitcom since March 2012 (Source: Nielsen, 9/4/13, L+3).
Jennifer Love Hewitt is pulling out all of the stops to take care of her number-one client, her unborn baby, who will be debuting in December 2013. The Client List star is having her first child with her co-star and fiancé, Brian Hallisay, and is also the face for the new Pampers campaign, Love, Sleep & Play. As Hewitt excitedly heads into the home stretch of her pregnancy, she can’t stop gushing about her baby — and her love for Parents magazine! She’s ready to play mom to her party of three and do all of the cute and mushy things that come with the job.
Congratulations on your pregnancy. How are you feeling?
I’m doing pretty good. I’m definitely feeling like I’m going into my third trimester, whatever that feeling may be. It recently hit me that I have a baby in there. (Points to her stomach.)
Now that you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy, describe the differences between the three trimesters.
The first trimester came with a lot of worry and questions. Since I’ve never done this before, I was thinking, “Am I supposed to feel this thing right here? Am I supposed to be feeling this sick?” Also in the first trimester, there’s not a lot to see. If you saw me, I looked like I ate a big lunch. The second trimester was like, “Oh, my God, I got my energy back!” I couldn’t wait to do a million things, including cleaning my house. As for the third trimester, it has hit me that this is almost over, so I really want to enjoy this because it went by so fast.
Fast but exciting?
So exciting. I can’t believe I’m going to meet this little human soon. It’s all so wonderful and great.
Have you had any funny or strangely odd cravings?
[My love for] the food that I’ve always loved has heightened. Mexican has always been my favorite and now I can eat it every day. I’m also a big avocado and strawberry person. I have to have them all of the time. I was never a cake person, and now I eat little pieces of it at a time.
Why is being pregnant such a special time for you?
It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and something I’ve waited a long time for. I feel lucky that I got to do it at this special time. For me, it’s particularly special because I lost my mom a year and a half ago, and she was my best friend. I’ve always wanted to be a mom because I want to give a kid all of the magical gifts my mom gave to me, such as love and friendship. She and I had this incredible connection that was so unbelievable. I honestly feel that this happening was a gift from her to me. I feel like I can begin moving out of my grieving and mourning period and honor what she gave to me. It has been a hurtful joy. That’s what makes this time so special to me.
Take me back to when you felt the baby move for the first time.
The baby is kicking like crazy while we’re doing this interview (laughs). I’ve never done an interview where someone is punching and kicking me from the inside. I started feeling the flutters a month and a half ago. The kicking I was just talking about is new. It started a few weeks ago, and it’s so crazy how much I love it.
Do you say something to the baby when he or she kicks?
As soon as the baby starts kicking, I touch my stomach and say, “There you are.” (laughs)
Has Brian felt the baby kick?
Yes. He just started to feel the baby kick, and he got so excited. Now that the baby is really moving, everyone can feel it and be involved, which is really nice.
What books or websites have you read to help guide you through these exciting nine months?
I’m not just saying this because we’re doing this interview, but Parents has been my go-to resource. It’s advice from other people, which I really like. Some of the typical books everyone reads are a little scary to me.
Some people play music or talk to the belly as a way to bond with the baby. What have you and Brian been doing?
I’ve been playing hip-hop music because I love hip-hop and I love to dance. I’m trying to make sure that the baby will be a dancer. We’ve been playing a lot of Jay-Z because [his music] has a good beat and bass. We want the baby to feel the good vibes.
Have you bought anything for the baby and, if so, what are your favorite products?
I’ve been using Mustela products for myself. They have a leg [comforting] cream that I use at night, plus a body lotion that I love. As for the baby, I bought Bellybuds; they’re headphones I put on my belly so the baby can hear the music.
Do you know how to change a diaper?
I do. I’ve been practicing with the Pampers Swaddlers because that’s what the baby will be wearing.
Are you ready to become sleep-deprived and play a lot of Sesame Street-type games?
I am. I’m ready to give a lot of love, lose some sleep, and play all day long.
Pregnancy is the perfect opportunity to indulge a sweet tooth — and Jennifer Love Hewitt isn’t holding back.
“Cupcakes seem to be a thing, but that’s always been a thing,” the mom-to-be told PEOPLE during the Mickey Through the Decades Collection launch event in Burbank, Calif. on Saturday.
“I want to blame it on pregnancy, but it’s really always been my favorite. Now, I have the ability to eat three instead of one, which is nice.”
To balance out the batches of baked goods, Hewitt, 34, has continued her almost-daily workout regimen. The exercise, she says, isn’t just about staying in shape.
“I’m doing yoga and cardio and all of that stuff, so it’s been good,” Hewitt shares. “I think it’s been making a big difference in how I feel, too.”
As Hewitt and her fiancé Brian Hallisay anticipate the arrival of their first child this fall, the expectant actress is “taking time off” to enjoy both her engagement and pending parenthood. “I’m still waiting to hear what happens with [my show] Client List,” she adds.
It’s been years since she starred in ’90s staple Can’t Hardly Wait, and Jennifer Love Hewitt tells Us Weekly that she’s learned a thing or two about patience in that time. The first-time mom, 34, explains that she’s having a smooth pregnancy so far because she’s choosing not to stress about the unknown.
“I think most people, when they’re getting ready to be a mom, they go, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to have all of the answers right now,’ but every kid is different, every parent is different and every child and parent relationship is different, so you just sort of have to wait until you’re in it and do the best that you can to try to be Zen in the middle of it all,” Hewitt told Us at Old Navy’s “Mickey Through the Decades Collection” launch in Burbank, Calif. on Saturday, July 13.
Hewitt, who is expecting her first child with Client List costar Brian Hallisay, rocked a grey Mickey Mouse tank top and dark jeans at the Disney and Old Navy event.
The expectant mother shared her secrets to a stress-free pregnancy, telling Us that she is working with a trainer on a regimen that includes yoga and pilates, as well as “cardio and weights so my arms are strong to hold the baby.”
And, Hewitt tells Us, the couple is opting to keep an element of surprise around the baby’s birth (she and Hallisay don’t know the gender of the baby).
“You sort of have these pictures in your mind of what [the baby's going to look like],” she said. “I’m really excited to see what he or she is going to look like!”
Us Weekly exclusively broke the news of the actress’ pregnancy in early June. Hewitt and Hallisay began dating 16 months ago when they reconnected on the set of their hit Lifetime show after previously appearing together on the short-lived NBC series Love Bites.
“I’m off work for the moment, for the summer,” she told Us of getting some rest during her pregnancy. “It’s a really happy, positive time, which I’m grateful for.”
The Client List star penned a series of messages on Wednesday (July 3), explaining that she was discouraged by all the “negativity” on the microblogging site.
“Unfortunately with all the negativity people choose to send on twitter as well as threats to there own well being. I’m sad to say twitter is… No longer for me,” Hewitt tweeted.
Her statement continued: “I have enjoyed all the kindness and love that came my way, as well as support. But this break is needed.
“Life should be filled with positivity and holding each other up, not making threats and sending bad vibes. To those of you who made it a joy… Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Hewitt did not indicate if a specific incident caused her to leave Twitter, and her account remains open.
The actress has been in the news recently for getting engaged to Brian Hallisay and for announcing that they are expecting their first child.
Hewitt has been publicly congratulated on her pregnancy by ex-boyfriend Carson Daly and Client List co-star Colin Egglesfield.
Jennifer as .... Riley Parks
Type: TV Series
Status: Returning 2013
Creator: Suzanne Martin
Riley is a single mother living in a small Texas town and leading a shocking double life.
Jennifer as .... Alison Marks
Director: Bryan Fogel
A romantic comedy centered on a gentile who pretends to be Jewish in order to win the affection of his love interest.
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