Aww. This just in for those of you who love cute baby news. Us Magazine reports actress Naomi Watts and partner, actor Liev Schreiber welcomed their new bundle of bouncing baby love, son Samuel Kai Schreiber, this past Saturday. The healthy baby weighed in at 7 lbs, 13 oz. and the rep for the couple reports, “Both mom and baby are doing great.”
This makes the second child for the couple, who already have a son, Alexander. Watts told Australia’s Herald Sun in April that being a mother “is everything everyone says it is and more - There's still so much to learn, I'm still figuring it out.” Watts and Schreiber met in 2005 and have been going strong ever since. Despite rumors to the contrary, the two are not known to be married.
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The birth of their son further stresses Hollywood’s breaking convention of having children without getting married. Many partnerships have brought children into the relationship, with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins leading the way with what at the time was a rather unconventional arrangement and now people look at it as more common sense. Now we have multiple couples who have decided to bring children into their relationships without traditional wedding vows having been exchanged. For some of us, it seems perfectly normal and others believe it is ill-advised to have children outside of a marriage. It seems to be catching on outside of fame and fortune as well.
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I have to ask those who believe it is wrong to have children outside of wedlock to look at successful career women who have decided to have children without getting married because the right guy has not yet materialized and they really wanted to become a mother or other couples, same sex or not, who adopt or conceive children because they genuinely want to become parents. Perhaps the most important factor in these types of arrangements is that the people involved want to be hands-on, dedicated and loving parents. With millions of children in bad homes or as part of welfare/orphan systems, it might be more important that the child is loved and supported to become the best person they can be.
For those who are considering having a baby, just remember that they change everything and it is a huge responsibility. They may not help a relationship that is in trouble but if they arrive in a loving atmosphere with support and tons of care, they will flourish like flowers.