Congrats to Elizabeth Banks and husband Max Handelman, who just welcomed their second son, Magnus Mitchell Handelman, via gestational surrogate. “Magnus joins older brother Felix, thus commencing a decade or more of close hand to hand combat,” Banks wrote on her blog, announcing the news. Is it us, or do those sound like names straight out of Panem? Now we’re dying to see the boys dressed up as Capitol citizens. But we’re also glad that they’re not actually being raised by Effie Trinket, who would probably freak with two toddlers in her house.
BTW, as celebrity bloggers, we kind of love the element of surprise when there’s a surrogate involved. We had no idea Elizabeth was juggling the stresses of expecting a baby with producing and starring in Pitch Perfect, filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, campaigning for President Obama’s reelection, running her awesome blog and I’m sure a million other creative endeavors. She explained why she and her husband had to turn to a surrogate in an interview with Lucky last year. “It was a womb issue for me. Embryos wouldn’t implant,” she told the magazine.
In her blog, she thanked the others who helped her family grow. “This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime,” she wrote. “I am also so very thankful to our family and friends for their support throughout this process, as well as the Center for Surrogate Parenting for helping make all this possible.”
It sounds like Banks will put all her other projects to the side for a bit. “I now turn my attention to managing two boys under two,” she says. “For which I am thankful. And all their poop. For which I am less thankful.”
May the odds be ever in your favor, Elizabeth!
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