Big Babies Bounce into Hollywood

Looking back at Minnie Driver’s pre-delivery pictures she didn’t look as though she was particularly heavy. While pictures can be deceiving (and the actress is relatively tall), I was still surprised that she gave birth to a nearly 10-pound baby boy last week.

According to Driver’s rep, the “Good Will Hunting” star became a first-time mom to son Henry Story Driver last Friday in Los Angeles. Baby Henry weighed in at a healthy 9 lbs., 12 oz. and mother and son are reportedly doing “splendid.”

As for the identity of the child’s father, well, that remains a mystery. Thirty-eight-year-old Driver has long maintained that she has no intention of publicly identifying the person with whom she conceived Henry; however, a few months ago she did offer an interesting comment on how involved the father will be in the boy’s life.

“He’s going to be a dad so yeah he’s going to be there for the kid,” Driver said. “I’m not getting married to this person and I don’t know what’s going to happen but everyone is cool about the situation.”

Driver also noted that she plans to spend the next four months “just being a mom” and will not be taking on any work related projects until 2009. During her bonding time with Henry the actress says she plans to “hang out at the beach” so her son can learn how to “swim before he can walk.”

In other big baby news pro hoofer Tony Dovolani has another reason to kick up his heels these days.

The “Dancing with the Stars” pro is the proud father of newborn twins—a girl and a boy. Son Adrian Driton Dovolani was born at 3:14 a.m. on Monday, weighing 7 lbs. While daughter Ariana Dovolani arrived 14 minutes later, weighing 7 lbs., 10 oz.

Hats off to Dovolani’s wife Lina, who carried nearly 15 pounds of baby. I have never given birth to twins, but given that my own daughter weighed 7 lbs. 5.5 oz. at birth, I would say that Lina did a fabulous job providing a happy home for those babies for 36 weeks. I can’t imagine how she carried two 7-pound babies and took care of the couple’s 3-year-old daughter Luana at the same time.

According to Dovolani’s website, he was in the middle of rehearsals with his partner Susan Lucci when he learned that his wife was in labor.

“Susan shooed me out the door as soon as I got the call that it was time … I was able to be with Lina at the birth,” Dovolani writes.

Given that Dovolani and Lucci practice anywhere from 8 to 10 hours a day, I would bet that Tony won’t be getting much daddy and me time in with his newborns until Lucci gets the boot from the new season of “Dancing with the Stars” (which by the way kicks off in less than two weeks).

How do you think the size of these new additions stack up against the average newborn?

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Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.