Congratulations were in order for many of our favorite celebrity moms this year. Whether it was Beyonce welcoming baby Blue Ivy Carter (which induced collective gasps around the world), Tamera Mowry's first birth, or Mary Mary's double pregnancies, we kept up with our famous moms as they added more bundles of joy to their growing families. Here's a look back at how celeb moms spent the past 12 months.
Beyonce Gave Birth to Blue Ivy
Superstar mom Beyonce welcomed her first child on January 7, 2012. The proud mommy was all smiles when she debuted her bundle of joy, daughter Blue Ivy Carter, in a picture on her Tumblr page in February.
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Tia Mowry Defended Baby Cree
In August new mom Tia Mowry took offense to online commenters who called her adorable 1-year-old son, Cree, ugly. “It’s disgusting that some focus on looks,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “I brought a beautiful child into this world.”
Mary Mary Welcomed More Babies
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Jada, Chris Paul Welcomed a Daughter
Just days after Team USA had taken home a gold medal, NBA player Chris Paul's wife Jada gave birth to their first daughter, Camryn Alexis, on August 17, 2012. The couple wed in a lavish Charlotte, North Carolina wedding last year and shared their stunning photos with ESSENCE.com.
Photo by Jada Paul/ Instagram
Kellie Williams-Jackson Welcomed a Son
The former child star (she played Laura on Family Matters ) and her hubby Hannibal Jackson welcomed baby John into their growing family this past summer. John joins big sister Hannah Belle, 2.
Photo by Kellie Williams-Jackson/ Facebook
Tamera Mowry-Housley Welcomed First Baby
Tamera Mowry-Housley and hubby Adam Housley welcomed their first son, Aden John Tanner, on November 12, 2012. "Our hearts are overflowing with love," she said. "Thank you to everyone for your love and support. It means so much to our family."
Photo by Tamera Mowry-Housley/ Twitter
Egypt Sherrod Welcomed a Daughter
Radio personality Egypt Sherrod and husband Mike Jackson welcomed their first child, daughter Kendall Rae Jackson (pictured), earlier this year. "She is beyond beautiful, and the most perfect thing I've ever laid eyes on," Sherrod said.
Photo by Egypt Sherrod/ Twitter
Cree Expecting Her Second Child
Aw, Freddie's having a baby! The beloved A Different World star (pictured with daughter Brave) recently announced that she and hubby Angelo Pullen are expecting their second child.
Photo by Cree Summer/ Twitter
We Met Erykah Badu's Little Angels
Though Erykah Badu rarely shared photos of her daughters Puma, 3, and Mars, 8, their gorgeous faces were recently revealed by her former partner, rapper Jay Electronica, who posted their photos on his Instgram feed.
Photo by Jay Electronica/ Instagram
Tiffany Evans Welcomed a Daughter
The 20-year-old songstress gave birth to daughter Adalia Sarai Henderson on September 25, 2012. The new mother told ESSENCE.com she was ecstatic about raising her daughter. "She's already changed my life tremendously and I just want to give all of the love that God has given to me, to her," she said.
Photo by Tiffany Evans/ Twitter
Chudney Ross Welcomed Her First Child
Chudney Ross and boyrfriend Joshua Faulkner welcomed her first daughter on September 19. Ross revealed the cherub-faced cutie on her Facebook page, writing, "We are so excited to welcome Callaway Lane to the world," the 36-year-old shared.
Photo by Chudney Ross/ Facebook
Lil' Mo Welcomed Her Fourth Child
The R&B singer and hubby, gospel singer Phillip Bryant, welcomed a son on July 10, 2012. They named their bundle of joy Jonah Maddox-Phillip Bryant.
Photo by The Lil Mo Show/ Instagram
Charlize Theron Adopted a Black Baby...
...Causing Internet commenters to commend her (there were some skeptics) for going against the grain since African-American boys are the least likely to be adopted at orphanages. Theron named her bundle of joy Jackson.
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Essence Atkins Calls Motherhood 'Astonishing'
Actress Essence Atkins (pictured with husband Jamie Mendez) told ESSENCE.com having her first child, son Varro Blair Mendez, was "astonishing."
Photo by Chenoa Maxwell
Amber Rose Revealed Her Baby Bump
The future Mrs. Wiz Khalifa revealed her baby bump at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. The couple expects their first child in February 2013.
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Mel B. Snapped Back After Third Baby
Mel B. gave birth to her third daughter, Madison Belafonte, in September 2011 and had already lost more than 33 pounds by mid-2012. The former Spice Girl credits the weight loss to exercise and the Jenny Craig plan. “Losing weight has made me the best mom possible,” she recently told Australia’s Woman’s Day Magazine.
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Nia Long Glowed with Her New Baby Boy
Nia Long was all smiles when she was spotted out in Los Angeles with her then 2-month-old son, Kez Sunday Udoka, in January. Kez was born on November 10, 2011.
Shonda Rhimes Adopted A Second Daughter
The Grey's Anatomy and Scandal creator adopted as second child, daughter Emerson Pearl, this past Spring. Rhimes—who also has another adopted daughter named Harper—describes Emerson as her "Zen baby."
Photo by Jason LaVeris/ Getty
Adrienne, Chris Bosh Welcomed Baby Jackson
Miami Heat basketball player Chris Bosh and wife Adrienne Bosh welcomed their first child together — a son named Jackson Anthony — on May 3, 2012.
Photo by Adrienne Bosh/ Instagram
Kim Zolciak Welcomed Her Fourth Child
Shortly before leaving the Real Housewives of Atlanta, the reality star gave birth to her fourth child, son Kash Kade, on August 15, 2012.