Elizabeth Banks’ Blessing from a “Broken Belly”

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On "30 Rock" Elizabeth Banks’ character Avery Jessup is a new mom, and the actress, 37, is now following that trend in real life! Banks welcomed son Felix via gestational surrogate today.

“I have been very fortunate in life both professionally and personally,” Banks, 37, wrote on her website to announce the happy news. “The one true hurdle I’ve faced in life is that I have a broken belly. After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy.”

“From that came two miracles,” she continued. “The first was meeting our carrier and her husband who were truly humbling in their decency and generosity. And the second miracle was the birth of our baby boy, Felix Handelman. Felix means ‘happy’ and ‘lucky’ in Latin. And true to his name, Felix is a very happy baby and a blessing on our life.”

Banks and Handelman met on her first day of college in 1992 and married eleven years later in 2003. Congrats to the happy little family!

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