Matt and Suzy Preston Hoover Welcome Second Son, Jax Paul

09/15/2008 at 03:15 PM ET
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Update: Suzy has introduced Jax on her MySpace, posting six images.

Originally posted September 13th: The Biggest Loser 2 contestants Matt and Suzy Preston Hoover are parents again after welcoming their second son. Jax Paul arrived on Thursday, September 11th in Seattle, Wash., weighing in at 7.6 lbs and measuring 18.75 inches long. He joins big brother Rex Timothy, 14 months. Explaining their name choice, Matt, 32, says, “Our first son is named Rex, and that was unique and we wanted something that sounded similar that was also unique.”

“We’re so excited to add a new member to our family! We’re adding another healthy Hoover to our family and look forward to raising both boys in a healthy way with information we learned on the show.”

The couple announced the pregnancy in March, sharing in May that they would be welcoming another son. Over the summer, the couple blogged about a variety of topics — anything from Suzy’s openness about not enjoying pregnancy, to Matt’s vasectomy!

Source: PEOPLE

Thanks to CBB reader Susan.

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Natasha on

Awww. I’m so happy for them. And I love the name Jax. I’m sure Rex will be a great big brother. Congrats to the whole family.

Bancie1031 on

Congratulations to Matt, Suzy and Rex on Jax.

JM on

I had a cat named Jax (rip little buddy)! I had it chosen for a future son but my cat ended up with it instead. Needless to say any names I name my animals I just find odd now on children lol.

congrats Matt and Suzy!

StΓ©ph on

Congrats to them.
I don’t like any of the four names they gave their kids, Rex Timothy and Jax Paul, isn’t my kind of names at all. But to each their own.

Congrats, I’m really happy for them!

phoebe on

Are this couple reality contestants, or are they famous for other things? Anyway, congrats to them, I don’t really like the names, but I’m sure the boys are beautiful!

Jen on

Maybe it’s just me, but if I was Suzy and I came on here to read the comments, I would be a little hurt with people saying comments like “oh, I don’t like those names at all”, etc. She can name her kids whatever she wants, and if she likes the names then that should be all that matters.

Sorry, I just think it is a little rude.

Anyway…congrats Matt and Suzy!

Brit on

Congrats to Suzy and Matt! Rex and Jax will enjoy growing up together!!

All that matters is that they like the names they chose… other people are allowed to have their own opinions.

Renee on

Well said Jen. It’s their children, they should have the right to name their kids without having to worry about people being negative about it.Some people complain about when people give their kids unique names, now they are upset about names that are common.

MissAllisonJenny on

Congrats to them. But Jax is far from unique. It is very popular.

phoebe on

Yes, they can name their babies whatever they want, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us have to love them. In a world of relatively free speech, we should be able to express opinions. If we’re not allowed to say we don’t like something, the same distinction should apply to saying we like it, meaning that we should have no right to say anything about someone else’s choice.

I’ve never considered that someone else would care whether I like their child’s name or not, but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t be able to post on it, and I and others shouldn’t be told off for it. Some names I love, some names I don’t, and I think I should be able to respectfully express my opinion on that. So I’m very sorry if anyone thinks anyone else (myself included) has been rude, but I don’t think we have and I simply do not see a problem with anything anyone has said here. And not to be disrespectful to anyone, but I am more offended by people trying to silence anyone with a critical opinion than I am by anyone disliking a particular name. Like I said, it is free speech.

And I really don’t think Matt and Suzy will worry one little bit about other people’s opinions, I’m sure they are just enjoying the time they are spending with their boys. Oh, and following my last post, I googled them and the transformation in both of them is incredible. They should be very proud of themselves and the family they have created.

momof3 on

Phoebe – I would be very surprised to hear that you were a parent.

J on


Congrats Suzy, Matt and family. πŸ˜€

JM on

“I would be very surprised to hear that you are a parent?”

Sorry if I’m taking this comment out of context but what’s this supposed to mean??

The only thing I get tired of on these message boards is mothers that act like if your NOT a mother you have no right to any kind of opinions on here!

I guess us NON moms should just leave and refrain from making any comments when it comes to children!

Phoebe I completely got what you were saying so no need to apologize to anyone πŸ˜‰

Amy on

I also found momof3’s comment strange. I am a parent of 2 and frankly I don’t give a rip what other people think of my kids names. I think most of us parents name our kids names that we enjoy, and we don’t spend a lot of time worrying about whether complete strangers will approve or not. I had a friend flat out tell me she would never name her daughter Abigail because she didn’t like the name, even though that was my top girl’s name and she knew it. I didn’t get upset with her. I just knew she didn’t like the name.

momof3 on

JM…When you become a mother, you will see how making negative comments about a newborn’s name is just rude and ignorant. Believe it or not, but actualy being a mother does alter the way that you view a lot. You will see.

MB on

The only people I would really care if they didn’t like the name I chose would be my close family. And even then, not so much. However, my husband and I decided not to tell our families the names we’re considering ahead of the birth. Hopefully they will refrain from making negative comments once the baby is already named πŸ™‚

I think expressing opinions that are negative are fine as long as they are done respectfully. Personally I think the names are cute. The x is a nice way to tie them together.

Renee on

Not all sets of parents are the same. Some people are really sensitive about stuff like this. Especially if the name is after a close friend or family member.

momof3girls on

Rex and Jax, very differant name but I like it. She is gonna have trouble though when she is yelling at one of them and needs to think of their name fast. I can look at one of my daughter s and still call her both of her sisters names before I say her name. And their names are even close in sounds. Sometimes I call my kids my husbands name.

Stephany on

OK, seriously, momof3? So if a stranger says she doesn’t like your children’s names, you get all huffy and defensive? If so, I think you might be a little oversensitive. (And I think your comment was COMPLETELY inappropriate and rude, much ruder than phoebe’s).

I doubt either Suzy or Matt are checking this site and wondering what the world thinks of the name Jax. Personally, I love the name but if other people don’t, they have the right to say that. Are we not allowed to have opinions anymore on here?

Jess on

Yay for the new baby! I like reading about this couple.

As far as the names, I like them. But even if I didn’t, I wouldn’t comment on them at all. I’m sure about 99% of the people who post comments about not liking names would never say the same if these were people they saw in person or even knew well.

finnaryn on

MB, sadly even waiting to share your baby names until after the birth won’t stop the comments from family. My aunt HATES the names we have chosen and refuses to pronounce them correctly. She doesn’t even bother to learn the correct spelling of my youngest’s name. And it really isn’t that hard. His name is Ronan and she continually signs things Rowan.

I hope you have better luck.

phoebe on

Momof3 – so because I happen to have an opinion that I don’t like a child’s name, or moreover reserve the right to say so under the banner of free speech, you assume I don’t have children?! I’m trying to decide if you were either sarcastic, serious or patronising! You know what, non-parents are allowed an opinion here, and their opinions are no less valid than parents opinion.

And not that I have to explain myself to you, but yes, I do have a child. She’s beautiful, and she will unfortunately grow up in a world where her opinion is repeatedly stifled because of people who have no right to dictate what she feels and says. I’m still wondering why my daughter is relevant to this point, but never mind!

And thank you to you guys who backed me up on my point of view, but I suspect this may not be the last time we’ll have to say this.

Once again, congrats to Matt and Suzy.

MB on

Finnaryn, I know, but a girl can hope right? :-p My grandmother has so far been the only one to openly say something after a baby was born, and I figure one out of many is not bad so maybe my odds are good. Either way though, my DH and I are happy with the names we’ve chosen πŸ™‚

SH on

Phoebe, The only true test of your theory is for YOU to post the name of your daughter (no last name of coarse) then watch the comments come in and see if they bother you.

You don’t REALLY have to do this….but it would prove if it would bother you or not when strangers say negative things about the name you’ve chosen. Matt and Suzy probably aren’t extremely busy celebrities, so they very well could be reading these posts, you never know.

Rex and Jax are fine names. Everyone is different, everyone has special reasons for picking specific names, and not every kid has to be named Emma and Jacob. NOT saying those are bad…just saying that those are #1 here in the US and if they were to use a name that is popular people would probably be saying negative things about those too even though they’re #1 right now.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t have an opinion, everyone does and that’s ok. I have 4 kids and I’ve found out that with names it’s IMPOSSIBLE to please everyone! And that’s the TRUTH! (especially my inlaws but that’s another story) πŸ™‚

Jennifer on

Congrats to Suzy and Matt. It’s not that I don’t like the names of their kids, but to me they just seem way to similar. I guess though, whatever “floats your boat” as they say!!
When it comes down to it, as long as they like the names, that should be what matters–not what we say πŸ™‚

Rowan on

I also have to disagree with momof3 – I am also a mom of 3 children and they all have unique names. My husband and I couldn’t care less what other people’s opinions are of them (and we got flack from some family members for one of our son’s names). You aren’t going to please everyone and it hardly upsets me if someone doesn’t like what we’ve chosen. I probably wouldn’t like the names they’ve chosen for their kids, either. It’s called personal preference. Thank God we don’t all like the same things – how boring would that be.

I highly doubt the celebrities on here care if random people on here like their baby’s name and I think we all have a right, as long as it’s done respectfully, to express our opinions on the names chosen.

JM on

mom3 – actually I don’t really care what people think of what I’m going to name my children. It will become their problem not mine. And it’s not like I’m going to sit around worrying about it. I have more important concerns at that point then worrying what others think. You sound like you come off as someone who constantly worries about how people think of you and your parenting. Why care so much? If someone says they don’t like your childs name say, “well thanks that’s why they’re not YOUR child!” Trust me I have very different names picked out for my future children and have already told people some of them and I get wierd looks and comments but it’s not going to stop me from calling them that if I so choose to. When my nephew was born most of the family hated his name. We all even said we didn’t like it on him but his parents still called him that because the wanted to. And now we could care less what his name is. What matters is that he’s a beautiful healthy little boy!!
People eventually move beyond it. I personally would never tell anyone I didn’t know that I didn’t like their child’s name. I may just smile and say “oh different”. But on a messageboard it’s a bit different. Most of these celebs will never know what we think of the names and most likely they probably don’t care!!
Sometimes you got to just shrug things off when comments are made. Because if your saying it’s hurtful to have someone say something mean about your childs name to me it means you are having guilt issues with what you have named them. And that problem lies soley within you!

JMO of course.

SH on

JM, I think I have to agree with momof3. (but not the comment she gave to phoebe which I thought was shocking) It’s really not that simple. Once you actually HAVE the kids with those names, if you get wierd looks and rude comments (from friends, family, OR strangers) it WILL affect you in SOME way. It will no longer be just the NAME they are judging. When it’s YOUR child it will matter to you. People can easily say it doesn’t matter when they don’t actually have children yet vs. when they do have the children that they love more than anything. You will see!…especially when it’s your inlaws judging – nothing will get you going more than that! πŸ™‚ momof3 wasn’t coming off as “someone who has a problem and guilt issues” or “someone who constantly worries about what other people think of her and her parenting”…I laughed when I read that…that’s not the point at all.

Lauren on

Reading these comments sometimes makes me wonder how some posters function in the real world. They get so upset over others’ honest reactions to celebrities letting their children use bottles, their name choice(s), etc. that I can’t help but try to picture them out in the real world dealing with legitimate problems. The fact that these celebrities’ lives hit so close to home with some that they get so emotional in the first place is cause for concern in and of itself.

Phoebe, you are right on the money. Power to you for not allowing the posters here to baby you into feeling bad for speaking the truth. Your daughter is lucky to have such an honest, rational woman for a mother. Judging by this site, those can be few and far between sometimes.

L on

What’s really sad about this is the petty argument that’s going on here.

I guess that it should be accepted that people here are going to judge what celeb’s call their children. Not everyone is going to like the names they pick. I think if the owner’s allow comments in which people say they don’t like a name it is perfectly acceptable to say that.

To be honest I don’t see how Rex is a unique name. I know of a few people called Rex. Jax reminds me of a football team here (Ajax).

phoebe on

SH, my daughter’s name is Ava, which some have loved and some haven’t, but it doesn’t bother me because her father and I love it. I don’t mind people saying they’re not keen on it, it’s fine, as long as they aren’t rude about it or rude to my child because of it. And I feel the same way now about free speech and voicing opinions as I did before I gave birth or even got pregnant.

Skipsie on

Congratulations to these two!
I personally like the names. I think Rex and Jax go very well together, probably just the “x” at the end.

I think some of the comments on here have gotten a little off hand and a little unnecessary.
I never seem to understand why names seem to get people so riled up.

As long as he’s well loved and happy he’s not going to care about his name. He might even be grateful he’s not another Tom in the world.

Mary on

What happened to this site? There’s no news on it anymore, and it appears Danielle sold out to Time, Inc. The whole site is completely boring now. I won’t be back.

Mia on

They’re giving Brad and Angie a run for their money with those “X” names lol

Brad/Angie have MaddoX, PaX, and KnoX.

They have ReX and JaX.

Rowan on

I think it has more to do with how sensitive you are as a person rather than if you’re a mother. Like I said, I have 3 kids w. unique names and have gotten the weird looks and comments, but it doesn’t offend me. I choose to think the person w. that opinion has boring taste πŸ˜‰ The only thing that matters to me is that my husband, myself and my children like the names, and so far we all do. My 9 year old daughter has thanked me for naming her what we did because it makes her feel special and she likes that she doesn’t have to have an initial by her name like some of her friends with more common names.

J on

L and Skipsie, I totally agree.

SH on

Yes, phoebe, Ava is a beautiful name. It’s funny because that’s the name of our first “daughter” – she’s a golden retriever. Just thought that was a funny coincidence! I always regretted using it on our dog because I would have used it on a daughter…Our first “real” daughters name is Ella, and we have 2 sons and another daughter. The names Ava and Ella weren’t as common about 5-10 years ago as they are now. And I’m beginning to find that out now that my daughter started school. There’s two Ella’s in her class…I agree with Rowan that a different name would make the kid feel special in a classroom of kids. Our sons have different names too that you don’t see very often.

Renee on

lauren, just because some one disagrees with you or Phoebe doesn’t mean that they can’t function in the real world. This is the real world right here. I doubt anyone here gets along with everyone they meet.

CelebBabyLover on

Rowan- You said “I highly doubt the celebrities on here care if random people on here like their baby’s name and I think we all have a right, as long as it’s done respectfully, to express our opinions on the names chosen.”

I don’t think that’s entirely true. For example, when Soliel Moon Frye had her second daughter, whom she and her husband named Jagger Joseph Blue, nearly everyone was criticizing her for it.

As a result, she wrote to CBB just a few days after Jagger’s birth, explaining how and why they chose the name. While she never directly said that the negative comments about Jagger’s name bothered her, it’s a pretty safe bet that they did, or she probably wouldn’t have commented.

That said, there ARE probably celebs out there who wouldn’t be bothered by negative comments about their children’s names on a blog or by the media.

For example, if Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt read about their kids’ names being critcized (Knox’s and Pax’s names have actually both been criticized here on CBB…Although Pax’s was criticized more because of the fact that Angie decided to change his name when she adopted him, even though he was already 3 years old at the time.), I have a feeling they wouldn’t be bothered one single bit by it! Angie has gone on record saying that she and Brad aren’t bothered by what the tabloids say about their family (in fact, she said they don’t worry about what is reported about them “unless it’s in the New York Times”!), so I have a feeling they wouldn’t be bothered by the media’s and/or total strangers’ comments about their kids’ names, either. πŸ™‚

phoebe on

Just have to say thank you to Lauren and SH for their comments, maybe this debate here will encourage people to be openminded!

I think Matt and Suzy are absolutely an inspiration and on that alone will surely be wonderful parents.

Grow up on

Enough with the thanks for support and back patting each other for tag teaming people who don’t care to hear others constantly nitpick baby names.

Just end the debate already and grow up. If you were so open minded you’d let it go already.

phoebe on

Actually, I was thanking people for their nice comments about my daughter, not that I should be explaining myself. I can’t believe such a blatantly personal and rude comment was made. I and others have been completely respectful throughout this whole thing, there is no need to turn this personal. And may I (respectfully) suggest that if you don’t like to hear people with differing opinions, you steer clear of comments and forums on the internet? That’s life, people don’t always agree with each other. But that doesn’t mean I and others should be attacked and belittled. Your comment was downright nasty ‘Grow up’, and uncalled for. I guess you didn’t read the comments SH and Lauren left for me, but they weren’t saying anything bad about anyone, and I wasn’t saying anything bad back. I’m sorry if you feel this way, but you’ve taken a misconception too far.

phoebe on

And ‘Grow up’, if you’re referring to my post that replied to ‘momof3’, the reason I said thank you there was because of the horribly rude post left for me that time. It was because I and others were more or less being dictated to about what we could say and I was grateful for the fact that I wasn’t the only one hurt by that. I don’t want to be rude back to you, but I didn’t deserve the things you wrote and neither did the rest of those who post here.

Renee on

Phoebe, no one was being rude to you. People were disagreeing with you

phoebe on

Renee, I agree, the majority of people were either agreeing or disagreeing with each other, but ‘Grow up’ and ‘momof3’ were rude to me. I think it’s great when people disagree with each other, life would be boring as anything if they didn’t (!), but rude is another thing.

FreeSpeech!!!! on

Phoebe…you should take your own advice and remember that people are allowed to disagree with YOU!!! And for the record, I don’t like the name Ava.

To Phoebe on

Phoebe, it’s time to let it go already, it’s not worth getting this riled up over.

I agree Renee.

A.J. on

i honestly cannot believe that this thread hasn’t been closed or something….people are being unnecessarily rude and quite frankly i find it bothersome…

Sheri on

Wow! For a while there I thought I was reading on TMZ … but then I remembered I no longer go on that site because of all the bickering. CBB, why is this happening more and more frequently on your site? I thought you screened posts. I don’t come on this site to listen to “adults” bicker and make snide comments. It’s supposed to be an enjoyable site. (Just wanted to let you know my opinion.)

grow up on

You could always follow your own “respectful” advice you mentioned above if you are this upset.

It’s not worth getting that upset over.

Can we get back to the baby article now?

J on

Many people here are openminded. I don’t know if this argument/debate will make any big changes toward people being openminded or not…lol!

dani on

jax is my sons name..jaxen is his name but only ever gets called jax