Essence Atkins Welcomes Son Varro

12/27/2011 at 10:00 AM ET

Essence Atkins and her husband Jaime Mendez got the best present they could have asked for on Christmas Day — a son.

“Found [happiness] … our 1st baby, a beautiful healthy boy, was born on Christmas Day! #blessing,” the Are We There Yet? actress, 39, Tweeted Tuesday. The baby is reportedly named Varro.

He’s the first child for the couple, who were married in September 2009 after meeting on

Atkins had a relatively painless pregnancy up until the final weeks, she writes.

“I’m convinced the last month of pregnancy prepares [you for] no sleep when the baby arrives. Ugh, I’ve been awake 21 hours,” she Tweeted recently.

— Liz Raftery

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Congrats!! Love on…awesome!!

K Tawk on

Congratulations to Jaime and Essence! Welcome little guy! A child is such a blessing and joy to have. I have seen Essence in probably almost every movie or tv show she has done and she is awesome!

Taunya Curry on

Congratulations to the happy couple.

LPW on

That’s wonderful!

Jes on

LOVE this actress, don’t understand why she isn’t in more leading roles. Congrats to her and her hubby and their new little man. Best wishes to the new family.

Shannon on

Congrats! I bet he’s a cutie!

Princey on

What a wonderful gift. Blessings to the whole family.

Anonymous on

A Christmas baby! How nice! Congrats! I think her hubby looks like Rick Fox jussst a little 🙂

Nella on

I agree with Anonymous! Definitely see a bit of resemblence! Congrats to them on their bundle of joy!


Congratulations! That baby is gonna be so cute when he grows up. Yeah, she’s a great actress; I’ve seen her in various roles and liked her performances. I hope she’s doing something again soon after adjusting to motherhood first. Congratulations again. 🙂

Sus on

Hubby is Rick Fox and Mama is one of twins from Sister Sister! Wow!!!

Anonymous on

For curiosty’s sake, I clicked on where it says “a son”, and it turns out that Essence’s baby boy was born right on his due date (the earlier article linked to mentions that she was due “on Christmas Day”)! Congrats to her and her husband, and I hope we get to here the name and see pictures soon!

tommygolden on

Congrats to the couple. Sus… The father is not Rick Fox. He is dating someone else. Essensce is not one of the twins from Sister Sister. That would be Tia and Tamera Mowrey.

Jas on

His name is Varro Mendez. Congrats

Denise on

Congrats to the lovely couple and Essence is one of my fav actresses and I remember seeing her beautiful wedding pics online. Sooo happy for her and glad she found a cool hubby.

Denise on

I have always liked Essence and still enjoy old episodes of ‘Half and Half.’ Congrats and many happy blessings to the lovely couple 🙂

cc on

Congrats to the new Mommy and Daddy.

queenofhearts on

Congratulations to Essence & Jaime!!

I read on another website he’s called Varro??

mztique on

Aww that is so beautiful! Congrats to the couple on their bundle of joy.