Reese Witherspoon Expecting Third Child

03/21/2012 at 01:30 PM ET
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Reese Witherspoon turns 36 on Thursday, but she’s already received the gift she’d long hoped for: a new baby is on the way!

After weeks of speculation — whipped up after the actress sported a series of loose, bump-concealing frocks — several Witherspoon pals confirm that yes, the Oscar winner and her husband of almost one year, Hollywood talent agent Jim Toth, are expecting their first child together.

“They are both thrilled,” a friend tells PEOPLE.

Already a mom to daughter Ava, 12, and son Deacon, 8, whom she had with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, Witherspoon had spoken in the past of her desire to expand her family.

“I would love to have more kids,” she told Britain’s Closer in January. “My children are the best part of my day.”

Toth, whom she married last March in a country-chic ceremony at the actress’s ranch in Ojai, Calif., “has always wanted kids,” adds the friend. “He adores Ava and Deacon.”

Now the whole family is eagerly anticipating their new addition.

“Jim and Reese are looking forward to having a bigger family at this point in life,” says the friend. “They can take the time to enjoy the next stage and make sure the transition for all is easy and joyful.”

– Alison Schwartz and Michelle Tauber

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Heather Lynn on

I literally just screamed YES!!! out loud! My favorite actress! I’m so happy for her and I don’t even know her! Congrats to Jim, Reese, Ava and Deacon!!

klutzy_girl on

I literally just squealed! I’ve suspected she was pregnant for weeks and I figured the US headline was right this morning, but yay! I’m so happy for them!

Congratulations.

stephanie on

Congratulation on the new baby but her husband had a awful last name Toth NOWAY I put that last name for my Baby especially if it is a Boy.

Julianna on

Aw! That’s sweet! A new husband, a new baby… Congratulations, Reese!

Rusty on

How nice for them. I have to say, I’m not remotely surprised by this announcement, Reese seems to really love being a mom.

@Stephanie — How random, I have no idea what your trying to say. Toth is a very common Hungarian surname. It’s not like his name is Butte or Focker.

Liz on

I was SO happy to hear this too. I didn’t know she wanted more kids. Her and her new husband are so cute together!

Noelle on

I’m not surprised at all. I thought she was pregnant. I’m so excited for this baby. LOVE Reese!!!

JMO on

Stephanie I can think of a lot worse of last names then Toth!!

yay! I thought that she had a bump in recent pics!! Congrats! She’s an awesome mommy already so no doubt this is one lucky baby!

Tee on

Well, it’s about time this announcement was made official! I’m so happy for them!

S1 on

Count me in for squealing aloud when I read this! I always liked her as an actress, but I gained SO much respect for her as a person when I saw how privately and positively she handled her divorce, how she tries to protect her children’s privacy, and how she nurtured her relationship with Jim and made it and their wedding just about them and the kids, not trying to stir up publicity. Yay for their family!!!

Melissa on

Congrats to them, but what happened to People getting things confirmed? It doesn’t say Reese or her reps confirmed it, just her pals did.

Pamela on

Very exciting!! I love the names Ava and Deacon, so I can’t wait to hear what she and her husband decide to name the new little one! Best of luck!

Ashley on

LOL at Rusty, ha ha! True :)

Catca on

Congratulations to the Toth family! Reese’s new husband seems like a really nice guy.

Erika on

Congratulations to them! I was hoping they would have a child together. I’m sure s/he will be beautiful, just like Reese’s other kids!

Sarah S. on

How wonderful for all of them–much congratulations!! :)

kjc on

I agree Melissa. As soon as I saw that it was confirmed by friends, I was a little disappointed. I think it’s best when People wait to confirm it with their reps – but I understand if other news outlets are announcing it, they gotta get in there too.

Anyway, not at all surprised. I was sure she and her husband would want children together. Im a Reese fan and I’m happy for them, and can’t wait to watch her pregnancy progress.

… Although I just want to add that I really liked Reese and Jake Gyllenhal as a couple.

torgster on

Stephanie you aren’t making sense. Does Toth mean something strange or sound odd to you? It’s just an average name. Also, why worse if the baby is a boy? I just don’t follow.

Shannon on

I hope she knows her friends confirmed the news on her behalf. Awkward.

Yasminda on

Many blessings and congratulations to Reese and her beautiful family. Can’t help but to feel really happy for her. She’s just one of those rare celebrities that appears to be genuine. Best of luck to her!!!

Shelby on

SHUT UP! I am so flipping excited for her, ahh! I saw the rumors but didn’t want to get too excited. Congrats to Reese and family!

B.J. on

I didn’t even know she had re-married…

Lis on

I just got chills!!! I had NO IDEA there was speculation, so it makes it that much more exciting! I agree, she seems like a wholesome, kind, down to earth mommy :) So happy for them! Just my gut, but I’m thinking it’s a girl………….!!!! Wonder when she’s due?!

shalay on

Congrats to them! I love the names Ava and Deacon, so I can’t wait to hear what they call the new baby.

@Stephanie, would you mind elaborating on why exactly you think Toth is a bad surname? I honestly don’t get your comment. Does it mean something in another language? Because to me it sounds like any other average last name.

Brianne on

Congratulations Reese and Jim! SO happy for you 2!!!

Paige on

So excited to hear this news. Love her. :)

Congratulations to Reese, Jim, Ava, and Deacon!

Doreen on

I also squealed with DELIGHT!!! WOOOHOOOO!!!

Valerie on

How exciting! Good for her :) I’m guessing she must be nearly 5 months along, considering she was already showing (a little!) in pictures taken over a month ago ;)

Indira on

It so weird that she’s only 36. She’s been around forever and her daughter is fairly old. Congrats to her, she seems like a nice gal.

Anonymous on

Awww, congrats to them! And as for PEOPLE confirming it with friends and not reps, perhaps Reese and Jim decided that was the way they wanted to announce it (in otherwords, they gave Reese’s friends permission to announce the news to PEOPLE). :)

Anonymous on

Also meant to say that it should be quite interesting to hear how Reese deals with a newborn and a teenager at the same time (she recently said that she’s worried about what being the mom of a teenager is going to be like)! :)

Jillian on

Friends is a loose term. And can mean so much when verifying a story in Hollywood. I have seen “friends” confirm stories that are not true. I hope this is true and if so will be happy for them. I think speculation is tacky for this magazine and can’t see a celeb telling their friends to tell the mags. That’s not how they do it. They tell the publicists or do it themselves bc so much gets transposed. Speculation can hurt if not true. Been there and been hurt.

Mary

Emily on

So happy about this announcement. Reese is my favourite all time actress and I love her family. She is so gorgeous. Can’t wait to see what she has xx

Jazzy on

Congrats to the happy couple!

Sidenote: Who thinks she will give birth before Jessica Simpson??? LOL

annachestnut on

I think Reese is really pretty.

Mia on

Congrats – esp. after her divorce + now a new marriage + later a new baby.

So nice to see people do it right + actually think before they make a commitment with somebody via marriage + a child.

I’m sure baby #3 will be a mini-Reese too!

Laura on

Awesome news. Congratulations to them.

Rose on

How wonderful !

Carrie Jo on

Yay! I am so happy for them!!

grandpamaynardspumpkin on

Congrats Reese, Jim, Deacon & Ava on baby #3!!!! Even though I don’t know you all I’m very happy for you all & I’ll be keeping you all in my prayers until that little one comes!!!

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