Kimberly Van Der Beek’s Blog: I’m Now a Mom of Two!

03/28/2012 at 06:00 PM ET
Olivia breaks in Joshua’s hat prior to his arrival — Courtesy Van Der Beek Family

We’re thrilled to welcome our newest blogger, Kimberly Van Der Beek!

Born and raised in Washington, she married actor James Van Der Beek in August 2010 and is mother to their two children — daughter Olivia, 18 months, and son Joshua, 2 weeks (you’re hearing his name here first!).

A proponent of healthy living, Kimberly, 30, advocates consciousness for the Earth and serves as co-chair of Baby Buggy‘s Los Angeles committee.

Husband James’s new sitcomDon’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23, is now available on Hulu and will premiere April 11 on ABC.

You can find her on Facebook and @KimberlilyVDB on Twitter.

Hi! I’m Kimberly Van Der Beek and I’ll be blogging for PEOPLE over the next several months.

As I write on this rainy afternoon by the fire, I have a two-week-old baby boy in a basket at my feet and an 18-month-old girl watching more Peppa Pig than I normally find appropriate.

Allow me to take this first blog as an opportunity to acquaint you with myself…

I grew up in the small town of Seabeck, Wash. After high school I packed my bags and headed to Washington State University, where I received a degree in Communication and minored in Sociology. From there, I headed down to Los Angeles and life was never the same.

It was in L.A. where the world became small. I was introduced to new thought processes, cultures and ways of life. The people I read about in entertainment, business and politics turned into acquaintances, friends and sometimes business partners.

Business was challenging and fun. I dabbled in nutrition, publicity, eco-home building and most recently strategic advising. I traveled the world for the first time. From festivals in France, to working with the sheikhs in Abu Dhabi, and traveling to Israel with former heads of state, life seemed but a dream. But this dream proved to be unfulfilling on many levels.

Don’t get me wrong — these experiences I carry close to my heart. Exposure to different ways of life has colored me into the woman I am today. But it did not teach me about true and utter happiness. I’m talking about the kind of happiness that comes when you fall in love and have children.

During the summer of ’09, I went to Israel with my Kabbalah teacher and some of his students. It was there that I met my future husband, James. A year later, we returned to Israel to marry and soon after welcomed our first child, our daughter Olivia, into the world. And earlier this month, we had the pleasure of welcoming our son Joshua (you’ve heard his name here first!) into the family.

This new life has brought about new joys. It’s hard to top hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time, finally holding them in your arms and nursing them, or trying to cook while they’re hanging from your legs.

But let’s be real! That’s not all there is to raising kids. For every moment spent lovingly gazing into your child’s bright eyes, there’s the time you spent burping them at 3 a.m … and 4 a.m. … and 5 a.m. Sitting down to watch a movie turns into an exercise of patience as you find yourself pressing pause every 10 minutes to change a diaper, make a bottle and soothe a crying child.

It’s easy to find happiness when your child is laughing. But when you can find it after a day of colic, teething and no time to shave your legs, that’s when you know you’re in for an enjoyable journey of love and appreciation.

In the endless lessons that life continues to offer, I want to share a few that my world has provided me. I’ll be writing about things like eliminating clutter and chaos in life, learning to enjoy truly meaningful moments and getting back to the roots of life, nutritionally, spiritually and functionally.

In turn, I hope to learn from all of you. In this journey, please share with me your thoughts, lessons and tips. Leave a comment below, or you can find me on Twitter (I’m @KimberlilyVDB) and at

— Kimberly Van Der Beek

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CelebBabyBlogAddict on

Great first blog – looking forward to reading more.

Congratulations on the birth of your son. I always come on here and see pics of Olivia – she is absolutely adorable!!! Can’t wait to see a picture of Joshua too. 🙂

seila on

She seems really sweet! wish the best

klutzy_girl on

I love the name! Congratulations.

Valerie on

I love your childrens’ names-my oldest and youngest are Joshua and Olivia 🙂 Congratulations!

Tee on

Oh, I’m so excited to have you blogging here, Kimberly! I look forward to reading your future posts. Congratulations on your new son!

Tracy Martinez on

Wonder if he named his son after his fellow cast mate on Dawsons?? Congrats!! =-)

Amy on

Congrats! I enjoyed your first blog. It is very well written and down to earth.

Denise on

Congratulations to you all on baby JOSHUA. best wishes always

Elizabeth on

Hi Kimberly, congratulations all the way from New Zealand. I really enjoyed reading your first blog post and I love the fact that you have named your children so beautifully. I am a mother of two gorgeous girls, Rose is almost 3 and Caroline is 7 months. I look forward to hearing more of your family life. Kindest regards, Elizabeth.

Lyd on

@Tracy, I thought the same thing when I heard the name Joshua. Perhaps it is after Joshua Jackson. 🙂

goodluck on

Wow! Another new blogger! You sound a very nice person and I hope you don’t regret blogging here. The women are here can be very rude, judgmental, and extremely hurtful.

I read these blogs to get an insight into motherhood, I’m not a mom yet. However, the comment section always makes me think twice about joining the mom club–does becoming a mother make everyone forget their manners?

Anyway, I look forward to reading your blog. Congratulations on the new baby! 🙂

Lori on

Always glad to hear about children with NORMAL names!

carol on

I love watching James now I can read about him and his family. That’s a good thing.

andthegirlsays on

I wonder if the kids’ names are after the trees. Like Olive tree and Joshua tree.

Sloanesmomma on

Very excited about you blogging…My daugher, Sloane was born on Sept 25, 2010…excited to hear thing about Olivia!!!!

Faye on

Congrats James and family! Joshua is a good strong, classic name.

Clairesamsmom on

Congrats on your newest family member….baby Joshua! I am also a mommy of 2, a girl & boy as well. I agree with you…. as wonderful as motherhood is… It’s also quite humbling and challenging. I love being a mommy more than anything…. But it’s definetly the hardest job I’ve ever had! I am very excited to read your blog… Your little girl is precious… Looking forward to hearing more from you!

Jillian on


Congrats and I am happy you will be blogging. I agree with goodluck. People on here can be so very rude. I hope you know that you have so many fans that support you no matter what and would never personally attack you for things you can’t control.


Marie on

Loved your first blog!!

m on

Joshua is a beautiful name. I agree, she seems very sweet and level headed. I’m actually excited about a People blogger for once!

Eonyk on

I can’t stop laughing. Not at you Kim, you seem like a lovely lady. No, I’m laughing about the fact you named your son Joshua. After all the reports of how much James (your husband) and Joshua Jackson (his Dawson’s Creek co-star) did NOT get along, I’m stunned he would agree to name his son Joshua.

Now all I can think of is FRINGE whenever I read about Olivia (also the name of the female lead character on Fringe) and Joshua (Jackson, star of Fringe). It’s all very amusing to me, but not in a nasty way. I just wonder if James ever honestly thought one day he’d name his kid Joshua? Life is very odd, isn’t it?

Best wishes for you both and your family!

Meg on

Your children have really nice names. Love Peppa Pig!!

hutch099 on

Thank goodness….a celebrity who gave their children real names.

tactiletheworld on

Kimberly, welcome!

I usually don’t comment on People’s blogs, but I HAD to comment on yours when I saw you came from SEABECK!!! I go there EVERY YEAR for the Deaf-blind Camp at Seabeck Retreat and eat at the pizza joint, Seabeck Espresso and go for waterski rides on the bay.

I haven’t been there in three years but I heard it’s changed now. It’s a picture of serenity and nature. I can link its nature-tranquility to who you are.

Good luck with blogging! and p.s. write a blog on Seabeck and how they raise their kids, will ya?

stacey on

A celebrity family that actually names their kids normal names….I must say I’m completely shocked! Really enjoyed your first blog!!!

sat on

Congratulations! You are beautiful and I love the family photo you shared! Best of luck with all you do!!

Holiday on

You sound like such a normal down to earth person! I remember the transition to two kids and it was not easy in the beginning. I felt pulled in so many places. My son is now 6 and my daughter is 22 months and though its still difficult in many ways, it is so much easier then when she was a newborn! Your daughter is beautiful!

Allison on

Sounds like you’ve lived a fantastic life. I am a single mom with an almost 15 month old daughter, and I think I like Peppa Pig more than she does, lol! Nothing wrong with enjoying nick jr and sprout with your little one. I completely identify with all of the motherly aspects of your blog, but am still (quite anxiously) waiting for the man of my dreams to come and sweet me off my feet. A bit of a tall order these days, I know. Look forward to reading more from you.

Denise on

Congratulations on your beautiful family. And I LOVE your dress! Who is it by?

Ashley on

Welcome Kimberly! And I applaud you and your husband for your children’s normal names, wow, that’s refreshing 🙂 Hope you are having a good day, it was interesting reading about your life, too!

Felicia on

Such a nice name! Both of their children have fabulously, classic names. Congratulations to them both

Jen on

Beautiful names for beautiful children. What a lovely family. God bless you and your family.

Alecia on

Hi Kimberly! Congrats to you, James, Olivia & your extended family on the birth of Joshua. I enjoyed reading this post filled with alot of insight & look forward to reading your future posts.

K on

Beautifully written! I look forward to reading your blogs.

Heather Yocum on

I have watched James on Dawson’s Creek and Im so happy for the 2 of you that you found each other and have 2 beautiful children. I wish you all the best.

Leah on

Great to see someone from Washington blog! From a Husky to a Cougar, welcome 🙂

J on

Goodluck and Jillian, why do you have to go in and warn her about nastiness and such when a simple welcome would have worked? If these bloggers (well all but one anyway) can ignore the nastier people and focus on the good then why can’t you?

Goodluck, if comment sections of blogs and whatnot make you think twice about being a mom then maybe it’s good that you’re thinking like that if you let comments get to you that much.

Kimberly Van Der Beek on

It’s Kimberly here! THANK YOU for all the warm welcomes, it put a big smile on my face this morning. 🙂

I’ll be so much better about responding to questions on my Facebook/kimberlyvdb page because – well anyone can say they are Kimberly on here and have at it – plus it’s just a little easier.

And Denise, the dress is “Daughters of Revolution.” The dresses are lightweight and this style goes from pregnancy to postnatal and back to your “regular size” seamlessly. I’m a big fan!


Linny on

I watched James on Dawson’s Creek when I was a teenager. I think you two look so beautiful together. You both seem so happy.

I’m so glad that you are on here now. I think it’s wonderful that you are an educated woman who has not been jaded by the Hollywood scene. You are stunning and your daughter is gorgeous! Something about you makes you seem so classic and elegant (yet after reading your blog I realize you are also very down to earth). I’m very much looking forward to reading your blogs.

Congrats on the wonderful family! I truly believe James and you are meant to be and will grow old together.

goodluck on

@ J, I guess I should have explained myself better. I would never let a bunch of rude blog comments keep me from having children. I was simply saying that I’m shocked that people can speak about the beauty of creating life and then turn around and trash another human being so easily. But, you’re right I should have simply said welcome to Kimberly. So, again welcome Kimberly–I look forward to reading your blog! 🙂

Bridget on

GO COUGS!!!!!!

shopcorie on

this entry sounds so refreshing, frank, and balanced. i, too, look forward to more candid yet down-to-earth (and dare i say “relate-able”?!) posts from this blogger!

DaisyMoon on

After reading about one celeb who thinks she’s raising an actual Bear, I love the normalcy these parents exude…the kid’s names alone are an example.

Pretty sure there’s no gross mouth-to-mouth feeding in this household.

By the way, does Kimberly remind anyone else of Laura Leighton (“Melrose Place”)…dig the red hair!

amandamay on

Seabeck!! I used to spend every summer at Seabeck Conference Center (or more specifically, hanging out outside Seabeck Pizza lol) Loved the blog 🙂

Jen on

Looking forward to your blog! Loved the first one! How true about finding happiness at the end of a day (or night) of teething! lol Your family is beautiful 🙂

mindy on

I just had my daughter’s first birthday today and I am pregnant with Baby #2 who will be born when my daughter is 19 months. I would LOVE to read anything you have to say about how things are going with two under two. I have a tiny bit of worry about my daughter adjusting and most of my friends have babies farther apart. Thanks!

Mia on

Hoping baby #2 is a redhead like mom!

normal on

Normal names finally a celebrity in recent news gave their child a normal child name

ckc on

thanks for making me feel like a ‘normal’ mom!

Sunny on

Finally, normal names!! They are pretty names too. Congrats on the bouncing baby boy bundle of joy!!!

Cat on

Welcome to’s baby blog. I do love to read about other mom’s experiences and hope you enjoy your time here with us. I do agree with goodluck as well that you are likley to get a lot of rude comments and some that have NOTHING at all do with your blog. However just let those go and enjoy your blogging time as we’ll enjoy reading and reflecting with you.

Nita on

Does anybody know where to buy the pretty maternity dress/shirt that kimberly is wearing? It’s so lovely! I would love to buy it!

KW on

I enjoyed your post. It’s hard to work at home and raise your babies. People don’t realize what a challenge it can be! My (only) daughter is nearly 6 now, and while I will always cherish her infancy and toddlerhood, I love that she can pee on her own! 🙂 I love kids, and it seems like you do too. I like that you seem like a down-to-earth person. It’s refreshing. Thanks!

Liv on

My name is Olivia and I loved Dawson’s Creek when I was a teenager!

Sheila on

Reading what you said about pausing a movie, changing diapers makes me laugh. As I have already reaised 3 beautiful children, 25, 28 & 29 year old. At 48 I am now raising my infant Grandson who is one of the joys of my life. I have 3 Grandchildren who I eat sleep and breath for. But for our Grandson we are raising I find I have more patience then I did 20 years ago and the getting up isn’t so hard this time. In fact I cherish those early morning feeding to just cuddle and bond.

Happy to not be rushing to feed one to diapers the other and chase the next as it was when I raised my little ones.

As said so many times, if I had it to do over again I would do it differently.

But I wouldn’t change my life for anything.

Looking forward to your upcoming articles.

Lauren on

I loved your comment about pausing the movie every 10 minutes. As a first time mom, my husband and I am learing patience. Congrats on the Baby Boy, try to take some time for yourself. Kids are truly a blessing!

Sarah on


I normally would never post on a blog, but I found yours so refreshing! Your former life experiences are what made you the mom that you are now. It’s all been leading up to this! THIS is the biggest, most important job you will ever have. Use those talents to train up your little ones.. The world will be a better place for it!

from Canada

Rhoda on

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. As a small town SC girl, I sometimes forget that “Hollywood” has actual people in it too. 🙂

I wanted to share my story with you briefly. My husband and I tried for years to get pregnant and finally gave it to God. I was 37 when I was shocked to find myself with child. I had alot of health issues and too many problems during pregnancy to name but on May 29, 2009 we welcomed our son, Reed (my maiden name) into this world. I was only 31 weeks pregnant and he weighed in at a whopping 2 lbs 8 oz. I have never been so scared in my life. Each day was a new adventure for us as we visited him at the NICU. Any little ounce gained was a milestone. The first time we were allowed to hold our child was so awesome I bawled the entire time. He stayed in NICU for 7 weeks, came home at 4 lbs 5 oz and has flourished. He now weighs 32 lbs and has NO lingering effects from being born so early. He’s the light of my life.. my heart beat and I can’t imagine never having felt this kind of love. Being a parent is a gift and I’m really thankful that I get to watch this amazing child grow into an amazing adult.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to your blogs. God bless. PS: Loved DC..:)

Kay on

So excited to read more from you Kimberly! You write beautifully and have such a lovely family! So nice to read a blog on here that I feel I can relate to and actually LEARN from. :} Ahh fantastic and refreshing! Thanks!

EC on


I saw James on Live with Kelly last week, and he seems like such a great dad…but behind every great dad is a mom who can handle anything! I don’t have any kids myself, but I am considered the favorite aunt for my 3 nieces & 1 nephew, so I really appreciate your point of view on “regular people” raising kids in Hollywood. Congratulations on having two gorgeous kids, and keep up the great work on your blog!