Maggie Rizer Expecting Second Son

10/02/2012 at 01:00 PM ET
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Maggie Rizer has been warmed by a ray of good news.

The modelĀ and her husband Alex Mehran will welcome their second child early next spring, Rizer tells PEOPLE exclusively. The baby — another boy — is due March 23 and will be a little sibling for the couple’s son Zander, 11 months.

Rizer, 34, grew up with four siblings and hopes to replicate the experience for her own children. “Alex and I always wanted a big family,” she explains. “We want to have as many kids as we can — within reason.”

The happy announcement follows the devastating loss of the family’s beloved golden retriever, Bea, who died on an airline flight in September. Having two children so close in age “will be just about the sweetest thing in the world,” she says. “A made-for-you best friend. We feel incredibly blessed.”

While she loves kids, Rizer is not a fan of the pregnancy experience and is looking forward to welcoming her new arrival. “I’m not that girl that’s like, ‘I love it, I can embrace it,'” she says with a laugh. “I’m like, ‘When is it going to end?'”

Zander, meanwhile, has no idea that he’ll be a big brother in a matter of months, and is just enjoying being his infant self. “He’s hysterical. He’s happy,” Rizer says of her son, who smiles when he sees his parents in the morning. “He’s standing by himself now, clapping and waving.”

“It’s so amazing,” she says, “that they come out as blobs and they develop into these real little people with great personalities.”

– Helin Jung

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Lucinda on

I like how she is honest about her pregnancy experience. It bothers me how women are pushed to say that they love being pregnant, how it puts them more in touch with their bodies blah blah blah. Good for you if that is the case, but the rest of us don’t need to feel deficient if we have an altogether different experience.

Leslie on

Nobody can make you feel deficient but you, Lucinda. Everyone is entitled to have their own experiences in life even if they are different than yours.

Joyce on

That’s a wonderful day to welcome a new baby! Its also my mom’s birthday :) Congrats to her and the family… I love babies :)

Jenny! on

Hmm i saw some model pics and well, stick to making children

terra on

How can she be a model??

carla on

I really wish some of you would get over your “How can she be a model?” BS. Maggie was a successful runway and print model from the late 90s and 2000s. Clearly, designers thought she was model worthy otherwise they wouldn’t have bothered to use her repeatedly for their shows and their ads.

JustMe on

Lucinda – right on! Although for some it IS true, I think that a lot of women, especially in the publc eye feel obligated to say being pregnant was the best time of their life. I have 4 kids and love them to pieces – but I was not a big fan of throwing up, being tired, having everything swollen, not being able to sleep and and the list goes on & on. Not everybody has an easy pregnancy and kudos to those who admit it.

lyn on

Why do we have to hear about a pregnancy every single day? There’s nothing else to write about?

Emm on

Beauty is subjective. I think she is beautiful. As a woman, I feel like we are too hard on ourselves and one another. There isn’t a perfect image. She looks happy which looks good on anyone. Also, I love babies. I’m happy with baby announcements because it is nice to be reminded that the whole world isn’t one big raunchy scandal or political “war”. It’s nice to be reminded of the small things because that is what life is about. Even daily. There is plenty of gossip. Which I’m here for that too :). Just a nice balance

Lisa on

I agree as well! I’m pregnant with my first and constantly have people asking me how wonderful it is. The truth is that other than seeing the baby on ultrasound I have hated every minute of pregnancy.

Heather on

OMG my girls were 16 months apart. I can barely remember those first 4 years because they both needed me so much. I was so overwhelmed with the needs if s newborn and a toddler that I felt I couldn’t meet any of them 100%. Now they’re best friends, peas in a pod. But those days were arduous and I feel bad for both the moms and kids with such a close age gap. You cannot stand back to enjoy it because you’re always “on” and the children never quite get what they fully need. I know, I know, here come the comments to tell me off!…

Marie on

Love to see every negative stereotype about women reinforced in Baby Blog comment section. Really, you people are awful.

Tess on

How can she know the gender already? I’m due 1.5 weeks after her – April 4 (am 14 weeks) and won’t be able to find out for another month. Weird.

Traxie on

I have nothing against Maggie Rizer, but honestly, if I hear one more celebrity describe their baby as a “blob” I will scream. It’s so disrespectful and stupid. I know Angelina Jolie got a lot of flak for saying it, but there have been a few people since then who’ve used the same horrible word (I can’t recall names now but maybe others will?)

Anonymous on

lyn- Considering this is the Moms & Babies section of PEOPLE.com, it’s a little unreasonable to think you’re not going to find articles about celebrity pregnancies here. ;)

Donna- Maggie’s a model and therefore not a “random person”.

Tess- From what I’ve read, it’s possible to find out the gender via ultrasound as early as 12 weeks (although the genitals themselves don’t form that early, there are two “lines” where they will eventually be, and the position of those “lines” is different in boys than in girls. Google “angle of the dangle” for more info!).

Also, she could have had an amniocentisis or CVS, both of which can tell you the gender. There’s even an at-home gender prediction kit now, which is apparently fairly accurate especially when it comes to boys, so perhaps she found out that way (although I doubt it, as I’d think she’d want to get it “confirmed” via ultrasound before announcing it to the world!). At any rate, it IS definitely possible for her to know the gender already. :)

Anonymous on

JustMe- Exactly! My guess is that most celebrities say pregnancy was easy and wonderful because they know they’ll probably get blasted for it (not saying that none of them DO have easy and wonderful pregnancies, just that I’m sure there ARE some that sugar-coat the truth a bit!).

Lucinda- I see what your saying, but I don’t think women who have easy, enjoyable pregnancies should have to be quiet about their experiences any more than those who don’t. It’s just like with natural birth. Some people seem to think that it isn’t right for women who have easy (and even sometimes, *gasp!*, ENJOYABLE!) natural births to talk about their experiences, and I just don’t get it!

Everybody should have a right to share their experiences, period!

Anyway, congrats to Maggie and her family!

Anonymous on

Heather- Well, Maggie has a husband to help her (it sounds like you had to go it alone), and she may very well have some hired help as well. I’m sure that will make a difference. :)

don on

She is naturally gorgeous – even without makeup.

Amit on

I think it’ll be great if her kids will be the made-for-you best friend she is hoping for…. Because not all close-age siblings are friends!

AS on

Heather. I am with you…My boys are 15 months apart and most days I feel like I am drowning. Now that my oldest is almost 4 it is slowly getting better. 2 Children that close is no joke.

Anonymous on

Traxie- To each her own, but I personally find the term endearing and cute, especially the way Maggie used it. The fact of the matter is, newborns (who don’t do much more than lie around) ARE pretty much blobs, adorable, loveable, sweet blobs!

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