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-husbandRyan 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 magazine 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.”
Awww, Reese! Congratulations, girl! So happy for you! You look super happy with your new-ish husband, and it looks like you’ve been working on getting pregnant for a hot minute now! I’m glad things are working out for you, and I hope you’re so, so happy! Happy enough to do a Pleasantville sequel one day, one might say.
But man, is it baby season now or what? We’ve got Jessica Simpson and Snooki cooking up some babies, and now Reese. Who’s next? Jessica Biel? Miley Cyrus? Apparently anything is possible these days when it comes to celebrities’ uteruses (uteruses? Uteri? Wikipedia says either one is cool), so give it your wildest shot. Shoot for the moon, you guys, and even if you miss, some random D-Lister will get knocked up.