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Mariska Hargitay Talks About Her Two New Babies

A couple of weeks ago, we got Netflix. And it was a Big Deal. We moved into our apartment in November, and we never got cable, so it’s been about five months of buying dozens and dozens of used movies (I’d never really seen Jurassic Park all the way through before, and now I could probably act out all three movies with zero trouble, especially the parts with the raptors), used seasons of shows (oh my goodness, you guys, did you ever see Jericho? It lasted for a season and a half, from 2006 to 2008, I believe, and it’s awesome [and also on Netflix]), and watching stuff online (through Hulu, of course). So Netflix is a whole new world to me. There’s Bridalplasty and Bridezillas and My Fair Wedding and so many Animal Planet shows. It’s tremendous, it really is.

Do you know what’s on Netflix? You probably do, because you’ve probably had it for a few years now, but listen: there are 272 episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit on there. 272 episodes. If every episode is about 43 minutes, that’s just short of 11,700 minutes of SVU, which means 11,700 minutes of Mariska Hargitay being beautiful, graceful, and charming.

Unfortunately, that interview that Ellen did with Mariska up there is only four minutes and 24 seconds of all that, but it’s completely worth it. It’s all about how Mariska adopted her daughter, Amaya, and then just a few months later adopted her youngest son, Andrew. Babies!

Just in case you can’t watch the video and need a part of the adorable, here’s this:

Mariska Hargitay recently opened up about her family’s heart-wrenching experience last year when the adoption she and her husband Peter Hermann were finalizing fell through. And while things worked out in the end — they’re now the proud parents of a 12-month-old Amaya — Hargitay is no stranger to emotional rollercoaster that comes with adoption.

So when the family’s lawyer called them up just months later, saying that they had a newborn boy who was ready to be adopted, the 48-year-old actress was completely overjoyed.

“It was one of those things that we were not expecting at all and my husband and looked at each other and have never have been more sure about anything,” she told Ellen DeGeneres Wednesday about adopting their son Andrew, 9 months.

Adding that Andrew, who was just two-months-old at the time, arrived in their arms just two days later — an anomaly for an adoption — the Law and Order: SVU actress began to tear up.

“This has been a year of true blessings,” she tearfully told DeGeneres, who handed her a tissue.

Hargitay and Hermann are also parents to biological son August, 5.

Man, is she wonderful or what?

Mariska Hargitay Has A New Baby!

A photo of Mariska Hargitay

Sigh.  Beautiful, beautiful Mariska.  Let’s not pretend like we all haven’t spent a full day in our pajamas, watching reruns of Law and Order: SVU that we’ve seen a million times and practically weeping over Mariska’s elegance and grace.  We’ve all done that, right?

Regardless, the adorable little addition to Mariska’s family, Amaya Josephine (precious!), should bring a smile to your face, and if it doesn’t, then check out Mariska’s statement:

“I’m deliriously happy,” Hargitay, 47, tells PEOPLE. “From the minute she was born, she was just surprisingly alert and so full of love.”

“We were considering both international and domestic adoption and we’re thrilled that this is the way our prayers were answered,” she adds. “We talked a lot about mixed-race adoptions, and we are very excited that we are now a multi-racial family. We’re just so happy she’s here.”

And there’s one family member who’s more excited than anyone: Hargitay’s 4½-year-old son, August.

“He is over the moon,” says the actress. “He calls her his baby because he says the whole thing was his idea. He always talks about how he’s going to protect her. He’s going to be a great big brother.”

If that doesn’t warm your heart, then just check out these old pictures of Detective Stabler in a silly hat, and if that doesn’t work, then I’m sorry you’re so dead inside.

Image courtesy of People

These Pictures Are Adorable

I saw these photos and I had to share them with you because they are like, such a moment in time. It’s Ann-Margret celebrating her Emmy Nomination (a couple weeks late?) with the stars of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. These photos are more or less everything I love about entertainment in one photo: old school babes, sex crimes, Christopher Meloni and beautiful flowers. If Nicki Minaj could rap over these photos, they’d be perfect. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.