Drew Barrymore welcomed baby girl Olive Barrymore Kopelman last week

I was going to do some “breaking news” coverage of this yesterday, and then I remembered that for the past year or so, the interest in all things Drew Barrymore are significantly dropped off. Unless we’re making fun of her horrible Chanel wedding gown, I think most of us don’t really care…? Well, we all care about weddings and babies, right? So Drew finally gave birth. In my pregnancy betting pool, I actually had a bet (with myself) that Drew would give birth within one week of Reese Witherspoon. So I win! Drew gave birth to a baby girl BEFORE Reese!

Drew Barrymore is a mom! The actress and Will Kopelman welcomed their first child – a daughter — on Wednesday, PEOPLE confirms.

“We are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Olive Barrymore Kopelman, born Sept. 26th, healthy, happy and welcomed by the whole family,” the couple tell PEOPLE in a statement.

“Thank you for respecting our privacy during this most special time in our lives.”

Although rumors of pregnancy began swirling in February, Barrymore, 37, never said a word, preferring to let her June wedding portrait speak for itself. In it, her husband — an art consultant — gently cradles his wife’s growing baby belly.

“I can’t wait until I have my children,” the actress recently told Haute Living, indirectly referring to her pregnancy. “I just want to build fun, great things for my family.”

In recent weeks, Barrymore had been spotted attending prenatal yoga classes and spending time with Kopelman’s parents, who were in town ahead of the birth.

“Drew is so motherly,” a source told PEOPLE in January. “Will would like to be a dad. Family is so important to him.”

[From People]

I’m really happy she had a girl – I think she’ll do well with a daughter, you know? As for the name… yeah, this is Drew Barrymore we’re talking about. She could have done a lot worse than “Olive”. The Drew of yesteryear would have gone balls-out with some flowery weirdness, so let’s just be thankful that she pared it down to “Olive”. And I like the use of the mother’s maiden name as a middle name. Sometimes I wish I had my mother’s maiden as a middle name – although it would sound really weird with my Indian name. Anyway, congrats to the happy family!

Photos courtesy of WENN.

 

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  1. brin says:

    Congrats! I like that she named the baby after her cartoon reindeer character…so cute!

  2. Laurabb says:

    Olive the other raindeer!!! Love it!

  3. brin says:

    Side note: Michael K made a funny comment about how Drew’s hubby, Anne’s new hub and Reese’s hub are the same person.

  4. Hillshmill says:

    It’s that time of the year when all the Christmas babies pop.

  5. Suz says:

    Heh – interchangeable hubbies! Sort of true.

    Drew was one of those pregnant women whose face changed significantly, so much so that she looked like someone else.

    I like Olive. Seems like more parents are going for that rather than Olivia, which was super popular for several years.

    And I *love* JJ Martinez’s little kid on the cover of that People magazine. He is beaming like the proud dad he is!

  6. Charlotte says:

    Congratulations to them. I hope she’s found the peace that was lacking for so long.

  7. Joan says:

    It’s nice to see her so happy and I wish her all the best. I’m sure the baby is just gorgeous.

    Here is a silly joke: Imagine she had had a daughter via her marriage with Tom Green. She could have been called Olive Green. :)

  8. Jayna says:

    I love the name Olivia, no so much Olive. But it’s far better than Apple and Maxwell.

  9. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    I always love Drew Barrymore posts! More please!

    I remember reading that she said “family” was an upsetting word for her. She’s clearly overcome that very bravely. Pretty impressive.

  10. Katyusha says:

    I don’t understand why cliches like, “welcomed by the whole family” and “over the moon” are used for pregnancies and births. Of course, they are.

    Would anyone really say, “The baby was welcomed by only part of the family,” or “welcomed by all but one member,” or “when they found out about their pregnancy, they really really f-ing disappointed.”

    That’s really annoying.

  11. L says:

    Olive is my husband’s grandmothers name, so I think its sweet.

    So much better than Reese’s name. Tennessee?

  12. lucy2 says:

    Congrats to them! I like the name Olive, it’s cute.
    Drew seems to be in such a great place, and after everything she went through as a kid, it’s wonderful to see her doing so well.

  13. jc126 says:

    Congrats to her, but Olive? Yucky name. Could always be a worse name, of course.

  14. Lisa says:

    I like that name. I’d prefer Olivia, though. Love that name, but she’s only a letter away.

  15. Jenna says:

    Congrats to her.

    But I don’t think ‘Olive’ is a cute name. Not to mention that I absolutely hate olives. Bleh. I hate when I accidentally eat one. The only ‘Olive’ I like is with Popeye.

  16. KellyinSeattle says:

    I don’t like the name, Olive. Maybe they’ll call her Olly.

  17. Olive says:

    Hey she stole my name!!! Actually, it’s my dogs name ;)

  18. Isa says:

    I love the name olive but I would never name my child that. So we named the batshit crazy dog my sister got, Olive.
    If her baby daddy and Jessica Simpsons stood side by side I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart.

  19. Electra says:

    “Olive” from Little Miss Sunshine?

  20. apsutter says:

    Olive is a cute name. I have a friend who named his daughter Sage and I love that. Side note- little Olive was born on my birthday! I’ve always loved how many of my friends and myself were X-mas/new years babies so we can all celebrate together.

  21. dcypher1 says:

    I like olive I think its cuuute very drew.

  22. EscapedConvent says:

    Is Ryan Reynolds married to both Blake Lively *and* Drew Barrymore?

  23. Rachel says:

    I love Drew! “Olive” is very old-fashioned–maybe it’s a family name?