Kendra Wilkinson welcomes son Hank Baskett IV

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Kendra Wilkinson went into labor yesterday, and she gave birth to a son early this morning via C-section. Kendra and husband Hank Baskett have confirmed that they are naming their son Hank Baskett IV, and the baby weighs 9 pounds, 5 ounces. Kendra gave birth in Indianapolis. Kendra had previously told US Weekly that the baby was unplanned: “We always hinted to each other that we wouldn’t mind having kids soon. We weren’t trying, but we didn’t use a condom that night.” Kendra also admitted that her first pregnancy was very emotional, and that she was amazed by how much her boobs grew. The couple tells E! News that everyone is happy and healthy, and it sounds like everything went well:

Look what Kendra Wilkinson found under the tree this year!

The E! star and her NFL-player hubby Hank Baskett welcomed their first child together, son Hank Baskett IV, at 12:37 a.m. Friday in Indianapolis.

The wee one was delivered via C-section, weighing a robust 9 pounds, 5 ounces. (He is a football player’s son, after all.)

“We’re happy and healthy and enjoying every second with little Hank,” the proud parents exclusively tell E! News.

Hank, 27, and Kendra, 24, swapped vows in June in a glamorous ceremony at the Playboy Mansion, where the bride called home for four years—and where she met Hank (at the Playboy Scramble) in 2008.

Two of Kendra’s bridesmaids and former Girls Next Door costars, big spender Bridget Marquardt and Peep Show star Holly Madison, have also been eagerly awaiting the arrival of their pal’s little boy.

“I can’t wait to meet little Hank!” Holly told E!. “I am so excited for Kendra and Hank. They are going to have the best holiday ever!”

“This is what I call a Christmas gift that will keep on giving (and taking…lol)!!!” Bridget said in an email to E! News. “I wish both of them and little Hank Jr. a lifetime of joy and happiness! The only things I wonder…Can I help plan the birthday parties and how will they top this gift next Christmas???”

Added Kendra’s other onetime roommate, Hugh Hefner: “I send my love to Kendra, Hank and the baby on this memorable day.”

And they’ll take it.

After Hank was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts, the couple and their two dogs, Rascal and Martini, relocated from Philadelphia and are now living in the same gated community as Indiana Pacers star Jermaine O’Neal, though they plan on house-hunting in L.A. so that they can live there in the off-season.

“I never in my wildest dreams thought that little Hank would be born in Indianapolis,” Kendra told the Indianapolis Star.

“People come up to me, but it’s very different,” she said of living in the decidedly low-key (lower than L.A., at least) capital city. “They’re not all up in my grill. They’re very caring. Everybody’s been so helpful.”

Not that living in a town full of kind strangers has changed the former Playmate’s ribald sense of humor.

“I told Hank, ‘Do you know what you’re getting in your stocking this Christmas?’” she joked. “Not coal—well a little bit of that—but condoms. A whole lot of condoms. I want a little girl. In a couple of years.”

[From E! News]

Congratulations to Kendra and Hank and little Hank! Though I make fun of the old “Girls Next Door” I don’t wish them ill, and I like how Kendra seemed to really calm down and take a step back once she got together with Hank. Granted, I may feel that way because I stopped paying attention to her, but she wasn’t as in-your-face about everything. I hope she’s happy in Indiana, and I am genuinely happy for her!

Kendra and Hank at the ‘Transformers 2’ premiere in Los Angeles on June 22, 2009. Credit: WENN.

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  1. DoMaJoReMc says:

    I absolutely LOVE these two as a couple. I wish them all the love and joy and happiness in the world!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE BASKETT FAMILY!

  2. smallwonder2738 says:

    Aw.. congrats to them! They are the cutest!

    9lbs 5oz… wow… she has such a tiny frame, lucky for her she got a c-section!!

  3. Firestarter says:

    I watched her show *hangs head* and grew to really like her and Hank.

    Congrats to them both!

  4. heb says:

    I love Kendra and Hank! I hate football but when the Colts are on I stop channel surfing to see if I can see him!

    Congratulations Kendra and Hank!

  5. Judy says:

    I like them, too. What a great early Christmas present! 9 lbs., 5 oz.–Wow!

  6. Jillian says:

    After reading some interviews in Us and the like, I am worried about that baby. I hope someone shows them the ropes on how to change and care for a baby before they leave the hospital. She seems pretty vacant and clueless.

    And wow, 9 lbs!

  7. dude says:

    Lucky to hank sr. she got a c-section. woow! Congrats tho! Cant wait to see the beautiful baby!

  8. heb says:

    Jillian–don’t worry, I’m sure they’ve hired a baby nurse

  9. Kimble says:

    @Jillian – yeah, really worrying because we were all such experts when we took home our first born.

    Amazing though it seems, most babies survive well despite their parents being clueless!

  10. Frenchie says:

    I would send her parmesan bread if I could !…
    Congratulations,
    I wish them a lot of good things
    and lots of sunday family lunch at their nearest Olive Garden restaurant !

  11. Iggles says:

    I like these two. Congratulations!!!

  12. Kolby says:

    Emine – if the baby was born at 12:37 it could mean that she had to have a c-section after attempting to give birth vaginally without success. Most scheduled c-sections don’t happen in the middle of the night. She’s quite petite, and a 9lb-5oz baby is probably too huge for her to push out on her own.

  13. Obvious says:

    i adore her. and they are awesome together. i can’t even watch the new girls next door, and the old girls respective shows just aren’t as entertaining.

  14. EMINE says:

    for kolby-i said that i understand why she gave birth through c- section because of her son’s dimensions ,but not all the celebs ‘children have these dimensions,so why do they choose c-section?It is so much easier to recover after a natural birth.

  15. Canadian Fan says:

    @ EMINE: Given the fact that the vast majority of celebs have multiple sexual partners and most likely do not use any type of protection, it’s a valid theory that in the cases of pre planned c-section, it is quite likely that mommy in question has some type of STI that requires medical intervention. (i.e. Britney Spears)

  16. lastwordlinda says:

    C-section and a tummy tuck immediately after. That’s why. Never mind that it is better for the baby to be born vaginally whenever possible. Let’s just worry about what we are going to look like in a bikini. And for all the Moms reading this that had to have a C-section. I completely understand that there are lots of other reasons to need to have your baby that way. However, my mother gave birth to 9 lbs babies without a C section, my grandmother did it with my father and he was 10 lbs and my daughter weighed 9 lbs when she was born and gave birth to her vaginally and without an epidural (not my choice, believe me). It is always better for the baby to be born naturally. The squeezing of the birth canal actually helps the baby get rid of fluid that is on the lungs among other many important things. Nature designed it this way for a reason.

  17. jive says:

    Man…I am SO GLAD so many of you here…

    1: Know this couple personally and well enough to comment on why their baby was born the way it was.

    And

    2: To know what is best for everyone around you, regardless of the fact that the uterus and vagina of other women are of no concern to you.

    Really…Just GREAT. Awesome. I am SO glad people like you are around.

  18. DrM says:

    @Canadian Fan – RUDE MUCH??? That’s a bit of a stretch to say Kendra or any other celeb mum has an STI and has to have a C section for that reason. Man I hope you are just a Canadian Fan and NOT a Canadian…cause I’m a Canuck and you are an embarrassment to our national ‘politeness’ talking smack like that.

    And Dude – PLEASE….I caught your comment about “lucky Hank Sr” for the C section. I’ve had four kids and there isn’t a bucket of hot water in sight mate…sheesh.

  19. Firestarter says:

    Man, I co-sign on both DrM and Jive’s posts.

    Amazing that people know so much about Kendra’s body and her vaginal health.

    Christ the negativity on a thread about a happy event!

    I am a negative nelly, but jeez!

    lastwordlinda- I seriously doubt that a 24 year old, athletic woman needs a tummy tuck after her first born child. I usually like your posts, but this one, not so much. : (

  20. Frenchie says:

    I had to have an emergency c-section after 20 hours of labor (including just 3 with epidural) because the baby’s head was too big, we both wee getting exausted (his heart beats were slower than mine !) and he had his cord on his shoulder so that would stop the circulation of blood when he would make any attempt to go out.
    2 years later, I am still resenfull of the way the birth happenned.
    I would have much better prefered to be active and in control in this birth although I am happy to have had a way to still allow him to be born alive.
    I don’t get why people think it’s easier to have a C-section and I was already thinking that before the C-section. It’s more traumatic, both physically and psychologically. I was sick as hell, desperate, exposed, lacking of intimacy, alone, separated from my baby and my husband for too many hours.

  21. lastwordlinda says:

    Firestarter, I know it wouldn’t seem right but I read it on a reputable plastic surgery site. Apparently, the baby is born, the obstetrician moves aside and the plastic surgeon steps in. Maybe it was wrong but there are a lot of famous actresses and models who opt for a C-section rather than a vaginal birth. I wonder why and I know the average woman out there having a C-section probably couldn’t afford the tummy tuck afterward.

  22. Firestarter says:

    Lastwordslinda- I see what you mean. Honestly though, I think that Kendra is tiny and her C-Section was for the health of both her and the baby. I don’t know for certain, but that was what was in People and on Yahoo.

  23. lastwordlinda says:

    Firestarter I might have been a bit harsh about Kendra and the whole C-section thing. I am having a bad week. I wish Kendra the best, as I would anyone who has just had a little bundle of joy. And you are certainly correct that she probably didn’t need a tummy tuck. I was very small with both my babies and had a flat, unwrinkled tummy afterwards. (lucky me, I wish I could say that now, middle-age is a bitch :-{)

  24. Emily says:

    I’m happy for her, but jeebus, 9 pounds? Jeebus. Also, can someone please explain to me why Americans seem to have such a thing for giving sons the same name as the father? I mean really, Hank IV? Bleurgh. I’d prefer a Sparrow.

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