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Kelly Rutherford’s Custody Request Denied

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Kelly Rutherford unfortunately still has to pay her own way to fly to Monaco to see her children Hermés, 7, and daughter Helena, 4. The Gossip Girl actress has been in a nasty custody battle with her German-born ex-husband Daniel Giersch.

Since his U.S. passport has been revoked – she has to travel to the country and bring them back to New York for visits. According to E! News - she wanted Giersch to have to pay her travel costs but the judge ruled against her.

She released a statement saying, “What have we come to that American children can be deported from their own country – without doing anything wrong? The mother did nothing wrong…yet the mother and her children get punished? The father who isn’t even American wins. In an American court of law.”

Rutherford will soon travel to France to pick up her children and bring them back to New York City, where they will spend Christmas together.

The 45-year-old mom has said she has flown back and forth 45 times since her custody battle with Giersch began in 2009.

In September she told Celebrity Baby Scoop how she handles the situation with her kids.

She said, “You just have to remind yourself that you will get through it, because it goes on for a while. At the end of the day, it passes. The priority is the kids and when they have questions, I make sure to sit down and answer them. I try to be as kind and as respectful of them as possible, and I also let them know that I don’t always know either.

“I let them know that I’m still figuring out the situation but the one thing I do know is that their father and I love them. I let them know that we’re working it out and to enjoy each moment, whether they’re with their dad or whether they’re with me. You have to make them feel connected.”

 

Kelly Rutherford Debuts New Movie, Talks Custody Battle

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Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford is returning to the small screen in the Lifetime TV movie, A Sister’s Nightmare, premiering Saturday, September 7 at 8 p.m. Centering on dark family secrets and intense sibling rivalry, Kelly reunites with Gossip costar Matthew Settle in the TV thriller.

Kelly opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her two children – son Hermés, 6, and 4-year-old daughter Helena – and her ongoing custody battle. Admitting “it’s not always easy,” Kelly gives her best tips and advice for parents who are struggling with custody and access issues.

On if she would hide a dark family secret from her kids:

KR: “Oh gosh. I think in hindsight, no, but not all of us can be healthy enough to do that in the moment. Things happen in life like these movies, and a lot of them are based on true events. I think these movies are wonderful examples of our ability to be able to work on ourselves, so that we don’t have to deal with situations like this.

Would I personally tell my kids about the situation? Yes. However, not everyone does. I probably would, but you don’t know the circumstances in which things happened. I think this woman didn’t have the confidence or the emotional ability to tell her kids.”

On what she has learned about herself through motherhood:

KR: “I am still learning about myself through motherhood. I learn every day because motherhood has changed my whole life. I learned what it was like to love and care about someone beyond anything I’ve ever experienced before. Motherhood makes me want to be a better person and a better example for my children. In other words, I always knew that I wanted to be a good person, but not necessary in the way that I feel when I have little eyes looking up at me and when I have an audience looking at me all the time [laughs]. It’s a different type of pressure.”

On how parents can keep their kids confident amidst a custody battle and divorce:

KR: “It’s not always easy, that’s for sure. I think the biggest thing is to stay positive when you talk about the other parent. I also think you have to be honest, because you don’t want to lie. You want to talk to your children in a way that doesn’t have an edge to it, because that’s what they really pick up on. They will notice if mom is okay emotionally. As long as I am okay, they are okay. If I lose it, to whom do my kids have to look to for their strength? It’s important for me to stay strong and healthy.

You just have to remind yourself that you will get through it, because it goes on for a while. At the end of the day, it passes. The priority is the kids and when they have questions, I make sure to sit down and answer them. I try to be as kind and as respectful of them as possible, and I also let them know that I don’t always know either. I let them know that I’m still figuring out the situation but the one thing I do know is that their father and I love them. I let them know that we’re working it out and to enjoy each moment, whether they’re with their dad or whether they’re with me. You have to make them feel connected.”

On family time over the summer:

KR: “We went to the Hamptons for a few weekends. My son is really into DJing and wants to be a DJ, so we got him a DJ board. Alexandra Richards was DJing one night, so we went to this event at the beach, roasted marshmallows, and he got to watch her DJ. It was so much fun for him. He also had a DJ lesson with a top DJ named Steve Porter.

My daughter also had ballet classes and French classes, and they both had piano all summer. We just tried to have fun and do what they wanted to do, and we got away a little bit here and there. They loved being in the city.”

On the differences between raising a son and raising a daughter:

KR: “I don’t know if there are any differences in the way you approach raising them. They are so different that you have to adjust, at least in my case. I don’t think about raising them differently, it’s more that I have to adapt to the differences that actually exist in having a son and a daughter.

In some ways, my son is way more sensitive than my daughter and my daughter is tougher than my son. In other ways, my son is into certain things that are so ‘boyish’ and my daughter is into things that are ‘girlish.’ You can’t make any predictions. She loves pink and purple, and I might say, ‘What about this blue?’ To this she will say, ‘No, it has to be pink.’ In the beginning when they are babies, there is not much of a difference. However, when they get bigger, there are those differences that you have to take note of.”

On being an activist for mothers dealing with child custody issues:

KR: “A lot of it was just coming out with what I was going through. I wanted to say, ‘You’re not alone and this isn’t just happening to moms in the middle of nowhere with nothing.’ This is happening all across the board and to people you wouldn’t think it would happen to. I think we all sort of feel alone in the process and when people come out publicly about their personal life, it helps other people because they realize they are not alone. When other people reached out to me and talked about what they were going through, it certainly helped me. Obviously, as this thing plays out, I’ll be able to do more and more.”

On what she thinks about the controversy over gay parents raising children:

KR: “I think it’s hard for anyone to raise children. You can’t really say that whether someone is gay or straight will make him or her a great parent or not. Let’s face it, there are probably gay parents who are great and gay parents who are not great. Likewise, there are probably straight parents who are great parents and straight parents who aren’t great parents. I don’t think it has much to do with whether you’re gay or straight — it’s more about how you’ve worked on yourself so that you can really be present for your children.

The more generous we become, and sometimes that happens with age, the more we can be present and patient with our children and not put our stuff on them. What we need to do for the next generation is do the healing on ourselves so that we can be better parents. In my opinion, being a gay or straight parent doesn’t really matter.”

On her relationship with her sibling and children:

KR: “I have a great relationship with my brother. When we were younger, of course we annoyed each other just like my kids do at times. I think it was the amount of time we spent together and whether we wanted attention. It’s also learning how to communicate with each other when we’re younger and creating boundaries, which takes a little while. My mother also taught us to love each other. Even though there were times where we didn’t like each other or what the other person did, we would still love each other. That really helps, and I say the same thing to my kids. I tell them, ‘You may not like what he or she is doing right now, and that’s understandable, but it doesn’t change the fact that you love your sibling.’”

On ways to handle working mom guilt:

KR “It all goes by so fast that we don’t really have time for guilt. A lot of it is being where you are — when you’re with your kids, you need to be totally present. Likewise, when you’re working, you need to be totally present unless there is something you need to attend to for your children, which would become the priority.

I think we need to enjoy the time we’re at work and set everything up so our children are attended to and happy. And when we’re with our kids, that’s where we want to be and don’t need to be somewhere else. In my case, the benefit was waiting until later to have kids, because I had worked a lot, traveled a lot, and done a lot. I never feel like I’m ever missing anything when I am with my kids; I feel like they are my priority.”

On how she doesn’t let her social media and ‘tech life’ affect her family life:

KR: “No, it’s actually a role reversal. I have to try to get my kids to give me my phone back [laughs]! I have the opposite situation; I can’t get my kids off the games on my phone. I’m the one who has to say, ‘Hey, remember me? Hello! Let’s spend some quality time together!’ They are only four and six years old, and it’s actually me who has to say, ‘Hey, don’t you feel a little guilty you aren’t spending time with your mom?’” [laughs]

On how she got into character for A Sister’s Nightmare:

KR: “It wasn’t easy, as it was a strange role for me. I kind of walked into the role of Lily van der Woodsen and it was a lot of fun because she was a very different kind of mother that what we’ve seen on television. I think that the mother in A Sister’s Nightmare is much more neurotic, as she is dealing with different issues. She’s not just dealing with who to love and this and that; she’s dealing with family issues and her upbringing. There was a lot more work that needed to be done with this character. My co-stars Natasha and Peyton were incredible and made it very believable for me and made it work.“

On the hardest part of making the film:

KR: “I think that the type of mother I played was very different than the other mothers I played. She makes very different choices than I would or the other characters that I played would. In that way, it was exciting and challenging at the same time. I think that was the big thing. Also, playing a police officer was really fun.”

On what attracted her to the role:

KR: “I think it was just doing something very different than what I had done before. I played the same character in Gossip Girl for almost six years, and it was nice to do something that was a big contrast to that character. I liked getting out there and doing something different and new.”

On whether she has plans to return to primetime TV:

KR: “Yes, I am actually doing a new show on CBS called Reckless. I am doing just a few episodes right now, but we’ll see what happens. I love primetime, and it’s a great show that I’m excited to be a part of.”

On which bonding activities she likes doing with her kids:

KR: “Everything! We do many activities together. Right now we have all these fun workbooks that prep my kids for the new school year. They are books you can pick up at local bookstores that help kids review the last school year’s topics so they can go into the new year feeling more confident and like they’re rehearsed and know what to expect. I’ve been working with them on that a lot.

We do so many fun things, such as go to the park or go swimming. Today we had a swim lesson, and sometimes Hermés wants to go with me separately to the market if he just wants ‘mom time.’ I think that as a parent, you realize that every day is a new day that brings different things. You just have to be in the moment a lot. We love doing everything from going to ballet class together, reading together, doing workbooks together, or watching a move together. We all have this ritual where we pick a movie to watch in the evening, have a little snack, and curl up before bed. You just do what you can and do whatever works in your own life.”

 

Kelly Rutherford: The Custody Battle Is “Just Silly”

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Kelly Rutherford shared a photo of herself and her mother Ann on Sunday (May 12). The Gossip Girl star wrote: “Happy Mother’s Day Mom @a6edwards.” This past week she spoke to US Weekly about the ongoing custody battle to get her children Hermes, 6, and Helena, 3, back to the U.S. to permanently live with her.

She said, “I’m just looking forward to them coming home at some point soon. They’re U.S. citizens who were sent to a foreign country that neither their father nor I have any connection to. I think the whole thing is bizarre.”

Last August – a judge ruled that the kids live with their father Daniel Giersch in Monaco since he moved there after being barred from the U.S. due to a revoked visa. The judge had reasoned since Rutherford has a flexible schedule – she can travel to and from Monaco.

The 44-year-old actress said of the situation, “I think it’s hard on them. And certainly as a mother it’s hard to watch them go through this. It’s just silly.”

She has gotten involved in a mission to help mothers deal with their own custodial issues. She shared, “You shouldn’t be able to go to court and be litigated against in that way over your children. There needs to be some reform, that’s all. They just need to change a few laws and get things straight again and on the right track.”

Rutherford also has revealed she’s almost broke from fighting.  She’s living at a friend’s apartment out of necessity and told E! News that she has “spent every penny. Every penny from Gossip Girl, my pension, my stocks has been spent fighting for my children.”

There is some good news. Her children are going to visit her in New York this summer.

“I think the kids are coming here,” she said. “I’m beside myself.”

She added, “They like to do everything. They like to go for ice cream, they love the park, they love to be outdoors. They love FAO Schwarz.”

 

Kelly Rutherford’s War With Ex-Husband Continues

You always hurt the one you love. Or in this case, the one you used to love. The war between Kelly Rutherford and her ex-husband Daniel Giersch continues, as the Gossip Girl actress was granted a deposition with her ex today (September 24) to discuss their ongoing child custody dispute involving their two children Hermés, 3, and Helena Grace, 1.

RadarOnline reports that it will be strictly limited to child custody and visitation, not the issue surrounding Daniel’s visa status. Kelly had previously attempted to get Daniel's visa revoked on the grounds that she was concerned her ex, a German businessman, would flee the country with their kids. However the judge ruled today that him taking the children to Germany was “very low.”

 

Hollywood Inspired Looks from The Children’s Place

It's back to school time and The Children’s Place has all you need to recreate Hollywood kids' best looks. Celebrity parents like Tori Spelling, Kelly Rutherford, LaLa, Elisabeth Rohm and Usher all outfit their little ones in affordable clothing from The Children's Place.

Ava Jackman was adorable in her cardigan, skirt, and tights while on her way to dance class. Get the look with a uniform cardigan ($14.62), pleated plaid skort ($10), heart fashion tights ($5), and dazzle ballet flats ($24.50). Lourdes Leon is ready for fall while out in Paris. Check out an updated version of her classic plaid with plaid woven shirt ($16.50). Finish the look with a graphic handkerchief tee ($14.50), knit denim leggings ($12.50), and promenade boots ($24.50-$26.50). Kingston Rossdale was zoo cute in an animal tee and camo shorts at the Los Angeles Zoo. Try a bulldog graphic tee ($5), camo cargo shorts ($7), and victory low-top sneakers ($19.50). Whatever your style is, The Children's Place has you covered for fall fashion.

 

Celebrity Siblings: Names With Themes

With the exciting birth announcement from Rebecca Herbst and Michael Saucedo's earlier this week, we couldn't help but notice a theme in their name choice. The happy couple went for an 'E' theme when naming all three of their children: Ethan, Ella and Emerson.

Let's take a look at some of the other celebrity-sibling-themed names. Some have the same first - and last - letter, some have the same middle name, some are named after mom and dad, while some are named after flowers!

Look through our slideshow to see some of our favorite celebrity-sibling-themed names. Which ones are your favorite? Do you have any themes in your family?

 

Happy Blankie: One to Love and One to Give

We recently discovered Happy Blankie, soft, oversized cuddly animals that are the perfect combination of stuffed animal and blanket. Pretty neat right? But that's not the best part. Every time someone buys a Happy Blankie, an identical blanket is given to a child in a hospital, orphanage or distressed situation around the world. How cool is that? Their mission is "one to love" and "one to give". What a great lesson for every child! Celebrity moms Brooke Shields, Tori Spelling, Courteney Cox and Kelly Rutherford all agree.

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Kelly Rutherford And Daughter Have A Super Saturday

Kelly Rutherford enjoyed a day out with her 1-year-old daughter Helena Grace at the Super Saturday Ovarian Cancer Benefit on Saturday (July 31). The event took place in Watermill, New York.

Kelly's fellow Gossip Girl co-star Michelle Trachtenberg was also there to pose for pictures. Helena's 3-year-old brother Hermés did not attend.

Rutherford is now officially a single woman. Her divorce from Daniel Giersch became finalized this summer.

 

Celebrities Appeal For Healthy School Meals Act

Funny lady Sarah Silverman is America’s newest advocate for healthy school lunches. She is urging Congress to support the Healthy School Meals Act of 2010, a bill that would help schools serve healthier meal options.

In her letter to Congressman George Miller, Sarah states, “I’m writing to you about something that has shocked and offended me. And trust me when I say it takes a lot to shock and offend me. Some of the foods we’re feeding kids in schools are repulsive—and that unhealthy food is feeding the childhood obesity epidemic.”

Many more celebrities are joining Sarah in this important campaign, including celeb parents like Nicole Richie, Sean Penn, Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Rutherford and Tobey Maguire. The following letters have been released to Celebrity Baby Scoop. Read below how some of our fav celeb parents support this campaign.

 

Kelly Rutherford Dishes On Balance & Milestones

Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford is a doting mom to 1-year-old daughter Helena and 3-year-old son Hermés. The actress recently shared Helena's latest milestones with US Weekly, revealing that Helena has begun walking, and added that her daughter is "talking and is so expressive. She is talking with her brother... They were watching a video this morning and talking! It was very cute."

Big brother Hermés is doing a great job as big brother, reports mom, "He is really good and protective!" Of balancing single motherhood and work, the actress said,

I have a lot of time off. I worked for so many years and I really take the time now because my kids are little. I know soon they will be in school so I am really enjoying being with them. I had three months off from work and I really just spent it with them. Anytime I am not working, I am with the kids."

Rutherford, who split from husband Daniel Giersch while 3 months pregnant with Helena, has been spotted lately spending time with Jason Bird. The two have reportedly been dating for two months.

 

Kelly Rutherford Totes Her Tots

Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford had her hands full today as she juggled her kids Hermés, 3, and Helena, 1, while out doing some shopping in Beverly Hills, California (June 26). Thankfully Kelly's sister was there to lend a hand!

We last spotted the busy mom earlier this week, headed to a business meeting in West Hollywood with her darling daughter in tow.

 

Kelly Rutherford Brings Helena To Work

One-year-old Helena Grace tagged along on a business meeting with her mom Kelly Rutherford at Ease Entertainment in West Hollywood, California today (June 24). The mother-daughter duo looked to be in great spirits as they left the office together.

We last spotted the Gossip Girl star and her daughter enjoying a sunny stroll in Beverly Hills earlier this week. Kelly and her ex Daniel Giersch are also parents to 3-year-old Hermés.

 

Kelly Rutherford’s Day Out With Her Daughter

Kelly Rutherford and her gorgeous girl Helena Grace, 1, made a stylish duo as they were spotted out for a stroll in Beverly Hills, California yesterday (June 18). The pair were joined on their outing by the Gossip Girl star's sister.

We last saw the 41-year-old actress out and about with her 3-year-old son Hermés last week. The kids' dad is Kelly's ex, entrepreneur Daniel Giersch.

 

StrollerTraffic: A New Mom’s Must-Have

As a new mom, you can easily become overwhelmed by all the baby information and products out there. Wouldn't it be great if there was a resource that sifted through all the clutter and gave you exactly what you needed to know? There is!! We recently discovered a fabulous new resource for new moms-StrollerTraffic.

StrollerTraffic is an addictive weekly email for moms with kids under the age of three—covering everything from new brands and brilliant inventions to emerging trends and controversial topics—all wrapped up in a smart, once-every-seven-days email that won't clog your inbox.

The witty little email has a huge following of magazine editors, fashion designers, and Hollywood types—it's been read by everyone from Kelly Rutherford to Carolina Zapf to Sarah Jessica Parker, who called herself a "devotee" of the site.

The StrollerTraffic editors interview well-known experts on everything from getting rid of toddler stains to the best educational toys for babies, and regularly chat with celebrity moms about things like the products they can't live without and the challenges of raising kids in the city.

New moms everywhere can receive StrollerTraffic's Every City edition (published on Tuesdays); to keep up on the latest in the Big Apple, subscribe to StrollerTraffic New York (published Mondays and Thursdays). Los Angeles and Dallas editions coming soon! Be sure to sign up right away so you can be among the first to hear all about the latest swag and must-have baby & tot info.

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Kelly Rutherford’s Barefoot Boy

A smiling Kelly Rutherford was spotted toting her barefoot son Hermés, 3, in Beverly Hills, California today (June 13). Hermes' little sister Helena Grace, 1, was also with the pair, though she stayed hidden under the cover of her car seat.

More than a year after her divorce from Daniel Giersch it seems the Gossip Girl star has found love again with her new beau Jason Bird.

"Kelly has known him for years," a source close to the actress reveals. "They are old friends, she really trusts him, and she feels like he is exactly the opposite of her ex-husband."

 

Kelly Rutherford’s Sunday Stroll

Kelly Rutherford and her sister took a stroll with Kelly's daughter Helena Grace, who turns 1 tomorrow, on Robertson Blvd. in Beverly Hills, Calif. yesterday (June 5). The trio wore their sun hats on the sunny Sunday afternoon.

The Gossip Girl star has been seen all over town with her new beau, Jason Bird.

Kelly and her ex-husband Daniel Giersch are also parents to 3 1/2-year-old son Hermés.

 

Kelly Rutherford’s Smiley Stroll

Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford was all smiles as she enjoyed an drink and a stroll with her daughter Helena Grace - who turns 1 next Tuesday - and her new man in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday (June 3).

Kelly’s new mystery man is Jason Bird, and the couple have been dating for several weeks now, Life & Style reports.

Kelly and her ex-husband Daniel Giersch are also parents to 3 1/2-year-old son Hermés.

 

Kelly Rutherford & Her Toy Store Tot

Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford treated her son Hermés, 3, to a couple of new toys today while out and about in Beverly Hills, California (June 2). He's getting so big!

Kelly, who divorced her husband Daniel Giersch last year, has been spotted spending time with a new mystery man recently.

"Kelly has known him for years," a source recently told E! "They are old friends, she really trusts him, and she feels like he is exactly the opposite of her ex-husband."

Kelly's rep confirmed the romance, saying only, "Kelly does indeed have a new man in her life, but that's all we're sharing for now."

The actress and her ex are also parents to daughter Helena, who'll be celebrating her 1st birthday next week.

 

Kelly Rutherford & Her Tea Party Pal

Pretty pair! Kelly Rutherford carried her daughter Helena Grace, 1 next month, as they arrived at the Alice + Olivia Tea Party in West Hollywood on Sunday (May 23). The Gossip Girl actress and her baby girl showed off their matching smiles while the paparazzi took their photo.

Kelly and her ex-husband Daniel Giersch are also parents to 3 1/2-year-old son Hermés.

 

Kelly Rutherford & Her Beverly Hills Boys

A smiley Kelly Rutherford spent the day with her 3 1/2-year-old son Hermés and her new man in Beverly Hills on Wednesday (May 19). The trio went shopping at a few toy stores after dining at a local eatery.

Hermés played with finger puppets and got a treat from the gum ball machine while mom enjoyed holding hands and laughing with her main squeeze.

Kelly and her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, are also parents to daughter Helena Grace, 1 next month. The 41-year-old Gossip Girl actress filed for divorce when she was just three months pregnant with Helena.

 

Kelly Rutherford & Her Strollin’ Sweeties

Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford enjoyed an afternoon stroll with her daughter Helena Grace, 1 next month, their family dog and her new beau. The happy couple walked hand in hand toward Kelly’s home in West Hollywood, Calif. today (May 18).

We first spotted Kelly and her mystery man cuddling up together last week.

Kelly and her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, are also parents to 3 1/2-year-old son Hermés. The 41-year-old actress filed for divorce when she was just three months pregnant with Helena.

 

Kelly Rutherford & Her Mystery Man

Let the gossip begin. Kelly Rutherford was spotted holding hands and cuddling up to a mystery man alongside her daughter Helena, 1 next month, in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Thursday (May 13). Big brother Hermés, 3 1/2, was not spotted with the trio.

Looks like Kelly has entered the world of dating again. Earlier this year, the Gossip Girl actress said she wasn't ready to meet someone at that point:

Dating is not really my focus at the moment. If it happens, great, but I have the two most beautiful little ones, a great job, and it's really all-consuming."

Kelly filed for divorce from the kids' father, German businessman Daniel Giersch, when she was just three months pregnant with Helena.

 

Kelly Rutherford’s Brentwood Buddies

Gossip Girl mom Kelly Rutherford enjoyed a day with her two children Helena, 10 months, and Hermes, 3 1/2, yesterday (May 10). The trio were joined by family members of the actress as they headed to the Brentwood Country Mart in Brentwood, Calif.

Kelly split with the childrens' father, German businessman Daniel Giersch early in her pregnancy with Helena. Her Gossip Girl co-star Matthew Settle is in a similar situation, having recently split from his wife while having a young daughter. The two are said to have bonded over the similar experiences.

 

Kelly Rutherford & Her Playground Pals

Kelly Rutherford spent a fun afternoon with her two children - son Hermés, 3 1/2, and daughter Helena, 10 months - at the Malibu market playground on Sunday (May 2). Kelly carried Helena around and let her play in the sandbox while Hermés, dressed in a red, wanted to read a storybook with mom.

The 41-year-old Gossip Girl star filed for divorce from the kids' father, German businessman Daniel Giersch, when she was just three months pregnant with Helena. "It’s challenging," Kelly said of their custody battle. "I certainly never expected the emotional roller coaster. It was tough to be pregnant and have this happen. It’s made me stronger."

 

Kelly Rutherford & Helena Hit Hollywood

It was a girls' day out today for actress Kelly Rutherford and her daughter Helena Grace, 10 months, who were spotted heading for lunch in Hollywood, California with a friend (April 10).

The 41-year-old Gossip Girl star, who is also mom to 3-year-old son Hermes, recently dished on childbirth, saying of her labor and delivery with Helena:

I had a lot more support and it made it a lot easier. I had a mid-wife with me, even though I delivered at the hospital. I had someone with me that I knew knew what was going on. It was really, really helpful.”

 

Kelly Rutherford & Her Shopgirl

Mommy-and-me time! Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford and her daughter Helena, 10 months tomorrow, went shopping on Robertson Blvd. in Hollywood on Tuesday (April 6). The mother-daughter pair were playful and smiley as they hit the shops on a sunny California day.

Big brother Hermés, 3, was not spotted with the gorgeous duo.

Kelly filed for divorce from the kids' father, German businessman Daniel Giersch, when she was just three months pregnant with Helena.

 

Kelly Rutherford’s Childbirth Tips: Vizualize & Meditate

Childbirth can be a scary prospect for many first-time moms-to-be, but Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford has a few tips for those whose delivery dates are looming.

The 41-year-old mom-of-two recommends “meditating, getting quiet and talking to your baby" throughout the pregnancy. Also, she tells Hollywoodlife.com, start “visualizing how you want your birth to go, visualizing the baby in the right position and visualizing a healthy birth."

Kelly, who is mom to kids Hermes, 3, and Helena, 9 months, reveals that childbirth was a more positive experience the second time around. So what made the difference?

“I had a lot more support and it made it a lot easier,” she says. “I had a mid-wife with me, even though I delivered at the hospital. I had someone with me that I knew knew what was going on. It was really, really helpful.”

 

Kelly Rutherford On Life As A Single, Working Mom

Having emerged from a difficult divorce from her husband of 2 years Daniel Giersch, actress Kelly Rutherford is finding hope and happiness in her kids Hermes, 3, and Helena, 9 months. The Gossip Girl star recently chatted to Working Mother magazine about the challenges of marriage and motherhood, and the lessons she's learned along the way.

On the pressures faced by today's working moms-to-be: "We work up until the last minute, whether we’re throwing up or not! Then we’re expected to give birth in two seconds or we get a C-section, because doctors are in a rush. We barely sleep the first months of our child’s life, but we’re expected to get back into our skinny jeans right away."

On her advice to working moms: "Figure out how you can help remedy the situation. Maybe it means making sure your baby is well cared for. You need to figure out what kind of mom you want to be and then find a way to be that mom. My mom worked, but it felt like she was always there for us."

On her custody case: "A male judge who was retiring after spending his entire career in family law didn’t agree with me that it was important for Hermes to be able to bond with his baby sister. I hope that as more women become judges—and as more divorced women become judges—the family courts will change."

 

Kelly Rutherford & Her Big Apple Babe

So cute! Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford and her adorable 9-month-old daughter Helena Grace Giersch attended the Bunny Hop charity event at F.A.O Schwartz in New York City on Tuesday (March 9). Big brother Hermés was not spotted with the gorgeous duo.

Kelly filed for divorce from Daniel Giersch when she was just three months pregnant with Helena. The 41-year-old mother of two recently said she's not ready to start dating just yet.

[Dating] is not really my focus at the moment. If it happens, great, but I have the two most beautiful little ones, a great job, and it's really all-consuming."

 

Kelly Rutherford & Matthew Settle’s Off-Screen Bond

After a trying year, Gossip Girl co-stars Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle have found support in one another as they both try to focus on their kids after the break-up of their marriages.

"He's going through his own thing, I'm going through my own thing – we kind of just support each other," Kelly said at this week's New York premiere of the Discovery Channel's film, Life. "We both have small children that we really love, so we both just talk about them the whole time."

 

Kelly Rutherford & Her Cafe Cutie

Kelly Rutherford and her adorable 6-month-old daughter Helena were spotted getting a coffee at the Brentwood Country Mart in Brentwood, Calif on Sunday (January 3).

The color-coordinated duo are reunited after Helena spent New Year's Eve with Kelly's estranged ex-husband, Daniel Giersch.

Kelly, who filed for divorce when she was just three months pregnant with Helena, was recently granted a temporary restraining order against Daniel. The 41-year-old Gossip Girl star claimed that the German entrepreneur has repeatedly harassed her and her family.

Kelly and Daniel are also parents to 3-year-old son Hermés.

 

Angel Dear: Soft & Snuggly Accessories

Blankets and stuffed animals are always a source of comfort to young ones, but what if you could have an all-in-one? Angel Dear Blankies are sweet charming characters that are cashmere-soft and oh so lightweight! The 14" square is available in a huge assortment of fun characters in soft colors. Harlow Madden was spotted carrying hers while just recently, Gwyneth Paltrow was seen clutching 2 of these cuddly creatures while holding her son Moses.

If you prefer a larger size of these blankies check out the Animal Napping Blankets. They are great as stroller blankets and for naps in the car. Both the blankies and blankets are made of the softest cashmere-like polyester which does not pile and washes up beautifully. I have thrown both blankets in the washing machine and dryer a few times already and both of them feel just as soft as when I received them.

Angel Dear is an expert when it comes to soft, cuddly comfort! Their Chenille hoodies are deliciously soft and warm enough to wear as a jacket during the spring or fall seasons. They come in a wide assortment of colors and sizes from 6 months-4T.

Maxine Bahnes, Kelly Rutherford and Nicole Richie just a few of the many fans of Angel Dear!

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Daniel Giersch: New Year’s Eve Daddy Duty

Kelly Rutherford's ex-husband Daniel Giersch stopped by her Los Angeles home to pick up their 6-month-old daughter Helena on New Year's Eve 2009.

Kelly, who filed for divorce when she was just three months pregnant with Helena, was recently granted a temporary restraining order against Daniel. The 41-year-old Gossip Girl star claimed that the German entrepreneur has repeatedly harassed her and her family.

Kelly and Daniel are also parents to 3-year-old son Hermés.

 

Kelly Rutherford Talks Dating As A Single Mom

With her difficult divorce from her ex Daniel Giersch now behind her, Gossip Girl star and mom-of-two Kelly Rutherford admits that she's wary of jumping back into the dating scene.

“I guess if it was an incredible person, but you know when you have kids, you’re so picky,” the 41-year-old actress tells OK!. “That’s the thing – it changes things a lot. You’re not just thinking about how you would relate to somebody, you’re thinking about how your children would relate to someone. It’s a whole different thing.”

 

Celebrity Families Celebrate The Holidays

How do the celebrities get into the holiday spirit? A few of our favorite celeb moms shared their holiday plans with Celebrity Baby Scoop and Strollertraffic. From Sarah Jessica Parker's unadorned tree, to Tori Spelling's adopt-a-family tradition and Kelly Rutherford's day of baking, it's clear the celebs really get into the spirit! Read on!

Sarah Jessica Parker (a fan of Strollertraffic), Did You Hear About the Morgans?
"When I was growing up, we had a naked tree on Christmas Eve, meaning it was unadorned, and then those of us who still believed in Santa Claus—which all my children still do—would go to bed, and when we woke up in the morning, the tree was decorated. We presumed Santa did that in his spare time. And the tubes from the wrapping paper were left under the tree—which were called doot-de-doos—and we were told that's what Santa left to let us know that he had been there to wrap our presents and decorate our tree. And we believed it. And in my house we still do it every year."

Tori Spelling, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood
"We are starting a tradition. Every year we adopt a family and make sure they have presents under the tree and all the things they need for the holiday. Other than that, our tradition is to gather our friends and family, lock all the doors and do a lot of nothing. Open the presents and graze all day and have a big turkey dinner at the end of the day."