"With your second [child]," says the parent—with director fiancé Bart Freundlich—of Cal, 5, and Liv. 9 months, "you have time to relax."
The singer, 23, snuggled with 6-month-old Sy'rai in Beverly Hills two days before Christmas. Dad is music producer husband Robert Smith. "I always wanted to be a mom at a young age," Brandy said. As she recently told Oprah
, "I plan to learn from my little girl."
Director mom Janet Holden better brace 6-month-old Finnigan: Dad wants him to "speak eight languages" and "be a zoologist."
SARAH JESSICA PARKER
& MATTHEW BRODERICK
Parenting leaves Broderick "stunned—in a good way," says Parker. Eleven-week-old James "is like a dream. I can't believe he's ours."
"He's the archetypal male who wants to provide," a pal says of Bratt (shopping in N.Y.C. for Sophia, his 5-week-old daughter with wife Talisa Soto).
Since having Damian in April—Dad is movie producer ex-boyfriend Stephen Bing—Hurley has happily declared herself "the most boring woman on earth,"
ANNE HECHE & COLEY LAFFOON
"I knew I could be a good mother," says Heche. She considers dinner and "evening walks" in Manhattan with Homer, 10 months, and Laffoon a "fairytale" life.
Life for 4-month-old preemie Rudy, Law and Sadie Frost's third kid together, is now a walk in the park.
"It's very profound, the vulnerability of loving a child," said the mother of Roan, 1 (in Santa Monica), and Maya, 4. Dad Ethan Hawke said he now has "different criteria" for happiness.
Seven-week-old Christian's dad (in L.A.) and his wife of two years, Bridget Wilson Sampras, talked about having kids "right away when they started dating," says a friend.