John Travolta and Kelly Preston Welcome a Son

John Travolta and Kelly Preston Welcome a Son
John Travolta and Kelly Preston
Michael Doven

updated 11/24/2010 at 11:30 AM EST

originally published 11/24/2010 02:10AM

John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston are parents to son Benjamin, who was born Tuesday in a Florida hospital.

The baby weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz.

"John, Kelly and their daughter Ella Bleu are ecstatic and very happy about the newest member of the family," they say in a statement. "Both mother and baby are healthy and doing beautifully."

Preston, 48, told PEOPLE recently that the entire family was in major preparation mode for their new addition as her pregnancy neared its end.





"I've been cleaning out everything in the house," Preston said in September. "Ella has been helping too. She's looking forward to being a big sister."

Travolta, 56, and Preston's son Jett suffered a fatal seizure at age 16 in January 2009.

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