Highly-Anticipated Celebrity Births

Baby debuts don’t get much bigger than Blue Ivy Carter. The daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z already has a song on the Billboard charts, thanks to the song “Glory,” which her daddy wrote for her. She was born January 7 at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital and the hip-hop superstars reportedly bought out the entire floor for an ultra-private delivery.

Can any other star delivery in 2012 top that?

Kourtney Kardashian on the Today Show discussing her pregnancy

Here are the expecting contenders:

Bryce Dallas Howard
The actress, who already has son Theo, 4, with actor husband Seth Grabel (“Fringe’) announced her pregnancy last May and needed a permission slip to fly to a New York premiere in November.

Jessica Simpson & former NFL player Eric Johnson
The couple, who got engaged in 2010, are expecting their first child any minute now! “I haven’t really gone to maternity clothes because I don’t really love maternity stuff,” the singer said while promoting her new series “Fashion Star” to television critics in Pasadena in January, but she is going to come out with a line of Jessica Simpson Maternity clothing.

Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck
It’ll be baby no. 3 for the acting power couple, who already have daughters Violet, 5, and Seraphina, 2. Media reports claim it’ll be their first boy, who’s due very soon.

Hilary Duff & Mike Comrie
The former Disney star and her hockey-playing husband will welcome their first child, which Duff has confirmed is a boy, this winter.

Marla Sokoloff
The actress (“The Practice”) shared that she’s expecting a girl with her musician husband, Alec Puro. She is due in February. It will be their first child.

Linda Cardellini
The former “E.R.” star is expecting her first child with boyfriend Steven Rodriguez early this year.

Lisa Loeb
The “Stay” singer is expecting her second child with husband Roey Hershkovit this June. “I grew up with a big family, so I’m excited for Lyla to have a sibling!” she says.

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