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Published: Thursday, 10/6/2005

Baby frenzy begins: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are expecting their first child together


Katie Holmes is pregnant.

That s right. Say it again. Slowly. Let it wash over you.

Just when you thought they were gone that all the couch jumping was over, along with Batman Begins and War of the Worlds TomKat is back and bigger than ever.

People magazine broke the news yesterday on its Web site. The couple have been dating since April and became engaged in June when Cruise, 43, proposed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Tom and Katie are very excited, and the entire family is very excited, said Cruise s chief publicist, sister Lee Anne DeVette, in a statement.

Holmes father, Marty, said the family had no comment when reached at his home yesterday. Calls by The Blade to other family members and friends were not returned.

No details on Holmes due date or the sex of the baby were available.

Reaction around the snarky Internet blogosphere was predictably, well, snarky.

From Gawker: Do Not Panic. Breathe. Yes, the baby will probably be named Kal-L. Ron Cromes or something

From Defamer: We really jumped the gun when we referred to the initial announcement that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were dating as the opening of the Seventh Seal. Which apocalyptic Seal are we up to since then? The Ninth? Fourteenth?

From E! Online: Batten down the hatches, not to mention Oprah s furniture

Toledoans like Robin Miller were interested in the news, but maybe not as excited as Cruise was back in May when he hopped up and down repeatedly on Oprah Winfrey s couch while professing his love for Holmes.

Oh my goodness! Miller said upon learning of Holmes pregnancy. Oooooohhhh. That s a surprise.

The fact that the celebrity couple hasn t set a wedding date yet wasn t lost on her.

I m one of those old school people. I was: you get married first, have your kids second In some sense, it doesn t kind of surprise me.

They moved so quickly. It seemed like that was already their next step. That s maybe why they got engaged.

No matter. Holmes, 26, a Notre Dame Academy graduate, would be more than welcome to join the neighborhood moms group to which Miller belongs.

Heavens yes, she said. More gossip for us.

The twice-married Cruise, currently shooting the action movie Mission Impossible III, already has two children. He adopted son Connor, 10, and daughter Isabella, 12, with former wife Nicole Kidman.

But the baby would be Holmes first, so we asked a saleswoman at the Pickles and Ice Cream maternity apparel store in Maumee for her advice. Her recommendation for the expecting star: Citizens of Humanity jeans and Michael Stars T-shirts.

Citizens of Humanity are just, they re very trendy and they re designer so she won t feel like she s out of her ordinary style, explained Sarah Paulsen, 17. The maternity shirts are great because they re one-size fits all and they re indestructible and stretch forever.

It didn t take long for Web sites like www.freekatie.net to explode with chatter at the news.

Already people are positing alien probes and alien insemination and things like that, said Sheila Cameron, an Ohio native living in Los Angeles who runs the Free Katie Website, which seeks Holmes liberation from forces we may never understand.

I m happy for them. My daughter s the best thing that ever happened to me, but I sure hope that they re realistic for what they re in for, she said.

Could that include postpartum depression? Cruise, a Scientologist, criticized actress Brooke Shields this summer for taking drugs to deal with depression rather than treating it with exercise and vitamins.

I think it will reignite the debate about postpartum depression as well, Cameron said. And, she hopes, sales of her T-shirts which now include Free Baby tops just in time for Christmas.

And what about food for the expectant mom?

Dennis Chung, the owner of Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant, a Sylvania sushi bar where Holmes has been spotted in the past, said women are typically told to keep away from sushi until eight months of pregnancy, but that s on the conservative side.

She could have California rolls without roe, he said. But to be honest if she came in again, I wouldn t know who she was. If she came in with Tom, I would.

Blade staff writer Christopher Borrelli and the Blade s wire services contributed to this report. Contact Ryan E. Smith at:ryansmith@theblade.com or 419-724-6103.

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