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Bryce Dallas Howard, Seth Gabel have 'Baby B'; grandpa is jazzed

January 23, 2012 | 10:46 am

Bryce Dallas Howard has had her second baby with Seth Gabel.

Bryce Dallas Howard has had her second child, and Ron Howard is sending out the tweets like the excited grandpa that he is and getting the Hollywood love in return.

Howard tweeted that "Bryce and Baby B are spectacular."  Then, costar Octavia Spencer -- recent Golden Globe winner for "The Help" -- tweeted: "@RealRonHoward: Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel Born Jan 19 2012 8lbs 6oz Congrats Ron from bryce's help family! :-)"

Baby B's dad is Seth Gabel, of "Fringe" and "United States of Tara."

From M. Night Shyamalan: "@RealRonHoward Hey Ron, tell Bryce congratulations from our whole family. I'll be waiting to cast Beatrice in a few years!"

Dallas Howard played the snobby, villainous Hilly Holbrook in "The Help" as well as a voracious vampire in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." Her current role, though, is new mother.

Dallas Howard was deeply affected by postpartum depression following the 2007 birth of Theo, her son with Gabel. The actress was very frank about her struggle, which she wrote about on Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP blog: "I felt I was failing at breast-feeding. My house was a mess. I believed I was a terrible dog owner. I was certain I was an awful actress. ... I definitely felt I was a rotten mother -- not a bad one, a rotten one."

Mothers, new and old, can sympathize. Here's hoping the second time around is smoother for Bryce.


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Photo: Bryce Dallas Howard at the MTV Awards in June. Credit: Paul Buck / EPA