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Nicole Richie Shows Off Sparrow and Explains the Weird Name

Nicole Richie, Sparrow, People Magazine People Magazine

Ah, baby magazine covers. They're that rare breath of cute air that we can look at in the supermarket line without feeling angry at Jon & Kate or sad about Lindsay Lohan's new haggard makeover or annoyed at the Jen Aniston lies.

Instead, we can just let the warm fuzzy feelings wash over us and be like, "Well, that's nice."

So thank you, Nicole Richie, for showing off your cuddly 6-week-old son Sparrow in this week's People. Inside the magazine there are even more adorable pictures of the new family of four that are worth checking out.

And as an added bonus, Nicole and her longtime partner, Joel Madden, even (kind of) explain what's up with the strange bird name...

"We have different tastes in names," Nicole says. "Sparrow was one we both liked. I liked the way it sounded with Harlow, and there's the Captain Jack Sparrow connection."

Joel goes on, "It reminded me of the Johnny Cash song 'A Boy Named Sue.' My worry raising a son in Hollywood is what will he have to struggle for? I wanted to give him a name that he's going to have to stand up for. I love it; I think it's a beautiful name."

And while rumors have been going around the Internet that Joel and Nicole are actually secretly married, that doesn't seem to be true.

"One day I would love to get married," Nicole says. "It's not something we're talking about now. If my kids ask me to get married, I'd get married."

So that was a welcome feel-good break...now back to Balloon Boy drama or whatever sensational story has got its hold on us today.

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Wanna keep those warm fuzzy feelings going? Check out our Best of Celeb-Baby Magazine Covers gallery.

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