Sandra Bullock Adopts a 3-Year-Old Daughter Named Laila, Says Her Son Louis "Spearheaded This Whole Journey"

Actress opens up about her family life in the latest issue of People magazine

By Lily Harrison Dec 02, 2015 1:07 PMTags
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It's quite an exciting time in the Bullock household!

Sandra Bullock has adopted her second child, a 3-year-old baby girl from Louisiana who had been in foster care.

"When I look at Laila, there's no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here," Bullock says in People's latest issue. "I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time." Bullock's boyfriend, Bryan Randall, photographed the happy family.

Laila (pronounced Lila), joins big brother Louis, 5, whom Bullock adopted in 2010. The star's second adoption process began three years ago. "Louis spearheaded this whole journey," Bullock says.

Bullock, who first fostered Laila, reveals that her daughter brought "pink and glitter in the house mixed with Legos and Batmans." When she first joined the family, Bullock says, "I knew she was scared, and all I wanted was for her to know Louis and I weren't going anywhere."

"My family is blended and diverse, nutty, and loving and understanding," she adds. "That's a family."

The baby news comes less than two months after Bullock insisted that she was not adopting a child during a press junket for her film Our Brand Is Crisis.

After a journalist congratulated Bullock on the new arrival, she replied, "There is only one adopted child in my household and his name is Louis. If I had a second adopted child, everyone would be hearing about it. I would be loud and clear and say 'Yes, I have officially adopted a second child.' Right now, Louis must be it."

The Oscar-winning actress made headlines for announcing she had adopted Louis in 2010, just months after taking home the Academy Award for her unforgettable performance in The Blind Side.

In her first interview since becoming a mother, Bullock also got candid with People about the adoption process and how she fell in love from the second she laid her eyes on her little one.

"The first time I met Louis, it was like the whole outside world got quiet. It was like he had always been a part of our lives," she said at the time.

Years later, in a subsequent interview with the magazine about how motherhood has shaped her, the Minions actress further dished, "There are so many variations of families out there that are perfect. My family looks nothing like I ever imagined it would. It's better than I ever imagined."

She added that Louis has helped her to stop sweating the small things and be more in touch with the present.

"Am I the mother my son deserves? Am I living my authentic life, am I good enough, working hard enough, am I able to keep my son safe? Did I pick up all the dog poop in the yard before the playdate? Worrying used to be very paralyzing for me, and now I can talk myself off the ledge," she admitted.

"Louis is the one who snapped me out of it."

Congratulations to both Louis and Sandra on the new addition to their family!