Congrats to Holly Madison!
The 36-year-old former Girls Next Door and Playboy star-turned-Las Vegas performer and author has given birth to her and 41-year-old husband Pasquale Rotella's second child. "Holly Madison and husband Pasquale Rotella are thrilled to welcome a son to their family," the new mom's rep tells E! News in a statement. "The baby boy, who joins big sister Rainbow Aurora, was born Sunday, Aug. 7, at 8:44 p.m. and weighed 8 lbs., 14oz."
Rotella broke the happy news on his Instagram tonight with a photo of their newborn's hand next to daddy's. "What an incredible week. A crazy, stressful start, which transformed into this magical moment. First, a five-year-long indictment against me was finally dismissed; then yesterday Holly, Rainbow & I welcomed a healthy 8-pound, 14-ounce baby boy to the family," he wrote.
"Now I'm holding my beautiful son at the hospital reading amazing birthday wishes from all of you. Definitely one of the most memorable weeks of my life! Lots of love to everyone who took the time to post, tag or send me a message online. I'm grateful & touched! We'll be heading home from the hospital later & I'll be posting photos of the new baby soon. Thanks 'n love you ALL!"
Madison followed with another sweet hand photo that was simply captioned with hearts.
During the third trimester of her pregnancy, Madison went on a national book tour to promote her second memoir, The Vegas Diaries.
The book chronicles her life in Las Vegas, where she moved after leaving the Playboy Mansion and where she scored her leading role in the Peepshow burlesque stage production and filmed her E! series Holly's World.
Madison chronicled part of her pregnancy on her E! baby blog, discussing topics such as cravings and her "love/hate relationship with breastfeeding."
"I discovered early on that breastfeeding in public is not for me," she wrote of Rainbow, now 3. "I am completely supportive of others doing it, but I tried it once and it was altogether too awkward for me to try again...So, if I don't like it, why am I choosing to do it again? Well, to be fair, I didn't have it that bad."
She also talked about a topic many pregnant women deal with and may be ashamed to talk about: Forgetfulness, or "Mommy Brain."
"If it happens and people don't want to talk about it, I GET IT," Madison wrote. "The last thing women need is a stereotype suggesting childbirth reduces your mental capabilities when they are getting ready to return to their jobs...But there is something lonely about silence, too, for then you start to wonder am I the only one? And what do I do about this?"
Madison also discussed another controversial issue affecting mothers who gave birth recently: The pressure to losing the pregnancy weight.
"We all know the "Body After Baby" phenomenon," she wrote. "Women have always been interested in getting back in shape after having a child. But when did this become a race against the clock? When did it become expected that everyone needs to be a bangin' MILF with ripped abs a month after popping out a baby?"
Madison said she gained more than 30 pounds while pregnant with Rainbow Aurora and lost the weight within 11 months. She said that six weeks after giving birth to her daughter, she donned a bikini for a magazine spread.
"I did the whole 'Body After Baby' thing the first time around, but will I do it after I have my next baby? I don't know," she wrote. "If I do decide to do photos, I'll have one condition: if you are going to look at my 'skinny' pictures, you have to see my 'big'" ones, too-real photos I took along the journey towards getting in shape, to show what I really looked like after having a baby."
In her latest entry, posted in late June, Madison talked about her maternity style and offered tips for expectant mothers.