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Reese Witherspoon names her baby after a state

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Tennessee James Toth born Thursday

Reese Witherspoon is now a mom of three! The actress gave birth on Thursday morning. The baby is doing well, but we can't say the same for the name his parents chose.

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth welcome Tennessee James

Congratulations are in order for Reese Witherspoon and her husband, Jim Toth; she just gave birth to their first child together! Baby boy Tennessee James Toth came into the world early Thursday, her rep confirmed.

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"Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth welcomed Tennessee James into their family today," the rep said. "Both mom and baby are healthy, and the entire family is thrilled."

Baby Tennessee joins older siblings Ava and Deacon from Witherspoon's first marriage to Ryan Phillippe. However, a source told People earlier this year that the Oscar-winning actress couldn't wait to have a baby around.

"Right after the wedding, Reese expressed a desire to have a baby with Jim," said the source. "Reese has been very open with her kids about her plans to expand the family."

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That doesn't mean life as a mom isn't without its challenges. The blond actress told Marie Claire in 2011 that parenting wasn't at all what she expected, especially since she's spent much of it as a single mother.

"I was hard on myself when I got divorced. And until I got remarried, I don't think I realized how stressed I was," she told the magazine. "I feel so much relief. I don’t think I realized how stressed I was being a single parent. It was really, really stressful. It's not easy on anybody."

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"I think Nora Ephron says in one of her books, 'You know, don't kid yourself, divorce is really hard on your children. It's really hard. Children will not be better for it,'" She added. "I mean, there are extenuating circumstances. I'm sure everybody’s life is different, so I shouldn't say that. But it's really traumatic. Now I feel a great sense of relief and an incredible amount of support from my husband."

Now they're all one big happy family. The only issue we have? The name — Tennessee Toth is going to be quite the mouthful for the kid when he starts talking.

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