She’s starred in several critically-acclaimed films, but nothing makes Sandra Bullock more proud than being a parent. Her journey through motherhood hasn’t been the easiest, but the Bird Box star — who is the mama to two kids, Louis Bardo Bullock and Laila Bullock — couldn’t be happier.
Sandra was previously married to TV personality Jesse James in 2005, but the former couple were officially divorced five years later in 2010. While a devastating separation would be the perfect reason to adopt, Sandra’s inspiration actually came from something you may not typically expect.
In June 2018, the actress opened up about why she initially chose adoption in a teary-eyed interview with Parenting. Sandra explained that following the immense devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, something in her heart told her she was destined for motherhood.
“I did think, ‘Maybe not.’ Then [Hurricane] Katrina happened,” the Blind Side actress gushed. “I’m going to cry … Katrina happened in New Orleans and something told me, ‘My child is there.’ It was weird.”
Even though Sandra had many doubts about going through with adoption — which ended up being a long, four-year wait — nothing felt better than when she first held son Louis in her arms in 2010.
During a visit to the Today show shortly after, Sandra reflected on her life throughout the long adoption process. “The beautiful thing that I was constantly told was, ‘The perfect child will find you. You will find your child,'” the brunette beauty told Hoda Kotb. “But you don’t believe that when it’s not happening. When you’re going, ‘Where is my family?'”
The adoption of Sandra’s beloved son became a blessing in more ways than one. Besides making her a mom, the growing youngster actually convinced the Proposal star to adopt a second child in 2015. The Academy Award winner explained that she and a group of close friends were having a conversation about their daughters when Louis butted in.
The adorable kiddo, who was 3 years old at the time, jokingly said, “‘Yeah, I don’t have daughters. But I’m going to have a baby soon!'” Sandra sweetly recalled. “I realized at that time, maybe he knew something. And when I think about it, it would have been around the time that Laila was born.”
Since becoming the doting mama of her adorable kids, Sandra couldn’t feel more grateful. She’s especially thankful to longtime boyfriend Bryan Randall, who effortlessly filled in as the role of stepdad after the two began dating in 2015.
“Bryan’s secret to being a great father, which Sandra tries to mimic, is just being present, listening, instilling good solid values and correcting them when they stray in a calm, conducive manner,” an insider exclusively shared with Closer Weekly. “Most important of all — Bryan just likes having fun with the kids.”
Scroll through the gallery below to meet Louis and Laila!
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