by Stephen L. Betts – The Boot

Jo Dee Messina and her husband Chris Deffenbaugh welcomed their second son into the world on Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 11). Jonah Christopher Deffenbaugh was born at a Nashville hospital at 2:43 PM, weighing 6 lbs., 13 oz. He joins three-year-old big brother Noah.

“Noah couldn’t wait to hold his little brother,” Jo Dee reports. “He’s so good with him. God has blessed us so much.”

In spite of having her hands full, Jo Dee has armed herself pretty well, with the writing of her unique blog,, where she offers tips for busy mothers like herself, along with funny anecdotes, personal stories, photos and more.

“The most profound realization I had back in 2008 when I became pregnant with my son was, our parents were just people trying to get through life, and then we showed up,” Jo Dee told The Boot exclusively when she first launched the blog. “Parents don’t have all the answers. We’re all trying to figure it out along the way. Being a celebrity doesn’t make it any easier. I have the same questions, frustrations and triumphs (potty training) as any other parent out there. This blog is to share my journey and maybe give you a chance to laugh at the whirlwind life of parenthood, relationships and every other thing life may throw my way. If you’re looking for a serious blog, this is NOT it. If you need a break from daily stress, check it out.”

Jo Dee kept close tabs on another celebrity mom who had everyone on baby watch recently, writing an entry at FumblingMom about the birth of Beyoncé’s son, Blue Ivy Carter, just hours before Jonah was born.

“Well, sweet Beyonce had her baby girl,” Jo Dee wrote. “Please tell me that poor girl didn’t feel the way I do the last few weeks of her pregnancy. Ugh! The MOST IMPORTANT thing I learned with my son was sleep when the baby sleeps. With my son, I wanted to use his sleep time as an opportunity to get things done. DON’T DO IT. After a while, I was so tired, I couldn’t even remember my name. Your body has to reset itself and needs as much sleep as the baby. This time around, we have a bed in the nursery. One that I can sleep in and be close enough to hear the baby. We’ll see if that works. ;-)”

Our best wishes to Jo Dee and family!

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