When Sandra Bullock stepped on stage to thank the Academy for naming her best actress this year, she also gave a special shout out to “the moms that take care of the babies and the children, no matter where they come from.”
Now we know why. In January, Sandra Bullock and soon-to-be ex-husband, Jesse James, secretly adopted a baby. And yes - that baby’s a brother.
Three-and-a-half month old Louis Bardo Bullock was born in New Orleans. His adoptive parents chose to name him after jazz legend, Louis Armstrong. Although Bullock is going forward with divorcing James, she recently told People that she is enjoying every moment of her single mother status. "You wake up, you feed, you burp, you play, you do laundry," she said. "I'm still in that stage where I'm just amazed with him and at life."
As if surviving marital affairs and divorce proceedings isn’t enough already, Sandra Bullock now has the challenge of new motherhood in front of her. But the diapers will be the easy part. Being the real-life white mom of an adopted black child is much different than playing one on the large screen. When it comes to inter-racial adoption, many people feel that love isn’t enough.
Judging from that tearful acceptance speech, though, I have a feeling that little Louis Bullock will be just fine. His mommy has the next eighteen years – if not his whole life – to worry about race matters as they pertain to him anyway. For now, she should just enjoy these first months doing what any other new mom of a beautiful, brown baby boy would do: love on him. And just feel thankful she won’t have to do hair.