Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Harlow Winter Madden's First Public Outing

Woot! At long last, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have taken their precious newborn baby daughter Harlow Winter out for her first public stroll this weekend ... which is something that I think we've all been waiting for since the little darling was born back in January ... but alas, she was entirely hidden away in her fancy schmancy baby carriage ... take a look:

Photo credit: X17

But don't you fret none, y'all -- People magazine has just released a new batch of outtake photos from Nic/Joel's photo session with baby Harlow so we do have a few more pics of the little angel to check out:

Photo credit: People/Andrew Macpherson

"I don't even remember what life was like before her," new mom Nicole Richie, 26, says of daughter Harlow Winter Kate, born Jan. 11. "She gives life a whole new meaning and a whole new purpose." While the parents initially differed over their daughter's name – "I wanted a hippie name and he wanted a more Biblical name," Richie says – the uniqueness of Harlow stuck. "Harlow's a cool name because it feels like a classic name," Madden says, citing the actress Jean Harlow and model Shalom Harlow as two major inspirations. Attuned to her daughter's needs, Richie says she knows how to pacify her when she's in need. "I'm with her all the time ... I know when something's wrong," she explains. And to soothe Harlow, Richie and Joel Madden, 28, play her lullaby versions of Radiohead and Nirvana songs. Calling parenthood "the best thing that's ever happened to us," Joel Madden tells PEOPLE that Harlow has changed his and Nicole Richie's life: "We have a very mellow life compared to two years ago, but we wouldn't have it any other way." "I cried right away," Richie says of seeing Harlow for the first time. "I was holding her, and it was something that was so much bigger than me. Now she looks a little more like Joel, but when she was born, it looked like Joel had nothing to do with it" ... "She's never out of my mind," says Richie. "I stop doing things for me anymore. Everything is for her."

Ye Gods, this baby is the cutest little thing EVER! Seeing even more of these pics makes it pretty obvs why, according to MSNBC, Nicole and Harlow's People magazine cover greatly outsold Xtina and Max's People cover -- she's just too cute for words, that's why:

Nicole Richie didn't just beat rival Christina Aguilera to the delivery room by having daughter Harlow on Jan. 11, one day before Aguilera gave birth to son Max, but it appears Richie will beat Aguilera on the newsstand as well. Both new moms each had their own cover of People magazine, and according to some early estimates, the issue featuring Richie is on target to sell more than 1.8 million copies, according to an industry source, whereas Aguilera's has sold far less. (People magazine could not confirm sales numbers; a spokesperson said its too soon to know how many copies were sold.) Why does there seem to be more interest in Harlow Winter Kate Madden? One magazine insider said part of it could come down to the moms' fan bases. "Christina historically doesn't do that well on covers," said the source, who cites poor sales of her wedding photo issue in OK!, and less-than-stellar sales of her nude photo shoot in the January 2008 Marie Claire. That might be true, but Nicole Richie doesn't seem like an obvious home run on the cover, either. "There's also a greater element of curiosity with Nicole," the source conceded. "She's gone public about being a heroin addict. Her boyfriend is covered in tattoos. By default, she's got the more interesting baby. People want to see how she settles down. They want to see what kind of baby someone with her background has."

Hmm ... it is very interesting that Xtina doesn't seem to be able to sell magazines very well. I don't get it. She's hugely talented and is very well liked ... it doesn't make a lot of sense. Regarding the Harlow Winter pics, tho, I contend that the big sales of the issue has nothing to do with her in comparison to other celebrity babies. She is absolutely the most adorable little thing ... you put her face on anything and I contend that it'll sell. [Source]