More than a year and a half after losing their son Jett in the aftermath of a seizure, John Travolta and Kelly Preston announced they're expecting another baby boy.
Representatives for Preston confirmed to People magazine that the couple is having a son. According to People, Travolta, 56, and Preston, 47, celebrated the news with more than three dozen close friends at a shower held at their Los Angeles-area home earlier this month. A family friend told the magazine, "This baby is such a healing baby."
The couple's May announcement that they were expecting was the first bit of good news they had shared in a long time, and helped overshadow reports that their two dogs had just been killed in what officials called "an unfortunate accident" on the tarmac of Bangor International Airport in Maine.
"It's impossible to keep a secret," they wrote in a statement on Travolta's Web site in May, "especially one as wonderful as this."
"We want to be the first to share this great news with everyone that we are expecting a new addition to our family," the online statement continued and was signed "Love, John, Kelly and Ella."
Ella is the couple's 10-year-old daughter.
The Travoltas have come a long way since their trials and tribulations of the past year and a half. A look back:
Jan. 2, 2009
Jett died Friday morning at the family's vacation home in the Bahamas after what the family's lawyer says was a seizure-related incident.
"A nanny attempted to revive him, all attempts were made, but he couldn't be revived," Travolta's attorney, Michael Ossi, who was also in The Bahamas, told ABCNews.com. "They tried as hard as they could to revive Jett."
The seizure was only part of the story. Royal Bahamas Police Force spokeswoman Loretta Mackey told the Associated Press that Jett Travolta died from hitting his head in a bathtub.
Jan. 5, 2009
The death certificate revealed that Jett died of a seizure. His parents released a statement the day before.
"Jett was the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for and lit up the lives of everyone he encountered," said the statement posted on John Travolta's Web site. "We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief. We will cherish the time we had with him for the rest of our lives."
Jan. 8, 2009
Tom Cruise, a fellow member of the Church of Scientology, weighed in on the tragedy.
"It's horrific," a visibly shaken Cruise said in an interview that aired on ABC's "The View." "It's just horrific. Here you have a man, both of them doting parents, they're wonderful people and ..."
Cruise also defended the church, which came under scrutiny following Jett's death for speculation that it discourages members from seeking medical care.
"That's just not true. It's actually false," Cruise said. "They say, 'Get your physical, get your medication, get your physical illnesses handled.'"
Jan. 23, 2009
Three Bahamian citizens, including the paramedic who tried to revive Jett, a lawmaker and the former minister of tourism who served as the Travoltas' spokesman, were arrested in an alleged plot to extort money from John Travolta.