The clever name Ellen and Portia gave their new 'Kid' to stop the paparazzi's questions.

Ellen DeGeneres has announced that she and her wife, Portia de Rossi made the happy decision to bring a kid into their family. 

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards.

But, there's a clever twist — they aren't welcoming a kid of the crawling, crying, human, bottle-fed variety. 


They're welcoming an adorable 9-week-old puppy, and they've named him "Kid."

World, meet Portia's and my new puppy, Kid.

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How did the puppy earn his unique name? Thank nosy reporters.

Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards.

"There have been rumors forever, 'When are you and Portia gonna have a kid?'" DeGeneres said with a laugh. "So, now I can say we have a Kid. So it can just stop."

While Ellen can joke about their decision on her show, for many women, the frequent pressure to start a family is no laughing matter.

While most women aren't plagued with paparazzi asking about their baby-making plans, the message from the media (not to mention family and friends) remains loud and clear: If you're a woman of certain age, you should probably go ahead and raise a family.

But, data shows that more and more women are choosing to be child-free. In fact 47.6% of women ages 15 to 44 do not have kids, the highest percentage of that figure since the Census Bureau started tracking it in 1976. And while some of those women may eventually elect to have kids, the increase in this figure is worth noting.

Photo by Roberto Faccenda/Flickr.

Even though child-free women are growing in number, women who choose to be child-free are still met with judgment, criticism, and sympathy. As Upworthy's own Doyin Richards wrote in a recent piece, a woman choosing to be child-free doesn't mean she's selfish or that she dislikes kids or that she wants or needs your pity. 

These women are just making the best choice for their situation and for their lives. Imagine that! 

Of course, in some cases, it's not that women without children don't want children. They might be experiencing fertility issues or facing other extenuating circumstances, which can make incessant questions and pressure to have children all the more painful. 

Though Ellen and Portia aren't raising children of their own, adding Kid to the mix gave them a new appreciation for moms everywhere.

And while raising a puppy isn't akin to raising an infant, it's not a walk in the park either. (Unless you're being dragged through the park by a very happy, fuzzy animal.) Because like his namesake, Kid is keeping his moms up at night. 

“He’s nine weeks old and cute as can be, but I’ll tell you what’s not cute is to wake up at 11, and 1, and 3, and 5," the host said on her show. “I’m trying to hold a puppy while I’m trying to make coffee. And I can’t do anything. He doesn’t let me do anything.”

Puppyhood is rough, Ellen. Good thing they're so freaking cute. 

Image via TheEllenShow/YouTube.

Watch Ellen's sweet announcement from Thursday's show.

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