December 30, 2013 05:00 PM

Veronica Puleo

Teresa Castillo is closing out the year on a high note: she’s pregnant!

The General Hospital star and her husband Shane Aaron are expecting their first child — a girl! — on May 24, Castillo confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

“It feels wonderful. This is the most joyous time of my life,” the mom-to-be tells PEOPLE. “It feels great to finally be able to share it with the world.”

Castillo, 30, admits she didn’t need words to share the special news with her husband — she just let her squeals do all the talking.

“He knew I was taking a test and realized the outcome when he heard my screams from the bathroom,” she jokes.

Despite finding out the sex of their baby on the way so they could “get to know it already,” Castillo and Aaron — who wed in 2008 — have yet to decide on a name.

“[We’re] just going to let the right name come to us,” the expectant actress, whose pregnancy will be written into the show, says.

— Anya Leon

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