November 26, 2013 06:45 PM

FameFlynet

It’s a party of three for Jennifer Love Hewitt!

The actress and her husband (yes, they secretly wed!), actor Brian Hallisay “are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter Autumn James Hallisay,” her rep tells PEOPLE.

Baby girl was born on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

The couple, who met on the Lifetime show The Client List, decided to keep the sex a surprise, celebrating with a gender-neutral baby shower in October.

One thing that wasn’t a surprise for the former Party of Five star was the realization that being a parent would be one of her greatest roles in life.

“I lost my mom a little less than a year and a half ago to cancer. Obviously, I got very lucky that even though I lost my mother, I lost her later in life, but it’s still had a profound effect on me,” Hewitt told PEOPLE in September.

“I’ve always wanted to be a mom,” she said. “I had a great relationship with mine. I’m ready to pass on to my child all the great love that my mom had for me.”

— Monica Rizzo with reporting by Aili Nahas

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