June 11, 2013 01:00 PM

Let the restless nights begin: Julia Pace Mitchell is a mom!

The former Young and the Restless actress and her husband Stephen L. Hightower welcomed their first child on Wednesday, May 22, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Born at 7:45 a.m. in Middletown, Ohio, son Stephen L. Hightower III weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. and measured 21 inches.

“Being new parents has brought us closer together, it’s all about teamwork,” Pace Mitchell, 27, tells PEOPLE. “Little Stephen is awesome. Being a mom is the greatest role I will ever play.”

The couple announced the pregnancy in January, with Pace Mitchell telling PEOPLE, “I feel so blessed and hopeful about becoming a mommy for the first time.”

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— Anya Leon

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