julia pace mitchell*If you haven’t heard, actress Julia Pace Mitchell is now a mommy!

Last month, Pace Mitchell, formerly on “The Young and the Restless,” and her husband, Stephen L. Hightower, welcomed their first child, a baby boy.

Little Stephen L. Hightower III was born at 7:45am on May 24 in Middletown, Ohio. He 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, told 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.”

Below are pics of little Stephen (by Bella Baby Photography) as provided by Julia Pace Mitchell’s rep, Joseph Babineaux

Stephen L. Hightower III

Stephen L. Hightower III

Stephen L. Hightower III

Born May 22, 2013 at 7:45 AM
Weighing 7.5 lbs. and Measuring 21 inches long

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Little Stephen holding a Hightowers Petroleum Company pen
He’s already working for the family business!