James Van Der Beek Welcomes Daughter Olivia

09/28/2010 at 10:45 AM ET
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Dawson is a dad.

James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly welcomed a daughter, Olivia, on Saturday, Sept. 25. And the actor, 33, is already gushing with emotion.

“Had the blessing of becoming a father over the weekend… Couldn’t come close to describing this bliss even if I had 140 million characters,” the former star of Dawson’s Creek and Mercy announced on Twitter.

Adds the actor: “Olivia Van Der Beek, born 9/25. I apologize in advance for any obnoxiously precious new-dad tweets that may follow. I’m under her spell.”

Baby Olivia weighed in at 7 lbs., 2 oz. and is 19.5 inches long, the proud papa tells PEOPLE.

The Van Der Beeks were married in August. “Best day of my life so far,” he Tweeted at the time ā€“ although perhaps that’s now been eclipsed by the new arrival.

— Tim Nudd

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Tess on

Why didn’t my comment show up on the other post? Anyway, congrats again.

klutzy_girl on

Congratulations to them! I love the name.

Jordan on

Congrats to them. I love the name Olivia šŸ™‚

“I apologize in advance for any obnoxiously precious new-dad tweets that may follow. Iā€™m under her spell.ā€”

^^^ too sweet!

Chantal on

What a great name! Olivia VanderBeek sounds so great!!
Congrats to this couple!

Sandy on

Congratulations to the happy new parents! My youngest daughter’s name is Olivia. When I had her 12 years ago, I thought that there weren’t alot of Olivia’s out there! Well, I guess I was wrong!! LOL. I am still glad I called her Olivia, as I know if I didn’t, I would have regretted it eventually. Princess Olivia. God bless this beautiful new family!!

olivia on

yay finally an olivia

Mia on

My favorite name šŸ™‚ Congrats!

Shawna on

My oldest daughter is Olivia! A classic and beautiful name, it will never go out of style.

nico on

not sure where the other post from the “look for less” section went. those two postings looked funny right below each other, because kimberly didn’t really look too far along on the other post and then this one already announced the birth (yes, I know that the pics from the “look for less” section are sometimes a bit older already).

anyways, sweet tweet, sweet name, sweet dress in the other picture–congrats, well done!

Olivia on

Yay! Another one of us in the world! Congrats to the family x

Brooklyn on

Cute couple, and I really like the name!

Jennifer on

Congratulations to James and Kimberly! And welcome to the world baby Olivia!

I love the name Olivia…my favorite for a girl. šŸ™‚

Tee on

Olivia is such a beautiful name… always been on the top of my “girl name list.” Congratulations to James and Kimberly!

Mel on

Love the name. Very classic/timeless.

Emily on

Congrats to them. So cute. I love the name Olivia, like others, it has always been on top of my girl list mainly because I was originally going to be called Olivia up until the day I was born.

Bancie1031 on

Congratulations to James and Kimberly ….. I love the name Olivia …. does she have a middle name?

CelebBabyLover on

Great name! šŸ™‚

LisaS on

What wonderful news! Another girl for the Dawson’s Creek crew. First Michelle, then Katie, now James. I’m now waiting for Joshua to have a daughter too.

Anyway, congrats to James and Kimberly on the birth of their new baby girl. He already sounds like he’s going to be an amazing father, and Olivia sure is going to be one lucky baby with a father who dotes on her.

Luna on

Love the name Olivia, it’s my youngest’s name. When there was a post on suggestions for their daughter’s name, I said Olivia in one of the comments, I believe. Not to say I’m the reason they named her Olivia, but just saying I love the name. Congrats James and Kimberly.

sgv on

love the name! congrats to the new parents!

“.. Iā€™m under her spell” SO SWEET!

Melissa on

Im very happy for the family!! My daughter is named Olivia too!! And this Olivia was born the day after my bday!!