Melissa Joan Hart: Why I’m Happy I Waited For Another Baby

02/14/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

Age is more than just a number for mom-of-three Melissa Joan Hart.

The actress, who welcomed her second child, Brady, now 4½, two years after the birth of her first son, Mason, now 7, says waiting until both boys were older to expand her family further was ideal.

“It’s definitely easier to have an infant when the other two boys are potty trained and can dress themselves,” Hart, 36, told PEOPLE at Wednesday’s Operation Shower event in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

“I’m able to enjoy every single minute, and that has been great.”

Basking in baby bliss with her now 5-month-old son Tucker, Hart is embracing the opportunity to relive all of the major milestones for a third time.

“[Tucker] is just such a happy baby, lots of smiles and laughing. Like the other boys, he has great motor skills and right now it’s fun to see him grab at things,” she says.

Melissa Joan Hart Operation Baby Shower
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Unlike his older brothers, however, Tucker is already sporting some long locks. “One of the biggest differences is that he has tons of hair,” she says.

Having welcomed three children, Hart is adamant about celebrating every birth, which is why she has teamed up with Operation Shower and Birdies for the Brave, a mission to host baby showers for military families whose partners are serving overseas.

“I can’t even imagine how difficult it is for these military moms going through pregnancy alone while their spouses are in harm’s way. It’s an emotional time, especially with all of the hormones,” she says of the event, hosted by Carousel Designs.

“Operation Shower and Birdies for the Brave do a great job of making these moms feel special and recognizing all of their sacrifices at home. It’s a sincere pleasure to support these two outstanding organizations.”

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, Hart and her husband Mark Wilkerson are looking forward to toasting to some couple time — only she’ll be phoning it in from the set of her show, Melissa & Joey.

“Valentine’s Day is my first day back at work, so I will be enjoying the day with the great cast and crew,” she says.

Continues Hart: “We usually celebrate the day before or the day after anyhow since it’s difficult getting a babysitter that night and it’s so crowded everywhere.”

— Anya Leon

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Jay on

Melissa Joan Hart seems so sweet and so REAL!! I’m sure she is a great mom!! It’s refreshing to see someone like this in Hollywood.

lauren on

I think that Operation Shower is such a great idea. Thanks Melissa for all the great work and helping those families. We too celebrate the following day for the same reasons. Tomorrow is our special night, plus it’s cheaper 🙂

Holiday on

I feel bad that she never got the little girl she wanted. Her boys are cute but 3 boys.. Yikes

Jennifer on

Yikes to 3 boys? Are you kidding me? Some families do not care whether they have boys or girls. Some families are complete regardless of society’s version of the perfect family. Congrats to Melissa, her hubs, and her beautiful boys!

lovely123 on

We waited five years until our third. It really is great to have the third at the “end”. The two older ones are at school for during the week, which makes it easy during the day. Then the older ones play with the baby when they are home, and I can get something done!

Soma on

Exactly, why “yike to three boys?” My husband comes from a family of three boys and they have gown up to be wonderful loving men who adore their parents and would do anything for them. I don’t know why people seem to often assume having girls is so much easier. I know people who always wished for a daughter, finally got what they wanted and their daughter was the most difficult of ther children! People should be happy with what God gives them and love their children regardless of gender or what they “wished for.”

Aj on

I hate going out on Valentines Day as well, due to the crowding and long waits. It is better just to spend quality time alone with your sweetie, yesterday we just ordered in Chinese and had a great time. We don’t have any children though, so I’m sure it would be more difficult for Melissa to do that.