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Shanola Hampton Welcomes Daughter Cai MyAnna

01/22/2014 at 03:00 PM ET

Shanola Hampton Welcomes Daughter Cai MyAnna Gilles Toucas

Shanola Hampton is shamelessly in love: her baby girl is here!

The Shameless star and her husband Daren Dukes welcomed their first child on Monday, Jan. 20, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Daughter Cai MyAnna Dukes weighed in at 6 lbs., 3 oz. and measured 20 inches in length.

“We never knew how much was missing from our life until our baby girl arrived. So blessed, so overjoyed, pure bliss,” the couple tell PEOPLE.

Shortly after the birth, Hampton, 36, shared her excitement on Twitter.

“I thought I knew love before, but now I know love on a completely different level! Can’t believe my baby is here,” she wrote on Tuesday.

In September, Hampton and Dukes, producer of The Dallas Cowboy Show, announced they were expecting a daughter.

– Anya Leon

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Ruby on

Oh wow, I guess that’s why Veronica is pregnant on Shamless! At least they wrote Shanola’s pregnancy into the storyline instead of trying to hide it. Congrats!

Eleonor on

MyAnna? Cai? Kai is too commun I presume… Congrats anyway!

OhBoy on

She only gets a ‘congrats anyway’ simply because you don’t like the names, Eleanor??? There’s always an idiot in every bunch who feels the need to criticize others and you’re it on this thread. Word of advice…before you presume anything, you might want to learn how to spell ‘common’.

Lacey on

Love Shameless! V is hilarious! Congratulations!

guest on

Congratulations!!!!!

AllyB on

Congratulations to you & your husband! LOVE the name!!

Anonymous on

Congrats to them!

Mandy on

I love her character on Shameless. Congrats!

Amy on

Congratulations to Shanola & Daren on the birth of baby girl Cai!

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