James and Kimberly Van Der Beek Welcome Daughter Annabel Leah
Update: The couple have chosen Annabel Leah for their daughter, Kimberly posted Friday. “We named our baby girl,” she writes, sharing the new addition’s name in an Instagram photo.
“We felt like we needed to meet [her] first … and we’re just lazy,” he jokes. “We had not had a single discussion about a name before the baby was born. I said, ‘By the way, do you have a name?’ She said, ‘Well, only one name came to me.’ I said, ‘Yeah only one name came to me too.’ And it was the same name.”
Originally published Jan. 26: James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly welcomed their third child, a daughter, following a natural birth at home Saturday evening, Jan. 25, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
Baby girl weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. Further details, including the newborn’s name, have yet to be released.
“Kimberly and little one are doing really well,” his rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.
“There are moments where we will be dealing with the two, it will be a handful and I’ll think, ‘Well, this is about to get even trickier,’ ” the actor said.
The couple announced the pregnancy in August after discovering Kimberly was pregnant the night before they left for a month-long trip. Although they had intended to initially keep their news a secret, it didn’t quite turn out that way.
“My mom knew,” James says. Adds Kimberly, “She even wrote down what she thought the due date would be.”
One secret the couple did keep? The sex of their third child — they chose to wait for a delivery surprise.
“I never really had a preference with either one of the first two,” says the former Dawson’s Creek star. “We already have all the stuff for girls and boys, so there is no logistical reason for me to know, so we thought it would be fun to do it old school.”
On The Talk, the actor added that his elder daughter had it all figured out anyhow.
“Olivia knew before my wife was even showing. I was in the car and she said, ‘My sister’s hiding.’ I said, ‘Your sister’s hiding — where?’ She goes, ‘In Mommy’s tummy.’ Everybody thought boy with this one – it was a surprise for us. Every psychic and everybody who said they knew … ‘I’m telling you, it’s a boy.'”
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