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Michael Ealy: Son Elijah’s Milestones ‘Warm My Heart’

02/28/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

Michael Ealy Son Elijah Andrew Evans/PR Photos

Michael Ealy prefers to keep his personal life private, but it appears that becoming a father may have softened his thoughts on the matter ever so slightly.

The About Last Night star and wife Khatira Rafiqzada wed in October 2012 (although they didn’t announce the nuptials until December) and welcomed a baby boy, Elijah, last year.

“We have a son,” Ealy, 40, told Steve Harvey while appearing on his show in February. “I never understand why people announce the birth of their children.”

Although that was all the actor shared about his baby boy at the time, PEOPLE caught up with Ealy on Thursday at the 2014 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, where he told us the best part about being a dad are “those moments that you can’t record on film.”

“There are multiple milestones every day,” the Almost Human star says of his son, whom PEOPLE has learned arrived last spring. “He said ‘Mama’ yesterday in the car and it really warmed my heart. It was a lot of babbling!”

– Reporting by Mariah Haas

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Isabel on

He has gorgeous eyes.

Paula on

He is sooooo good looking!!!!!!

klutzy_girl on

I love him and miss Common Law! Cute story.

DaisyMoon on

YUM, YUM…and oh yeah, YUM…

Ris on

He’s cute but looks intense and like he has a drinking problem

Sandra on

Between he and his wife I’ll bet that baby is gorgeous.

Denise on

He has amazing eyes

Leslie on

Love him! I hope they don’t cancel Almost Human. He and Karl Urban are a great team.

Anonymous on

I just love him!! Khatira is simply gorgeous and I would love to see a pic of Elijah, but I do understand need for privacy.

Didy on

Love the Almost Human show, he is great on it!

Amy on

People stop wasting our time with this kind of actors stories.

lil on

married in ocobter, baby born in spring.
shotgun marriage it seems like.

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