Sherri Saum Introduces Twin Sons John and Michael

08/06/2014 at 07:00 PM ET

After playing a mother of five on The Fosters for two seasons, Sherri Saum finally has a family of her own.

The actress and husband Kamar de los Reyes welcomed twins John Rubén and Michael Luís on May 13. Now, the proud mama is sharing the first photos of her sweet sons exclusively with PEOPLE.

“I love how they look at me,” Saum, 39, says of her boys. “I feel like they trust me, and in turn I feel like these little dudes are going to always have my back.”

For more on how the star has bonded with her babies, what’s next for her show and the words of wisdom executive producer Jennifer Lopez gave her, read our Q&A below. And catch Saum in The Fosters on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

Sherri Saum Introduces Twins First Photos
Michael, Kamar, Sherri and John – Anamaria Brandt/

Congratulations on your beautiful boys! How did you pick their names?

Thank you so much!  At first we were trying to get creative with their first names but ultimately we decided that they already have a lot to live up to with their last name being de los Reyes (of the kings)!

You said you wanted to meet them first before committing to the names for sure — how did you decide which name fit which baby? 

It was an easy fit for both. John means gracious, and when he was delivered he didn’t even scream. Just a very polite whimper to let us know he arrived. Michael was easy because I always felt it was such a masculine name. And Michael looked so very masculine even from the day he was born. My little man-baby.

How was your labor and delivery experience?

It was pretty chill up until my water broke. I checked into the hospital the night before because we just knew it was going to happen. I was full term with twins. I was only in active labor for an hour and 20 minutes — I got an epidural, but I think they gave me a placebo because I felt everything!

I didn’t think the first boy was ever going to come out — but Kamar was right there cheering me on — he was in full coach mode to the point that I had to turn to him and say, “Um babe — okay could ya just not say anything for a minute?!” But he made me feel like I could do anything, and he was so proud of me.

Do you and your husband divide and conquer caring for the twins?

We do. We have a factory-like system going on with the feeding and bathing. I’m lucky because Kamar has a very organized way of approaching everything he does, and it comes in handy with babies who need structure.  He has a 17-year-old son, Caylen, so it’s not his first rodeo.

Sometimes I’ll be pulling my hair out, and he’ll just swoop in like some mythical baby whispering superhero — he straps them onto his chest and salsa dances with them — or plays the congas while bouncing them on an exercise ball.

 What most surprised you about becoming a new mom?

How breastfeeding has become like breathing. I used to think I would be freaked out when I’m out in public, but Kamar and I take the boys with us to dinner, and I just throw on my little cape thingy, and I don’t miss a beat.

Are John and Michael on the same eating/sleeping schedule?

They are definitely on the same schedule during the day, but nighttime is a little hit and miss … we’re getting there though. They sleep in side by side cribs.

How did you decorate their nursery? 

The nursery is such a beautiful, calm oasis. It’s a lot of blue and pale green — it has a vintagey feel that this amazing woman, Leah Ash from Silk Events, helped put together. She gave our dark oak cribs to an amazing artisan named Ziggy the Hipster, and he refinished them in a gorgeous rustic blue. He also made us geometric-shaped hanging bookshelves, and we filled them with books and stuffed animals. We had these delicious, zany ikat print drapes custom-made that just make the room come alive.

I want the boys to be dazzled and to daydream, and their room is definitely the place for that.

Sherri Saum Introduces Twins First Photos
Michael and John – Anamaria Brandt/

Can you tell that the twins have different personalities yet? 

Definitely. Michael is full of buzzy energy and can barely contain himself. John is my zen Buddha boy. Very observant and mellow. He’s always looking at Michael like, “Bro, could you calm yourself, please?

Have you mixed them up at all?

They are fraternal, and Michael is bigger than John, but there are times when they sort of meld into each other — definitely hard to tell them apart on the baby monitor at night!

You and Teri Polo seem like such close friends off-screen. Is she like “Aunt Teri” to the twins?

She really is. She was the boys’ first visitor in the hospital after my family! She’s such an effortless mother, she’ll come over and snatch one of the boys and just go change his diaper when needed — she’s a natural. And they can’t take their eyes off her. Michael flirts shamelessly with her.

Did playing a mom on The Fosters teach you about becoming one in real life?

The show deals a lot with sacrifices that you make as parents and how no love is stronger than that of a parent and child — all that unconditional stuff. And I get that now more than ever.

Your character Lena just lost the baby she was carrying after suffering from pre-eclampsia. Was that a tough plot line for you?

It really was. When [executive producer] Joanna Johnson came to me to discuss what she was writing for that episode, I stood in a puddle of tears just hearing about it. It was tough straddling fiction and reality during filming. Luckily, I have the most supportive cast and crew an actor could ever ask for, and we got through it.

Moving forward, what can we expect for Lena and her family?

It’s interesting, the writers and producers have woven such a complex web of characters and have so much personal experience to mine for the show, every script just gets better and better. We explore the mundane things that all families deal with but also mix it up with some twists and turns.

I don’t know what’s coming next, but I know it will be damn good. ABC Family got this so right.

Has Jennifer Lopez given you any parenting advice? 

Last time I saw her, she just hugged me and said, “Hang on tight, girl, you’re in for the ride of your life.”

Sherri Saum Introduces Twins First Photos
Anamaria Brandt/

— Michele Corriston

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Juanita on

Nice normal names!!

Kristin on

My twin boys are named John and Michael

Candy on

What a beautiful family. Those baby boys are adorable!

Heather on

Adorable photos!

Linda on

I have twin grandsons who are 7 months old (born on Christmas Eve) and we are so thrilled with them. They take a lot of work but will grow up with a best friend for life. Her babies are adorable and I wish her the best. Normal names in the celebrity world are very unusual and I commend the parents for choosing them.

Meredith on

Finally-normal celebrity baby names! Well done!

Guest on

Cutie pies! So sweet!

Dulce Mae on

These may be normal names, but there the most boring.

Nicole on

Those babies are the cutest ever!!! Love the names and they look like a loving family. Also love how she mentioned his older son, I bet he appreciated it when he read it.

Anonymous on

Beautiful Family.. I loved you guys on my favorite soap…One life to live

Tajma on

Gorgeous family

Vic on

I never heard of her, but her boys are absolutely beautiful. She is too. Congrats to them

DaisyMoon on

Wow…really wonderful photos…every single one…

The boys are breathtaking and the mom seems great (and normal).

LOVED dad as Antonio Vega on OLTL!

Catherine on

Oooh, that picture of them in the basket with their little pants on is too cute for words! How adorable.

Cindy on

Wow she’s absolutely gorgeous as well as those beautiful babies! She has long been a favorite actress of mine and loved him as Antonio Vega on OLTL.

Congrats to them!

Courtney on

Now I KNOW she is not married to my husband in my head Antonio from One Life To Live…smh *crushed*….but the boys are beyond cute though, great looking family.

mel on

Their boys are going to be so gorgeous with parents like them. Loved them both on OLTL especially Kamar as Antonio.

JB on

Congrats from Kettering!

Rachel on

Absolutely stunning, and might I add beautiful baby boys. And thanks God they have normal names!!

Nicole on

Those baby boys are so adorable. I just want to hug them. I also like the names she picked out. They are a classic. I really believe Sherri is going to be an amazing mom. She seems very down to earth.

kate on

stunning couple, darling babies……….

Kyndra on

Absolutely adorable!!!

Charli on

Gorgeous family! Congrats to them!!!

x2023 on

What a gorgeous woman. What a beautiful family.

KC on

I’ve loved Sherri since her days on Sunset Beach and Kamar on OLTL (we used to call him Smoky because of that voice and those eyes). When I read that they’d married, my first thought was “they’re going to have some pretty babies.” And just look at those twins. They’re gorgeous. Congrats to the de los Reyes family!

Janey on

May your beautiful sons bring you as much joy, happiness and amusement as our wonderful 16 year old twin young ladies have brought us 🙂 Cheers!

kleinstfamilie on

ah, can I borrow them?!?

alee on

I love Sherri on the Fosters and those babies are damn adorable

Bella on

Beautiful babies but PLEASE do something with that hair….it looks awful!!!

Lindy on

Beautiful babies…love it that they had the good sense to give these little guys names they can be proud of…enough of those ridiculous names ….

valeskas on

Gorgeous babies.

Shay on

Such cute babies! !Que bonita la familia!

emma on

Couple of cuties

Anonymous on

OMG!! The cutest babies I have seen in a long time!! I also long the strong, traditional “normal” names!! Hurray-they didn’t use silly names that the boys will have to grow up with!

CDS on

@Bella: What is your problem? As long as she & her husband are happy with each other why do you care about her hair? Her hair has nothing to do with you! My goodness, sometimes other women are just bitchy for no good reason!

Renee on

Those little boys are the cutest babies…I love the normal names too, both are very masculine. Such cute pics and congratulations!

Brie on

Beautiful twins. Congratulations. I loved them on One Life to Live.

Tay on

Like the twin boys normal name. Congrats to them!

guest on

OMG!! How adorably delicious are they!? Congratulations!

melancholyjoy25 on

Such a beautiful family, and hurrah for normal yet still GREAT names!

lola on

I’ve never seen the show. I just wanted to see baby pictures : )

They are so adorable! Congratulations to them. I love her hair.

Bella on

@CDS….Whos being bitchy here? I make a comment that apparently YOU dont like and I’M being bitchy? It was an honest comment. Honesty…imagine it?

And, it DOES have something to do with this photo/article when its as distracting as it is. its my opinion which, last time I checked i was allowed to have…..

Bella on

PS, @CDS..I didnt say i wished her ill or say that her family wasnt happy…youre reading way too much into a comment.

Carolline on

Awwww!!! So cute!!!

amarauhiara2013 on

@Bella Her hair is natural – and as women of African descent, the right to and pride in letting our hair be as it grows is something that’s saturated in years of cultural erasure and social conditioning, from relaxers to wigs and extensions to hot pressing.

Anyone who knows about black hair knows the difference between healthy and unhealthy natural hair. Her hair is healthy – the difference in texture (especially as a mixed woman) is just something that many outsiders misunderstand and mislabel as unkempt.

Carrow on

Yay! Finally! And they are adorable and look just like Kamar to me. 🙂

Good job mama and daddy.

Jen on

Twins rule, it is known! Congrats and many blessings to the family.

Lynn on

Bella, you are definitely allowed to have your opinion, but that also means others have the right to react to that opinion. Whether you intended or not, I too read your comment as judgmental, particularly since you chose to type “please “in all caps. Your response to CDS didn’t change my mind. Instead of commenting on two beautiful babies and clearly happy parents, you chose to focus on Sherri’s hair and how it displeased you. To me, one of the wonderful things in life is that beauty comes in many shapes and forms.

diane on

Beautiful family, but have NO idea who they are.

jlo27916 on

Aw they are so cute! I have Identical (mono-di) boys and they are almost two! it goes so fast! Having twins is fantastic and a journey like no other! Two boys are lot of fun and a lot of work!

jlo27916 on

My twin boys are Clayton Justin and Cole Salvador

Kestrel on

Very cute. I appreciate normal names but these are so dull they might as well call them Boy 1 and Boy 2.

It’s always nice to have happy, healthy babies born into families who really want and love them!

Sam on

Honestly, I have NO idea who these people are but those are some handsome babies!!!! Like I couldn’t resist commenting because they are that cute.

maria on

i wonder if Michhel is the one looking at the camera and very much aware ! lol,, pictuee is adorable and kids are too ! they look like Lena !

KL on

Omg look at those babies!!!! sooo cute, love all the dark hair 😀

2014Guest on

I like them already, I share the same b-day with them.

Brittany on

our boys were born on the same day!

Hea on

Could they be any cuter? Oh wow! My heart just melted.

Abbie on

Beautiful couple, beautiful baby boys! So happy for them!

Isabel on

Those babies are gorgeous!

Penny on

I wish she was my mom, seriously