Zooey Deschanel Gets Married and Welcomes a Daughter

08/03/2015 at 07:40 PM ET

Zooey Deschanel Welcomes First Child
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There’s a new girl in town.

Zooey Deschanel is a new mom — and a new wife! — after welcoming a daughter with husband Jacob Pechenik, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

The baby girl was reportedly born in Austin, Texas, in late July, according to the New York Post‘s Page Six.

The New Girl star, 35, confirmed exclusively to PEOPLE in January that she and producer Pechenik were engaged and expecting a baby together.

“Jacob and I are over the moon. We are so excited to meet our little one,” the mom-to-be said.

Although the actress struggled with a few parts of her pregnancy — “You can’t have sushi, you can’t have cheese that tastes good,” she told Jimmy Kimmel — the couple had fun keeping their baby’s sex a guessing game.

“We are going to be surprised. It’s more fun, you know. Make it into a game,” she said during her March appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

But their hope to keep it a delivery surprise took a bit of work — especially when it came time for her ultrasounds.

“You’re like, ‘Don’t tell me, don’t tell me!’ ” she said. “The last time the technician [said], ‘Just so you know, I always use the pronoun he — it’s just my habit.’ She set it up because we were paranoid. Most people want to find out.”

Deschanel and Pechenik already have a playmate for their new baby: The new mama’s sister Emily Deschanel welcomed her second son in June.

— Anya Leon

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full name on

Not announcing their wedding to the media does not mean it’s a “secret”. It just means they chose to open their lives up to the people _they_ care about and not the rest of us.

So excited to hear this news!

wellspring on

I didn’t want to know the sex either, through all the testing, and even at the delivery. I wanted the child to be a child, not a sex. But the delivery nurse said a pronoun right away, and my OB/GYN had been soooo good about it, even told the staff in the delivery room not to say anything. but, alas.

D on

What is with people now getting married once the girl’s pregnant. The idea never came to your mind until the girl got knocked up?

Jamie on

Dating a year and the baby’s already here…yeah, that’s gonna work!

K on

These medical professionals are sonographers or ultrasound technologists not “technicians”.

Kat on

I know this sounds weird from a random stranger on the interwebz but it’s like I knew she’d have a girl.

Kestrel on

I didn’t want to know, either. It’s not like I wasn’t going to ever shop for the baby anyway. What’s wrong with white, green or yellow? We went with a classic themed nursery. I HATE pink as it seems so forced. I had boys, thankfully. I wanted them and knew that’s what I’d have. *whew*

Truthfinder on

To “D”
It’s called creating a family under the circumstances…the best for the child…most do not get married today, unfortunately. They did the right thing for themselves and their baby most of all…

CLF on

“D” – people have always been doing it, it’s just with the media the way it is, we hear about it more often. My 18-year-old mother got pregnant with me 3 months into dating my father and they were married right before I was born. Almost 40-years-later, they’re still married!

Anonymous on

Awww, congrats to them! I wonder why she and her sister are being so secretive about their babies’ names, though (especially Emily, since she had no problem telling us her first child’s name!)?

Anonymous on

wellspring: that’s awesome