Seth Avett and Jennifer Carpenter Welcome Son Isaac

08/10/2015 at 07:45 PM ET

Jennifer Carpenter is a new mom!

After her rep confirmed to PEOPLE in February that she and her fiancé, The Avett Brothers musician Seth Avett, were engaged and expecting their first child, they appear to have welcomed their new addition in late May, according to Avett’s Instagram account. PEOPLE has confirmed the couple are new parents to a son named Isaac.

The notoriously private actress touched on her pregnancy during a TCA panel on Monday.

Although Carpenter admits she had prior experience with a law enforcement role from her days on Dexter, the new mama’s focus — and challenge! — was on forgetting her baby belly while filming.

“I felt pretty equipped. It was more about ignoring my current circumstances of being 8½ months pregnant while we were shooting the pilot, and asking everyone else to pretend that stomach wasn’t there,” Carpenter, 35, says of her role on Limitless, set to premiere Sept. 22.

But the role on the CBS drama wasn’t a complete shoo-in from the start. According to Carpenter, she thought her burgeoning belly made her chances of scoring the spot slim.

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“I was 8½ months [pregnant] when we shot it. I got the script and I thought, I just want to throw my hat in the ring, knowing my odds of getting it in my condition were next to none,” she says. “I sent it in with an apology, if I’m being totally honest. It was me and my fiancé at our kitchen table having a good time.”

Carpenter continues, “So when my manager called and said, ‘They’d like you to do it’ … I’m still adjusting to the idea.”

Jennifer Carpenter Limitless TCA panel
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Fortunately, the mom-to-be had her mama’s figure and a great costume department working in her favor.

“I’m actually wearing something in the second episode that we tried to wear in the first around my pregnant belly,” she shares. “I don’t know if he’s a magician or what, but Marc Webb‘s camera angles, people crossing at the right time, I actually bumped into [co-star Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio]’s desk at one point and that actually made it into the show.”

She adds, “It was magic … I have my mother’s frame.”

No details — including the baby’s sex, name or birthdate — have been released.

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— Anya Leon with reporting by Aili Nahas and Julie Jordan

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Vanessa on

Great actress. Loved her in Dexter.

Shalla on

Congrats! She was married to Dexter co-star Michael C. Hall, whom I loved together! Hope mom amd baby are doing great.

RocketandGroot on

Hard to be happy for this couple knowing the lies and manipulation the Avett family and fans have dealt with. News reports say their relationship started in June 2013 but July 2012 is more accurate. Seth blindsided his wife with the news 4 months later. He filed for divorce in November 2012 and was seen with Jennifer in his hometown the following month. I hope for the baby’s sake that they are stable, but neither of them are trustworthy individuals.

Anonymous on

Happy for them but he sure looks like the Ice Truck Killer!

Anonymous on

RocketandGroot- As private as the both seem to be, I’d take all those “reports” with a HUGE grain of salt if not an entire salt shaker. I doubt that anybody really knows the truth about when their relationship started except them.

Anyway, congrats to them!

Anonymous on

Seth has already shared some pictures of their adorable baby on his instagram (helloclove). They made one beautiful baby boy.

Julie on

Very good actress. Happy for her.

Boobymama on

Sounds like “rocketandgroot” is the same person who came here shaming them when she announced her pregnancy. Perhaps someone close to his previous flame? Regardless of how their relationship started, they are together and have a child, rumors are just that,and frankly none of our business. Hope they enjoy their new baby.

Anonymous on

Awww, cute pictures. Don’t get why everyone (especially over on instagram!) is assuming the baby is a boy, though. S/he is wearing a gender-neutral onesie!

UNP on

Cute picture. Congrats to Seth and Jennifer!

andrea diomedi on

cuesso e un motive per venire un stupratore

andrea diomedi on

no a voglio di motivo e che oggi sto cellerato fra na bella puttana come questa la violenterio

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