Lacey Chabert Reveals the Inspiration Behind Daughter Julia’s Name (and It’s Not Party of Five!)

09/16/2016 at 11:15 AM ET

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Two weeks after giving birth to Julia Mimi Bella, Lacey Chabert is opening up about how it felt to lay eyes on her first child.

“Meeting my daughter for the first time was the most special moment of my life,” the Mean Girls actress tells PEOPLE exclusively of her and husband Dave Nehdar‘s baby girl, who was born in Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 5:24 p.m., weighing 7 lbs., 3 oz.

Adds Chabert, 33, “They laid Julia on my chest in the delivery room and my heart completely melted. She was just so peaceful.”

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“She stared at me with the most loving look in her beautiful eyes as she studied my face,” the PEOPLE blogger recounts of their first meeting.

“I instantly fell deeply in love with her,” Chabert continues. “The pure joy of finally being able to see and kiss her sweet little face was a moment I’ll treasure forever. She truly is a blessing from God.”

Of Julia’s name, the Party of Five alum didn’t get it from her former castmate Neve Campbell‘s character on the show, contrary to some fans’ beliefs.

“We named her after my mom,” she explains. “My mother and I have always had a very close relationship, so I wanted to honor my mom by naming my daughter Julia as well.”

Jen Juneau with reporting by Anya Leon

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SouthernBelle on

Wow, such a beautiful baby!

Maria on

She really is a cute baby. It’s so nice to see a celebrity’s kid with a normal, pretty, not-trying-too-hard name.

Rosie on

Beautiful little angel!

sally on

LOVELY- her daughter, her name, and the tribute to her mom!!

Katie on

Such a beautiful baby! Blessings to this family; they seem so excited and happy to have their darling baby girl…..

Anonymous on

What a beautiful baby! Kudos to Lacey for pulling through the Hollywood ‘child actress’ years without any scandals or addictions. She deserves a happy and healthy child and marriage. Blessings to them!

Mistie on

Beautiful baby. I’m a little surprised she had been so public with her daughter though. For years she hid her relationship, even when she got married she didn’t share his name. I would have thought she would continue the same her her child

Gramma2Four on

What a gorgeous baby girl!!

skigirl25 on

There’s nothing like the moment that you meet your child for the first time.

Monika on

What a beautiful baby

Sarah on

Seriously cute baby!

Amy on

She is a stunning baby. Congrats to the happy parents.

Lucy on

Wow… she’s so beautiful, I love her name (I think that’s an amazing way to honor her mom)!! Congrats to Lacey and her husband on the birth of their adorable baby girl!!

Nancy on

Congratulations on your little, she is beautiful. I love the tribute to your Mother by naming the little one after her.
The very best to you and your husband.
She is God’s Blesing to you both