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Steve Howey and Sarah Shahi: Our Twins Brought Us Closer Together

01/13/2016 at 01:00 PM ET

Having a child changed everything for Steve Howey and Sarah Shahi.

“We used to go on vacations all the time, but then suddenly Sarah was pregnant,” the Shameless actor tells PEOPLE of life prior to son William Wolf‘s birth in 2009. “All our energy was going to the baby.”

But when the couple welcomed twins Violet Moon and Knox Blue last March, they felt a little more prepared for what was in store.

“It is not easy, but all three are beautiful babies,” says Howey. “We’re a very close-knit family, just bigger.”

Shahi, 36, gave birth to Violet (who is the older twin by two hours) and Knox at their Sherman Oaks, California, home — a decision the couple made after watching a documentary called The Business of Being Born.

“You have more control during a home birth and with hospital births, there is a system in place and we didn’t like the whole system,” Howey explains. “[Sarah] did not like the idea of being injected with stuff and having a c-section.”

Steve Howey Sarah Shahi twins Violet Knox family photo
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Steve Howey and Sarah Shahi Welcome Twins Violet Moon and Knox Blue

03/06/2015 at 02:35 PM ET

Sarah Shahi Welcomes Twins
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It was another home birth — times two! — for Sarah Shahi.

The actress, who plays former government assassin Sameen Shaw on the CBS drama Person of Interest, welcomed twins, daughter Violet Moon and son Knox Blue, on Sunday, March 1, at home in Los Angeles, a rep for Shahi tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Shahi, 35, and her husband Steve Howey, 37, who stars on the Showtime series Shameless, are also parents to 5½-year-old son William Wolf.

The Texas-bred star previously opened up about her first delivery, telling Pregnancy in 2010 about the water birth. “[He] came out into a tub of water and then my husband brought him up for air,” she said.

“I never thought I would be one of those wacky chicks who say, ‘I loved my labor,’ but I loved every part of it. It was the best day of my life.”

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