It’s a party of three for Jennifer Love Hewitt!
The actress and her husband (yes, they secretly wed!), actor Brian Hallisay “are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter Autumn James Hallisay,” her rep tells PEOPLE.
Baby girl was born on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
The couple, who met on the Lifetime show The Client List, decided to keep the sex a surprise, celebrating with a gender-neutral baby shower in October.
One thing that wasn’t a surprise for the former Party of Five star was the realization that being a parent would be one of her greatest roles in life.
“I lost my mom a little less than a year and a half ago to cancer. Obviously, I got very lucky that even though I lost my mother, I lost her later in life, but it’s still had a profound effect on me,” Hewitt told PEOPLE in September.
“I’ve always wanted to be a mom,” she said. “I had a great relationship with mine. I’m ready to pass on to my child all the great love that my mom had for me.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt may be expecting her first child in December, but that doesn’t mean she’s been taking it easy. In fact, she picked up an extra project — designing a capsule collection for A Pea in the Pod maternity wear.
“Being pregnant for the first-time, I wasn’t sure exactly what pieces I was going to need at different stages. When I went to A Pea in the Pod, I gravitated toward the pieces I could wear early on in my pregnancy and that would also grow with me as my body kept changing. I no longer felt overwhelmed.” Hewitt tells PEOPLE about why she decided to team up with the line. “So with my collection, I wanted to design pieces that other moms-to-be could easily wear from the first trimester, throughout their pregnancy and even after their baby is born. It’s one less thing you have to think about or stress over while you’re preparing for or spending time with your new baby!”
So with that in mind, Hewitt created 15 pieces for her “L by Jennifer Love Hewitt” collection that are pretty classic and flexible — basic tees, printed maxis, cowlneck tops and comfy leggings. And she’s not just posing in the clothes for glam modeling shots; she’s already worn the leggings out and about.
“The leggings that have zippers on the side are my go-to piece in this collection. These are the perfect maternity item — they stretch and move with you and have that added embellishment makes you feel instantly chic,” she shares. “You can dress them up or down and feel great wearing them. I like to pair them with a tee or tunic for during the day and then I can throw on a leather jacket and booties for the night time.” (Though with just a few weeks left to go before her pregnancy, she says the maxi dresses are her go-tos — “They make me feel feminine and they are so comfortable!”)
Hewitt herself is no slouch in the maternity style department, though she admits to getting a little inspiration from Halle Berry. “She always looks chic and pulled together,” the designer says, “which proves that your pregnancy doesn’t have to compromise your personal style.”
So what’s her takeaway from her dual roles as mom-to-be and maternity designer? “Find the pieces that make you feel like you and the best and most confident version of you!” she advises. “If you invest in pieces like a maxi dress, side-ruched tees, a pair of leggings and a versatile blazer or jacket, you can mix and match all of them throughout your pregnancy.”
And, she hopes, in the months afterwards; it’s only a matter of time before we see her model them in the months after baby arrives. But you’ll have to wait until March to get your hands on the collection yourself in Pea in the Pod and select Destination Maternity stores.
Lifetime has just crossed off The Client List.
The cable network is axing Jennifer Love Hewitt’s latest TV series after two seasons.
In addition to modest ratings, EW confirmed the network and the show’s studio Sony Pictures Television conflicted with Hewitt about a possible third season storyline. Hewitt wanted her real-life fiance Brian Hallisay to play the father of her character’s child on the show.
Between the second season concluding with a mere 2.1 million viewers, and Lifetime planning to bring back dramas Devious Maids, The Witches Of East End, as well as developing other shows, the network let The Client List‘s third season pickup option lapse.
Jennifer Love Hewitt is featured on the cover and inside the Fall 2013 issue of “Modern Dog” magazine!
Jennifer Love Hewitt is one happy mom-to-be!
“I’m loving [being pregnant]! It’s really been a joy,” she told PEOPLE at Susan’s Magic Makers benefiting Camp Kesem in Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday. “I have no complaints. I mean, tired feet and all the stuff you hear about, but nobody needs to hear about that.”
Hewitt — whose engagement to her Client List costar Brian Hallisay was confirmed by PEOPLE on June 5, the day after her pregnancy was announced — attended the event in support of children affected by a parent’s cancer.
“I lost my mom a little less than a year and a half ago to cancer. Obviously, I got very lucky that even though I lost my mother, I lost her later in life, but it’s still had a profound effect on me,” the actress, 34, tells PEOPLE. “I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I had a great relationship with mine. I’m ready to pass on to my child all the great love that my mom had for me.”
Due in December, Hewitt still manages to work out five or six times a week, though her routine has switched to more swimming than weights.
“It’s making me feel good,” she said about her continued exercise regime. “I’ve been reading all these interesting stats about kids with pregnant moms who work out have all these great benefits, so I’m happy about that.”
She’s also embracing her body’s changes.
“I’ve been under scrutiny for 24 years of my life, so it’s been interesting to see how, when you really embrace what it’s about, it’s okay,” Hewitt said. “You just go with it, and it’s great.”
Though Hewitt and Hallisay have started shopping for their baby, she said they have yet to set anything up yet — or begin planning a wedding.
“[Being pregnant] is a lot to handle at the moment. Getting out of bed without making a weird, old lady noise is about all I can take right now,” she jokes.
Jennifer Love Hewitt was photographed out in Los Angeles on September 19th and I have just added 18 HQ and MQ images into our photo gallery!
Check out a clip of Jennifer Love Hewitt in the film “Jewtopia”.
Jewtopia is in theaters and On Demand beginning September 20.