All My Children star Alicia Minshew
) has just landed her biggest role to date: Mom.
Minshew and husband Richie Herschenfeld, welcomed their first child -- a baby girl -- earlier today . The baby was not due until later this month, but she decided to make her debut at 6:42 a.m. on November 4. She has been named Willow Lenora Herschenfeld; the baby's middle name honors Minshew's mother, Lenore. Little Willow weighed in at 5 lbs., 2 oz.
While the actress has yet to make a statement of her own, earlier this year Minshew said that she and her husband were "so thrilled" to be becoming parents.
It's already been an amazing twelve months for Minshew. In October 2008, she and Hershenfeld were married. In May of this year
, Minshew received her very first Daytime Emmy nomination.
All My Children opted not to write Minshew's pregnancy into the show. However, fans can expect to see Kendall off-screen for a period of time while Minshew takes maternity leave. The show has not revealed when Minshew will be written out or when she will return.
B&B star, DAYS hubby expecting their first child