09/06/2007 AT 12:00 PM EDT
And, say pals, the woman who has everything (beauty, an Oscar, a $14 million-per-movie paycheck and a gorgeous Canadian model boyfriend by the name of Gabriel Aubry who makes her breakfast in bed) now has the one thing she felt was missing: the chance to be a mom. "I'm so happy for her," says one friend. "Even three years ago, before she met Gabriel, she was already talking about wanting to have a baby." Adds her friend and former stylist Phillip Bloch: "Everyone says, 'Oh, Halle Berry. She's the complete package. 'Now she's the complete package. This is phenomenal for her."
And it's the perfect birthday present for Berry, who turned 41 on Aug. 14. In April the actress told PEOPLE that motherhood "is the most important thing that we do as women. I hope that a baby finds me someday soon." And not just because of a ticking biological clock or the fact that the Type 2 diabetes she was diagnosed with at 23 can complicate pregnancy. For Berry, the thought of missing out on being a mom felt like a hole in her heart. "Not that there's not more to accomplish," she told O'Dell last spring, "but I think I arrived at a point in life that I realized I needed more to get me up in the morning. . .and that's children. I need that like the air to breathe these days. And I'm ready."