05/29/2009 at 04:00 PM EDT
Former Family Matters
actress Jaimee Foxworth and her longtime boyfriend, Michael Shaw, welcomed son Michael Douglas Shaw Jr. Friday in Los Angeles, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
The baby boy, who was 10 days overdue, weighed in at 6 lbs., 11 oz., and was 19 ¼ inches long.
"This is the best day of my life," Foxworth, 29, shared – via text! – from the delivery room. "I am so excited to be a mother and I also look forward to getting back to work."
When she announced her pregnancy
in December, Foxworth told PEOPLE, "I haven't been this happy in years."
The actress faced some tough times after being written off of Family Matters
, turning to drugs and eventually ending up on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
. However, with a new baby and a new outlook on life, Foxworth is ready to rebuild. She shared with PEOPLE, "I've been through a lot of pain in the past and … I now look forward to years of joy to share with my child."
First up for Foxworth – after spending some time with baby! – is an episode of the new reality series Life After
, airing in August on TV One.