03/31/2011 at 08:15 AM EDT
Her 30 Rock
character Avery Jessup is a new mom – and it turns out Elizabeth Banks is as well.
The actress and husband Max Handelman have welcomed son Felix via gestational surrogate, Banks Tweeted
"I have been very fortunate in life both professionally and personally," Banks, 37, wrote on her Web site
in a blog post announcing the birth.
"The one true hurdle I've faced in life is that I have a broken belly. After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy."
"From that came two miracles," she continues. "The first was meeting our carrier and her husband who were truly humbling in their decency and generosity. And the second miracle was the birth of our baby boy, Felix Handelman. Felix means 'happy' and 'lucky' in Latin. And true to his name, Felix is a very happy baby and a blessing on our life."
Banks and Handelman – who met on her first day of college in 1992 – wed in July 2003
Reporting by BLAINE ZUCKERMAN