Elizabeth Banks welcomes baby boy Felix with husband Max Handelman
"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: we make a 'baby cake' and bake it in another woman's 'oven,' " Banks wrote on her blog.
Banks, 37, said "two miracles" came of the process that ultimately yielded her son.
"Felix means 'happy' and 'lucky' in Latin. And true to his name, Felix is a very happy baby and a blessing on our life," she wrote.
The actress was congratulated by the Twittersphere, including celebrities Busy Phillips and Rainn Wilson, who congratulated her via tweets.
"What's greater than overjoyed? Megajoyed? Add humility, love, awe. Sprinkle w cute. Result: my new life as a mom. It's a boy!" she added on Twitter.
In 2012, Banks is set to appear with Sam Worthington, Ed Harris and Kyra Sedgwick in Asger Leth's action adventure "Man on a Ledge."
She'll also be co-directing and starring in "Movie 43," a film of short comedies that includes Gerard Butler, Kate Winslet, Kristen Bell, Hugh Jackman, Kate Bosworth, Uma Thurman, Justin Long, Josh Duhamel, Seann William Scott and Richard Gere, to name a few.
For now, though, Banks said, "If you need me, I'll be changing dirty diapers and trying to get some sleep."
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Photo: Elizabeth Banks at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23 in Park City, Utah. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival.