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Michael Ealy prefers to keep his personal life private, but it appears that becoming a father may have softened his thoughts on the matter ever so slightly.

The About Last Night star and wife Khatira Rafiqzada wed in October 2012 (although they didn’t announce the nuptials until December) and welcomed a baby boy, Elijah, last year.

“We have a son,” Ealy, 40, told Steve Harvey while appearing on his show in February. “I never understand why people announce the birth of their children.”

Although that was all the actor shared about his baby boy at the time, PEOPLE caught up with Ealy on Thursday at the 2014 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, where he told us the best part about being a dad are “those moments that you can’t record on film.”

“There are multiple milestones every day,” the Almost Human star says of his son, whom PEOPLE has learned arrived last spring. ”He said ‘Mama’ yesterday in the car and it really warmed my heart. It was a lot of babbling!”

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