Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford have welcomed their first child into the world.

The 'SUPERMAN RETURNS' actor and his partner - who have been married since November 2007 - became parents to a boy, Leo James Routh, yesterday (10.08.12), and Brandon can't stop looking at his newborn son, who weighs 8 lbs.

He told PEOPLE: ''We're in awe ... we can't take our eyes off him!''

The couple revealed in March that Courtney was expecting, and they found it hard to keep her pregnancy a secret after everyone on the set of his new series 'Partners' kept asking him about it.

He said: ''Everyone on set keeps asking, 'Do you have kids?' And I've had to say, 'Well, not yet!' It's the truth. The baby hasn't been born yet!''

Courtney - who is known for her roles on 'True Blood' and 'Parenthood' - admitted she had used a number of excuses, such as food poisoning and flu, but they only worked ''for so long''.

She added: ''It started getting difficult to hide what was happening. Flu and food poisoning excuses only work for so long, and by the last episode I could no longer button my pants! I just tried to joke that I had a big lunch.''