Anna Nightingale has been inundated with well-wishes after welcoming her second child, Ava Noëlle, with fiancé Daren Dixon last month.
As well as messages from fans, she's also had an outpouring of love from her former Emmerdale co-stars.
The 30 year old even had a chance emotional meeting with actor, Alex Lincoln, who plays her fictional husband on the ITV soap, after the new addition to their family arrived.
"I literally bumped into Alex Lincoln, close to where we live and that was really surreal and really emotional actually," she told OK! when showing the world her baby girl for the first time.
Anna also revealed she's up for a play date with former co-star Amy Walsh, who's expecting her first baby soon.
"I’d love to! Amy is a riot – I love her," she said.
Anna left the soap after her character Andrea Tate was murdered by serial killer Meena Jutla.
There has been some speculation among Emmerdale fans whether Andrea is actually dead and even her fiancé Daren is unsure. During our exclusive video he asked the mother of their two children – Ava and their eldest daughter Autumn, four – if she's "definitely dead."
"I don't know," Anna laughed. "She probably is."
Her departure from the Dales came at the right time as it's allowed her to spend time with her gorgeous family. And they all seem to be so smitten with their newest addition, who arrived at 10.42am on 1 December.
"She’s a little treasure," Daren told us. "She’s come at the perfect time, when everything is a bit uncertain. To be locked away in our little bubble focusing on her is a joy."
While Anna added: "For me, it’s been nice to experience it all again. The first time around I was like a rabbit in the headlights."
And Autumn is equally as chuffed with her little sister.
"She’s absolutely smitten," the actress revealed.
"It’s hard for her because she just wants to hold her and play with her but we have to explain that she’s still so little and new."
Read Anna and Daren's full interview – and see all the beautiful pictures from the family's OK! shoot – here. For more celebrity exclusives and interviews, sign up to our daily OK! newsletter.
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