Kiele Sanchez and Zach Gilford welcomed daughter Zeppelin Adele via surrogate in November
Happy holidays, indeed.
Kingdom actress Kiele Sanchez and her husband, former Friday Night Lights star Zach Gilford, have welcomed a baby girl, they confirm to PEOPLE exclusively.
Daughter Zeppelin Adele Gilford was born on Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Los Angeles.
“It’s been a long, painful journey for us,” the couple tell PEOPLE. “Zeppelin is the light of our lives.”
While the names would seem music-inspired, in reality neither are. The couple simply love the name Zeppelin, while Adele is after Gilford’s grandmother.
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After several attempts to start a family, the couple revealed in October 2015 that they had lost a baby near the end of Sanchez’s third trimester.
“We regretfully confirm that Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez recently lost their child to a late-term miscarriage,” the couple’s rep told PEOPLE at the time.
The actress later detailed her emotional devastation — and her subsequent return to the Kingdom set to play her pregnant character — in an essay for The Hollywood Reporter in 2016.
“The amount of pain I felt consumed me,” she wrote. “When I looked at myself in the mirror my mind somersaulted. I’m pregnant again. It was all a bad dream. A bad dream I was going to have to [perform] again and again until we ‘got it.’ “
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Determined to try again, the couple turned to surrogacy earlier this year and ultimately chose a surrogate to carry their baby.
“We have always wanted to be parents, and Zeppelin has made our dreams come true,” they tell PEOPLE of their new addition.