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It’s Official: Candice King is Back from Maternity Leave!

When news broke a few weeks ago that Candice King was going on maternity leave, fang fans freaked out a bit. Sure, everyone was happy for the 28-year-old Vampire Diaries actress — not to mention excited for her to rest up and enjoy some quality time with her little bundle of joy — but the mere thought of Caroline Forbes-less episodes, even just a handful, was too painful to bear.

That being said, we have some excellent news: Candice has officially returned to set and is ready to dive into the latest Mystic Falls drama! The ecstatic new mom, who gave birth to an adorable baby girl named Florence May King on January 15, is already hard at work, filming new scenes for the remainder of TVD season 7. And in an attempt to make her transition from bonding with her daughter to being vervained by vengeful huntresses less strenuous, the show’s cast and crew members joined forces to make her first day back as pleasant as possible.

Take a look:

Candice King returns from maternity leave

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“Such a warm welcome from my Vampire family!” she announced via Instagram on Wednesday, March 2. “So excited to be stepping back into Caroline’s shoes. Time to finish up season 7!”

So what, exactly, was Candice up to when she wasn’t rocking fangs, making out with Stefan Salvatore, or dealing with dangerous supernatural situations? Why, creating special memories with her family, of course! From quaint picnics in the park with her husband, The Fray guitarist Joe King, to indulging in some Super Bowl-themed fun with real-life bestie Kayla Ewell, the blonde beauty soaked up every glorious second of her free time. “So proud to call this woman my wife and the mother of our beautiful Florence,” her smitten husband captioned the photo below. Aw!

Candice King enjoying a picnic with her husband and baby

Source: Instagram

On that note, let’s hear it for this diligent mom and her impressive commitment to her role! Are you glad to have Candice back on board and see her wrap up any loose ends on Caroline’s season-seven arc? Tell us in a comment!

Mark your calendar: The Vampire Diaries airs Friday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW