Ice-T, Coco welcome daughter Chanel Nicole

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Ice-T and Nicole "Coco" Austin welcomed an early Christmas gift on Saturday morning.

The veteran Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actor's model-wife gave birth to their first child together, daughter Chanel Nicole, Austin announced on Instagram. Her photo shows the 18-inch, 5.7 pound yawning newborn swaddled in a blanket and wearing a pink bow headband in the hospital room.

"Surprise!!! Look who came early!! Welcome the new arrival of Chanel Nicole," the new mother captioned the photo of her infant baby girl. "A beautiful healthy 5.7 pound and 18 inch baby girl .Ice and I are so proud! I cried while she was coming out I was so excited to meet her!"

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Ice-T, Coco welcome daughter Chanel Nicole
Ice-T And Coco hosted and performed at The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort on Saturday November 07, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Ice-T And Coco hosted and performed at The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort on Saturday November 07, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 26: Ice-T and Coco Austin attend the Paley Center for Media's tribute to african-american achievements in television at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 26, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Ice-T and Coco attend David Tutera's CELEBrations: Ice-T & Coco's Pre-Birthday Party For Baby Chanel at Cedar Lake Events on October 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for WE tv)
LAS VEGAS, NV - December 31 : Ice-T and Coco ring in New Years Eve at LAX Nightclub at Luxor Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 31, 2012. Kabik/Starlite/MediaPunch Inc/IPX
LAS VEGAS, NV - December 31 : Ice-T and Coco ring in New Years Eve at LAX Nightclub at Luxor Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 31, 2012. Kabik/Starlite/MediaPunch Inc/IPX
LAS VEGAS, NV - September 1:Coco and Ice-T pictured as Coco and Ice-T host Peepshow wrap party at Body English at Hard Rock Hotel & Casono on September 1, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: Kabik/Starlitepics /MediaPunch Inc./IPX
Actor Ice-T and wife Nicole "Coco" Austin attend the premiere of "Top Five" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Coco Austin, left, and Ice-T, right, attend the PaleyFest New York "Law & Order: SVU" panel discussion during The William S. Paley Television Festival at The Paley Center for Media on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, In New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Rapper Ice-T waves at spectators with his wife Coco by his side as they ride aboard a float honoring retired military service animals during the 2014 annual Veterans Day parade in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Coco and Ice-T attend at ESPN The Party on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 11: Actors Ice-T (L) and Coco Austin arrive at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 22nd Annual Hall of Fame Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 11, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Brian Dowling/Invision for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
Nicole "Coco" Austin and Ice-T attend the Joyful Revolution Gala to benefit the Joyful Heart Foundation at Cipriani 42nd Street on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this July 19, 2012 file photo, model Coco, left, and Ice T pose at "The Art of Rap" World Premiere at Hammersmith Apollo in London. The couple star in their own reality series, “Ice Loves Coco.” The new season's show premieres Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 on E! (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP, File)
Ice-T and wife Coco Austin attend Heidi Klum's 15th Annual Halloween Party at TAO Downtown on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Ice-T, left, and Coco Austin arrive at The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences "22nd Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony" at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, March 11, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Ice-T and Nicole "Coco" Austin from the show "Ice Loves Coco" attend an E! Network upfront event at Gotham Hall on Monday, April 30, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Ice-T, right, and Nicole "CoCo" Austin arrive to the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump in New York, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Ice-T and Nicole "Coco" Austin attend the Princess Grace Foundation Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actor Ice-T and wife Nicole "Coco" Austin attend the the world premiere of 'The Other Guys' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actor Ice-T and wife Nicole "Coco" Austin attend the premiere of "Safe" hosted by Lionsgate, The Cinema Society and TW Steel at Chelsea Cinemas on Monday, April 16, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Photo by: Mitch Gerber/starmaxinc.com ©2005 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 4/21/05 Ice-T and Coco at a record release party for "The Emancipation of Mimi". (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Ice-T, right, and his wife Coco pose for photographers as they arrive for the "2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Monday March 14, 2005. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
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Ice-T also shared his excitement with his social media followers, posting to Twitter, "Ladies and Gentlemen! Please allow me to introduce to the World.... Baby Chanel 5.7 pounds. Love is Love."

The couple wed in January 2002.

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