Monday 29 December 2014

“He is so cute I could just look at him all day," Maura Derrane gushes about new son Cal

Published 04/06/2014 | 05:00

Television presenter Maura Derrane
Television presenter Maura Derrane
TV presenter Maura Derrane is returning to her homestead to enjoy the fresh air and get some help from her mother and sister.

RTE presenter Maura Derrane is set to decamp to the Aran Islands for a few weeks this summer as she settles into motherhood.

The Today host gave birth to baby boy Cal on 12 May, six weeks earlier than his due date. He weighed just six pounds.

Speaking to Mothers & Babies, she said: “Cal is a very relaxed baby and is feeding and sleeping very well, which is a complete dream.

“He is so cute I could just look at him all day. It took a few days to adjust when I got back from hospital, getting confident changing and feeding him especially as he is so small. But it’s amazing how hardy babies are and how quickly they develop.”

Derrane, who is originally from Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, had always intended to spend some time there once the baby was born. She says she will be returning to her homestead to enjoy the fresh air and get some help from her mother and sister.

“I am really looking forward to the summer and bringing him home to the Aran Islands. My family have been great. My sisters are taking it in turns to come and help me and my mother has been here all week. Her experience is invaluable.”

The RTE host is married to Fine Gael TD John Deasy, and says he has taken a hands-on role with baby Cal.

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“John is doing all the night feeds, which is great. You definitely need to share the work when it comes to a new baby.”

Other than Cal’s premature entry into the world, Derrane’s pregnancy went relatively smoothly. In the beginning she suffered from a lot of nausea though she says it wasn’t enough to keep her housebound.

“The irony was it was nearly better if I was working because I’d forget about everything and keep going. Once I hit about four months, I was perfect, not a bother at all on me.”

The First 1,000 Days ambassador says she was one of the lucky ones who didn’t put on too much weight during her pregnancy. “I was sensible with my diet, and put on about a stone and a half,” she says.

Derrane has been a perfect fit for the First 1,000 Days movement, as she says she was always very aware of nutrition.

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“I’m very aware of the different vitamins you need, and have always taken multivitamins. They are so important. While I stuck with dry food to fend off the nausea for the first few months, I made sure I had a good breakfast each morning and am a real lover of smoothies and eggs. I’m not the type of person who has a sweet tooth but during my pregnancy I went the other way, and I wanted fruit. I had a kind of craving for melon and pineapple.”

She says she sees the First 1,000 Days recipe book as a tool that will be put to good use beyond the first 1,000 days.

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