TV presenter Maura Derrane and TD husband celebrate the birth of their first child
TV presenter Maura Derrane and her husband Waterford TD John Deasy are celebrating the birth of their baby boy last night.
It is Today Show co-host Derrane and husband Deasy’s first child and they kept the sex a surprise until the birth.
“He was born at 9.45pm last night,” a delighted new mum Maura told independent.ie this morning.
“He came early so weighed six pounds, but he is good and healthy. We are calling him Cal,” she said.
The name is of Hebrew origin and means ‘devotion’.
Today Show co-host Daithi O'Se also said new mum Maura and baby are doing fantastic, and the baby looks like his dad John.
“I’m just delighted for her, and it’s another boy, with our own now and Claire Byrne had her little fella, and sure we’re just delighted for Maura,” Daithi O’Se told independent.ie this morning.
“I was chatting to Maura this morning and she is just in great form. I went to bed early last night and I woke up and saw it on my Twitter feed so I gave her a shout.
“She is over the moon and she says he looks like John,” he said.
Proud dad Daithi also said his own new addition to the family, Michael Og, is doing himself and wife Rita proud.
“He’s great, he’s brilliant and he’s getting so big,” Daithi said.
“I was never nervous about him because he’s always been a bruiser, a big baby. He was nine pounds when he was born.
“He sleeps through the night and he doesn’t cry – we’re poxed lucky altogether.
“He’s started laughing as well now recently, it’s just great to see.”
New mum Maura announced her pregnancy in January and the 43-year-old said that people have been ‘fascinated by anyone over 40 having a child’.
Speaking to the RTE Guide last month, Derrane said it was the "right time" for her to have a child and it "feels perfectly normal".
Derrane also said she didn't make her pregnancy news public until she was five months along, as she was keen to keep it quiet for as long as she could.
"I really wanted to leave it as long as possible to make sure that everything was okay, so I wanted to get past the three months and then even up to four months things can go wrong.
Derrane recently shared this snapshot of her baby bump
"Then to be honest, I wasn't showing very much, so I got to five months without having to say anything. I knew there would be a reaction so I felt I should leave it for a while."
The excited mum-to-be also said she has spent the past few months ‘badgering’ her husband to get the baby’s room ready.
"The baby's room is not ready yet at all, we still have to sort it and I've been badgering John in his down time to do things," said 43-year-old Maura last month.
"We can only get so much sorted too as we can't paint at this stage because we've kept the sex a surprise.
"John wanted to know if it's a boy or a girl, but I said absolutely no way -- I think it's important not knowing until they arrive. He's so excited, we both can't wait now."