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Jennifer Maguire is 'getting to know' her newborn daughter: 'I'm totally in love'

Published 16/04/2015 | 10:19

Jennifer Maguire
Jennifer Maguire
Darren Kennedy and Jennifer Maguire from The Unemployables

RTE star Jennifer Maguire has opened up about falling "totally in love" with her newborn daughter Florence.

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The Republic of Telly host welcomed her first child with husband Lau Zamparelli last month and gushed about motherhood, saying she's "getting to know" the new arrival.

"We have been getting to know each other and it's nice to be able to spend time with her," she told the Irish Daily Mirror.

"I just keep staring at her all day like a weirdo. It's more like, 'I have to keep this child alive', it's my responsibility so I'm checking her breathing like every five seconds."

Jennifer Maguire and husband Lau Zampareilli
Jennifer Maguire and husband Lau Zampareilli

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Maguire, who has taken 10 weeks maternity leave from her TV role and her co-hosting duties on 2FM's Breakfast Republic, said that her main priority is getting familiar with the noises her little girl makes, joking that she can "sounds like the exorcist" after a feed.

"The first couple of nights in the hospital I couldn't sleep because you're just staring at her, making sure she is okay," she explained. "They breathe so quietly and then sometimes she sounds like the exorcist after she has a feed, so you are always on the watch."

The presenter said before that she and her husband of nearly a year won't be using a creche to help care for their daughter and will divide the duties between one another.

Heavily pregnant Jennifer Maguire spotted filming her RTE show The Unemployables
Heavily pregnant Jennifer Maguire spotted filming her RTE show The Unemployables

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"I suppose I worked right up to my due date because I felt great," she said before the birth. "I was lucky to have it easy in the last few months, sleeping fairly ok. And, let's be honest, sitting on my arse doing a radio show is hardly work. I'm not picking stones or on my feet for hours. I'll be off for around ten to twelve weeks depending. I'm lucky to have Lau to help out and we don't have to use a creche. We can do it between us with the hours we do."

"The best advice I have had is don't listen to any advice. I think everyone is so different. I just did what I felt would work for me. Staying positive and remembering we are built to do this. I blocked out the horror stories and only focused on the good stuff.

Jennifer Maguire, Kevin McGahern and Bernard O'Shea of RTE's Republic of Telly.
Jennifer Maguire, Kevin McGahern and Bernard O'Shea of RTE's Republic of Telly.

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