Mairead Ronan: 'God I have to have this baby now'
Mum's the word for Today FM producer Mairead Ronan, who finishes up work this weekend ahead of the arrival of her second baby.
Mairead (36) told the Diary that she can't wait to welcome the new baby into the home she shares with husband Louis and her nine-year-old son, Dara.
"I'm not nervous, I'm just excited. Now that I'm about to go off on maternity leave, it's starting to hit me now.
"I'm thinking 'God I have to have this baby now'. But I'm looking forward to it," she said.
"I'm nearly 37 weeks gone now and, touch wood, it's been a very, very easy pregnancy.
"I haven't been sick at all. There's the odd night when I can't get comfortable with the belly but it's all been great really.
"Yesterday morning, when the alarm went off at five past five, it was hard getting up but then this morning I was fine."
As well as producing Ian Dempsey's breakfast show, she has also been filming RTE's Fittest Families and the travel show Getaways.
Tomorrow she will hang up her headphones on Today FM and will finish filming Fittest Families on Saturday.
Busy Mairead has also launched Faro, a new professional hairbrush range with friend Debbie Lawless.
But she will be taking it easy for the next while and plans to take nine months off with her baby.
She said Dara can't wait to be a big brother, but that he's also thrilled about having his mum at home all the time.
"He's had me there collecting him for two-and-a-half years since I went on the morning show, but I was never there in the mornings - so he's excited about that," she said.
She said that it was husband Louis who encouraged her to branch out from her media work and start her own company.
"I wouldn't have had the balls to do it years ago, life wouldn't have allowed me," she said.
"I just would have thought that Dara was too small, and I don't think a bank would have been as supportive.
"But Louis said, 'Just go for it. What's the worst that could happen? Nobody will have died and you've nothing to lose if you give it a go'.
"I realised that I would love to be my own boss, even for something so small.
"I love Today FM and doing my telly work, but I thought it would be so nice to have something that was just my own.
"And if it didn't work out, at least I'd have an amazing collection of hairbrushes," she added.
"We're such a baby brand, we're only going since last April but it's going really well."