TV presenter Maura Derrane says it was hard going back to work after spending the summer with her baby boy, Cal.
The Today Show host (inset) is married to TD John Deasy, and the couple had their first child last May.
"It's been a long summer and it was great because I had lots of time with him while he's at this age," she said.
"But when you're with him for so long for such an intense period like I was and then you leave him, it's very, very difficult.
"I take my hat off to anyone that's home full-time with children because it's much easier to go to work."
Maura (45) presents the show on RTE One on weekday afternoons with her friend Daithi O'Se, who also has a young son, Michael, and wishes there was a creche at work.
"It would be lovely to have somewhere that you could bring him in, but once we get back into the routine it'll be fine," she told the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM.
"One day I had to bring him in with me because something happened with my minder so one of the models had to come in to take care of him," she said.