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'We're utterly in love with baby Ellie' - Kathryn


Kathryn Thomas and fiance Padraig McLoughlin

Kathryn Thomas and fiance Padraig McLoughlin

Kathryn Thomas and fiance Padraig McLoughlin

RTE presenter Kathryn Thomas has undergone a transformation of her own over the weekend - she has become a first-time mum to a baby girl.

The popular star gave birth to little Ellie McLoughlin on Friday morning at around 10am and Kathryn says she's smitten.

Sharing a picture of her new baby daughter's tiny feet, she said that her baby "couldn't wait any longer to meet us".


"She is the most perfect thing I've ever seen. Mum and dad are totally and utterly in love," she said.

Kathryn, who's engaged to dad Padraig McLoughlin, was inundated with thousands of messages of congratulations after revealing her happy news.

She only finished filming the grand final of Operation Transformation a few weeks ago as she started her maternity leave, and was due roughly around this time.

The star managed to keep up her healthy regime during her pregnancy, doing regular pre-natal yoga classes and gentle workouts in the gym.

She also revealed how she recently renovated her Dublin 8 home to make sure that it was more family-friendly and included a nursery and more space for the baby.

Kathryn enlisted the services of an interior designer to help her figure out the best use of space in the home that she shares with Padraig.

"All my mum's friends had warned me that when kids arrive the washing machine is on 24/7, a tumble dryer is a must and you need triple the storage for all their clothes and paraphernalia," she said.

She added that her "nesting" instinct went into overdrive in recent weeks as she geared up to welcome the new arrival into her renovated home.

"I'm delighted with the outcome and I feel like we've an entirely new home and a fresh start for our next chapter as a family," she said.

"But I don't want to see another paint swatch for at least a decade."


She joked last week how she hoped that the baby would be a late arrival so that she could "sit in bed in my new room for the next week" eating ice cream and binge-watching Netflix on the TV.

"It's probably the only chance I'll get for the next 18 years to have some time out for myself," she said.

The TV star has indicated that she'll take a good chunk of time out as she revels in the experience of first-time motherhood and is not expected to be back at RTE until next autumn at the earliest.