Thursday 19 April 2018

Sile Seoige: 'Being a new mum is challenging but so incredibly rewarding'

Sile Seoige, pictured after giving birth 7 weeks ago is photographed at the Aldi Marquee at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Sile Seoige, pictured after giving birth 7 weeks ago is photographed at the Aldi Marquee at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Sile Seoige with boyfriend Damien O'Farrell
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Sile Seoige has said that motherhood is "so challenging but so rewarding", seven weeks on from welcoming her first baby boy, Cathal.

The broadcaster is opting to go down the less traditional route when it comes to her little infant with partner Damien O'Farrell.

The Galway native (38), who has retrained as a yoga teacher, revealed the couple have decided against having the usual ceremony to celebrate their baby's arrival into the world.

"We're not having a christening, we're having a naming ceremony," she said.

Sile Seoige with boyfriend Damien O'Farrell
Sile Seoige with boyfriend Damien O'Farrell

The practice has become increasingly common in modern Ireland, and the non-religious ceremony will see them being joined by their closest family and friends for an intimate event.

The former Newstalk presenter opted to go down the natural route when it came to her recent labour and birth.

In addition to practising lots of pre-natal yoga, she also had a water birth in the Coombe Hospital last month without having either medical intervention or drugs.

And she said that, while it's tough dealing with first-time motherhood, she is finding it a rewarding experience.

"On a daily basis you see him change and I can't believe how quickly these weeks have flown," she said.

"Every day we are noticing different things, and he's starting to smile and react.

"My partner came in from work the other night and he started to smile and I was roaring.

"I had to leave the room I was crying so much. I was like, 'what will we be like when he starts talking?'.

"No one can explain it to you until you go through it. It's tough but it's so worth it. It's so challenging but so incredibly rewarding. You're obsessed with this little thing."

She took on her first piece of post-natal work this week when she headed down to Offaly for the National Ploughing Championships, and was busy working in the Aldi marquee as she hosted a string of events over three days.

She said getting stuck into work was made much easier by the fact that she could take her little boy with her.

"We're here as a family unit," she said.

"It's a whole new world. It's a difference experience for me this year than it was in previous years, but we're doing it.

"Its just about making it work and making it work with brilliant people. Aldi have a great set-up here, and I'm not just saying that.

"Their feeding room is lovely. They had a smaller room last year and they expanded it this time."

Herald

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