TV star Aisling O'Loughlin admits she's no Florence Nightingale as partner Nick battled cancer
Presenter Aisling O'Loughlin has revealed she was "no Florence Nightingale" while her partner Nick McInnes battled cancer.
The Xpose star (37) admitted it was "challenging" when her other half was diagnosed with the illness while she was pregnant with their second child Louis and caring for toddler Patrick.
"I had my own pressures, I was the one getting up in the middle of the night since both the children were born," she said.
"I'm no Florence Nightingale, I can tell you that."
However, the couple are happier than ever and Aisling said they kept a positive outlook during Nick's cancer.
"It wasn't even necessarily the worst year, but it was pretty challenging," she said.
"I had a new baby, so it wasn't all bad. Myself and Nick even had a laugh through his cancer at times."
Mum-of-two Aisling credited her long-term love with teaching her about parenting and helping her keep her cool in stressful situations.
"Nick is a great hands-on dad, he is my top help - he changes nappies and makes dinners and he's very much a modern dad," she said.
"I learned a lot about what I know about parenting from him because, of course, he had two boys, who are now 10 and 12, so he knew a lot more than me when we were starting out. Also, his advice was helpful in terms of pacing yourself and not losing patience."
The low-key couple have been together years, but Aisling insists that she has no great interest in tying the knot.
While she doesn't rule out the possibility of a wedding in the future, the TV3 broadcaster is in "no great rush" and if she does decide to walk down the aisle, it will be a low-key affair.
"A wedding itself, as in the party element of it, wouldn't even register on my radar," she said. "I couldn't care less about throwing a big party for everyone.
"We're a very open family, a modern family, and we're very happy as we are."