First look as beaming Aisling shows off her perfect man
NEW mum Aisling O'Loughlin looks radiant as she poses with her newborn Patrick Nicholas during their first day at home.
This exclusive picture, which was taken yesterday by Patrick's proud father photographer Nicholas MacInnes, shows a beaming Aisling (32) carefully cradling her baby.
The Xpose presenter returned to her Dublin home on Tuesday evening with her bundle of joy and was delighted to pose for the pair's first photos.
Patrick, who is a week old today and was born at a healthy 7lb 7oz, is peacefully sleeping on his mum's shoulder as she smiles for the cameras by her decorated Christmas tree.
The TV3 broadcaster underwent a Caesarean section at Mount Carmel maternity hospital and although she is recovering from the operation, she said she could not be happier and that it was all worth it now that she has met her son.
"All is well and I'm recovering slowly," she added. Aisling told the Herald that she and Paris-based Nicholas had a number of names in mind for their son, but decided to settle on Patrick Nicholas, beginning a family tradition.
"We finally named the little guy Patrick after my dad and Nicholas, after the baby's own dad," the redhead said.
Aisling decided not to have a baby shower during her pregnancy, instead opting for the practical route of swapping maternity and baby clothes with her pals and colleagues at the Ballymount station. Aisling's TV3 colleague Sybil Mulcahy (34), who is gearing up to welcome baby number three next year, has expressed her delight the new mum and said she'd be offering up a wardrobe full of babygrows to the telly star.
"I'm absolutely thrilled for her and that's it over, it was a long time and she was dying to meet him," said the Morning Show presenter, who plans to visit the new mum later this week when she's well rested.
Ireland AM presenter Anna Daly (33), who gave Aisling bags of baby clothing as she prepared to embrace motherhood, has also congratulated the reporter and has decided to buy Aisling a gift rather than the Patrick.
"The baby gets so much when they arrive that I'm planning on getting her a gift instead -- I'm thinking about a massage, because I know how precious these little pampering breaks can be and spending some time out for herself is important."