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Morgan's baby Cadence makes her first public appearance

SINGER Morgan Deane has revealed her delight after becoming a mother for the first time.

The 26-year-old and her cricket star husband Graeme Smith (31) welcomed their daughter, Cadence Christine, into the world yesterday in his native South Africa.

Looking calm and relaxed, the former Jedward backing singer shared a number of photos of the cute tot, who weighed in at 7lb 4oz.

Morgan told the Herald that she was on "cloud nine" and couldn't believe she'd finally become a mother.

"Motherhood already beats anything else I've experienced; she is an absolute blessing. I can't stop staring at her, she is so precious," she said, adding that she was already an easy-going baby.

"She is very placid and sleeps fantastic. We feel ecstatic and we're on cloud nine."

The new mum gave birth via scheduled caesarean section and is set to return to Ireland in September to visit friends and family.

"I come back to Ireland in a couple of months, so I'll get to introduce her to friends and family for the first time then. It's very exciting."

In the meantime, the happy family will be residing at the couple's Cape Town home.

The thrilled parents decided on a name a number of weeks ago, but kept it secret -- along with the sex of the baby.

"Only our family and friends [knew] ... We, along with Graeme's agent, decided not to say ahead of the birth," Morgan said.



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The brunette recently revealed that she feared she would not be able to deliver the baby naturally, as the baby was growing at a "rapid pace".

As a result, she and 6ft 4in hubby Graeme decided to plan for a Caesarean.

The pair, who married last year, have been busy preparing Cadence's nursery room and have kitted out the bedroom entirely in candy pink.

"I had no idea there was so much beautiful baby furniture out there. We had a cute rocking chair made by a local man here in Cape Town; it's gorgeous. We've tried not to get too carried away with expensive things, but my one slightly more lavish nursery item is a crystal chandelier."

Graeme, who jetted back from England while his team mates are on tour, took to his social networking site yesterday to reveal his excitement.

"Mother and daughter doing well. [Thanks] for all kind wishes, that was amazing," he said online.

Morgan will no doubt be breathing a sigh of relief that all went well.

She suffered a miscarriage last year and enrolled special classes to keep her fit and calm.

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