Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe is enjoying her maternity leave before she returns to the Soap as Mercedes McQueen.
The 35-year-old who joined the soap in 2006, spoke of how motherhood has changed her and how she is enjoying life with her first child Daye Colmic and his father ex-Geordie Shore star Greg Lake,
Speaking to Soaplife, she described her daily routine with her six-month-old infant: ‘Every day is different being mum to a six-month-old. Some days it’s exhausting, others it’s exhilarating.
‘But no matter what kind of day I’ve had with Daye, I’ve never felt love like it. It’s all-consuming and just too much to put into words. The closest thing that comes to it is to say I’ve been hit by the Love Bus – very, very hard!’
The Inside Soap Award winner also added that motherhood has made her far more patient.
‘I’ve become more patient as I’ve got older anyway but being a mum definitely requires another level of patience altogether,’ she added.
The couple, who have been together for four years, created the baby’s name from scratch, with name Colmic being an amalgamation of their fathers’ names, Colin and Mick.
The former Dancing On Ice contestant recently spoke to Metro.co.uk about preparing for her return to Hollyoaks in June.
‘I’m just on the conveyer belt of, love, nappies milk and trying to get some sleep,’ she told us exclusively. ‘So I can’t even think about how I’m going to feel [in June]’
But things are looking up as she added: ‘Hopefully, I’m going to be ready and I’m going to find it quite natural.’
As for what’s ahead for Mercedes, Jennifer is as in the dark as the rest of us – and she admits that she likes to keep it that way as she very rarely asks what is ahead for her mischievous character.
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