Emmerdale star Amy Walsh considers her soap gig as Tracy Metcalfe "amazing", yet missing newborn daughter Bonnie's bedtime has caused her some personal heartbreak.
The 36 year old and fiancé Toby-Alexander Smith welcomed the little bundle back around Christmas of 2021, their first child, but it's been a whirlwind turnaround since Amy returned to work in the Yorkshire Dales.
"It's a juggle as we all know…" she told Loose Women's Charlene White, Denise Welch, Coleen Nolan and Janet Street-Porter on Tuesday, 4 July.
"The first few weeks, the return, [Tracy's] big story – I was really glad to come back with a bang but the schedule was quite relentless. Only for a few weeks but it was hard being away from her you know? Kinda 12-hour days some days and missing bedtime, I just… God it broke my heart.
"And we had to settle her into the nursery the same week; we were in London, we relocated to Leeds – settled her into nursery, I was back at work, so I was dropping her off, sitting in the makeup chair literally [eyes] streaming going, 'She hates it!'" further recalled Amy.
"But she doesn't, she loves it. It was that attachment thing."
Elsewhere in her Loose Women appearance, the soap star admitted that she "feels bad" about the previous hen-dos she's organised in the wake of her own, which was put together by her sisters Sally and Kimberley Walsh (of Girls Aloud fame), and a friend.
"Honestly I've planned a lot of hen-dos and now I feel a bit bad, I feel like I need to go and do a bit better – [her friend Lee] and my two sisters and the rest of my bridesmaids, honestly smashed it," she said.
"It was everything and more, it was literally the best night we've all had, and you know loads of us are mums and have babies at home, like it was such a release and just so lovely to be together."
In an exclusive interview with OK! recently, Amy also despaired over the powerful tiredness that has consumed her life since having a child.
"I thought I used to be tired!" she said last month. "I always used to complain about being tired before and now I'm like: 'How has everyone been doing it?' It's hard, I'm not going to lie. Only because my child's not sleeping at the moment, so that's tricky.
"Also the hours that you're here – you'll leave at 7 and be back in the building at 7 the next morning. In that time, you've got to bath your child and put them to bed, make dinner and then do your lines for the next day.
"At some point talk to your other half, get your clothes ready for the next morning and then get up and go again! When it's your life, it's a lot – but I secretly get a kick out of being pushed to my limits I think! So part of me has got a new lease of life from the pressure and I think it's quite nice."
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