Television golden girl Carrie Bickmore is tired, battling a cold and only into her second day of work.
"I'm thinking I need another coffee," the blonde presenter laughs.
The 34-year-old made her return to The Project on Monday night after giving birth to daughter Evie three months ago, and is still high after winning the Gold Logie five weeks ago.
While other new mothers in the public eye belie the fact they've just given birth, Bickmore is open about juggling work and motherhood, even joking on air that she'd start leaking breast milk if she kept cooing at photos of Evie.
"I don't think I have enough energy or headspace to try and be anything other than myself at the moment. That's the honest truth," she says.
"Last night when the show was moving along so quickly I was thinking 'wow'. My head was taking a long time to keep up.
"Baby brain is definitely a real thing," Bickmore laughs.
"My mantra changes depending on what hour you talk to me. There are certain times of the day when I feel more on top of things than other moments of the day, which I think is what it's like for everybody."
The Adelaide-born presenter lost husband Greg Lange in 2010 after a long battle with brain cancer. Bickmore was left to raise son Ollie, 7, as a single mother, while also juggling co-hosting The Project.
In October last year she announced she was expecting her first child with partner Chris Walker, and says it was important she relished the precious time off.
"I haven't ever really jumped off the treadmill of work for years and years, so I really did want to take some time off to be home with Evie. I loved it."
"I just thought, 'No, I'm just going to slow down. I'm going to spend a lot of time in my tracksuit pants'."
It's been just over a month since Bickmore won the Gold Logie and stole the show with her acceptance speech where she called for more awareness for brain cancer.
She says she's been overwhelmed with calls, emails and letters of support, spurring her on to want to do more.
"A lot of people have said 'You've got to keep going with it, please, for us. Please keep doing something and keep creating awareness'."
"I think I used my voice and now I really want to get out there and start doing something.
"I'm often very protective about that story because it's not just my story; it's my son's journey and my late husband's journey ... but every time I do share a new part of it, I'm overwhelmed by the response."
So where to now for Bickmore?
She says it feels like she never left The Project, and is looking forward to working more with new co-host Waleed Aly, who she calls her "partner in crime".
"I was always a big supporter of Waleed and I couldn't be happier having him next to me."
"He's a really smart, switched-on man with a big heart and I think that's what our show's about.
"I had a little taste of it before I went on maternity leave and now I'm just looking forward to really settling into our role and our job together."