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Mariska Hargitay dishes on 'zen' baby Amaya Josephine

May 2, 2011 |  5:28 pm

Mariska Hargitay talks Amaya Josephine baby adoptionMariska Hargitay of "Law & Order: SVU" has opened up about adopting her daughter Amaya Josephine, saying the baby girl is "very soothing to the heart."

The 47-year-old adopted the newborn last month with husband Peter Hermann, her former "SVU" costar.

"I feel like she really completed our little family of four," Hargitay told People.

The two, who have a 4½-year-old son named August, had been considering both international and domestic adoption before ultimately adopting Amaya Josephine, a mixed-race baby orn in the United States in April.

"You never know what you're going to get with the second baby, and so I was sort of nervous about it," Hargitay said. "She's so zen and so peaceful. I can't quite believe how easy she's been — her disposition. ... She's not fussy, she doesn't cry much. ... She's just very peaceful."

Guess that's where the whole "soothing to the heart" thing comes in.

"I feed her, she sleeps. It's pure magic. I feel very blessed," the actress said. Sweet life, no?

She added that August was a proud older brother and showed off Amaya Josephine to all his friends when Hargitay brought her to pick him up from school.

Aw and a half!


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Photo: Mariska Hargitay. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images