12/24/2014 09:44 am ET Updated Dec 24, 2014

Hayden Panettiere Gushes About Baby Kaya

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She only gave birth to her daughter Kaya on Dec. 9, but Hayden Panettiere is already experiencing the joys of motherhood.

In an interview with People, the 25-year-old opened up about being a parent for the first time.

"[It's] such a surreal experience and so out of body. You’re suddenly looking at this little thing like, ‘Oh, that was you in my belly this whole time,'” she said. “[We’re] just getting to know her."

Kaya is the first child for both Panettiere and her fiance, 38-year-old heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko. And despite a few sleepless nights and changes to her body, the "Nashville" star couldn't be more in love with her baby girl.

“She’s really so sweet," she said. "I’m sure that’s the way it’s meant to be, because when they are putting you through the ringer you’re like, 'You are so lucky you’re cute!'"

Back in November, Panettiere told Hello! magazine that she was super excited to be a "very hands-on mom," adding: "I'm thrilled that I am having a girl first because I feel like I know a lot about raising a strong woman. I feel very empowered myself and I think my daughter will, too."

For more with Hayden Panettiere, head over to People.



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