So far during 2023, Sunrise weather presenter Sam Mac has boarded 112 flights to give viewers a taste of some of the most wonderful Australian towns and cities.
But with a partner and one-year-old daughter at home, it’s time for him to take a break from the travel and focus on watching his cherished little Margot grow up.
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Sam is excited to enjoy one month of parental leave, as his partner Rebecca James returns to work as a stylist.
“She’s been thinking about it for the past few months and now that Margot is over a year old she’s ready to properly get back into the workforce,” Sam tells 7Life.
The weather presenter shared his gratitude to Seven and the Sunrise team for allowing him some time off to take on more responsibility at home as the family enters this new chapter.
Sam Mac and his daughter Margot. Credit: sammacinsta/Instagram
“It’s my turn to be getting Margot up, feed her and basically becoming her personal assistant/servant,” he jokes.
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Sam can’t wait to take her to the zoo and aquarium, and enjoy the little moments together.
Margot is “at a really good age right now”, with Sam sharing she is walking, has said her first word and is even making adorable animal sounds when she can.
In fact, Sam teases that he “brainwashed” the youngster to say her first word: “Dad”.
Sam Mac’s partner Rebecca James and daughter Margot. Credit: sammacinsta/Instagram
“She’s walking now which is awesome but it’s a bit daunting because we have to childproof the house … but really exciting times,” he says.
“Margot’s changed so much even in the past couple of months.
“So it’s super-exciting to have some proper quality time with her.”
Over the next couple of months, the McMillan-James household is focusing on family, with Sam’s leave and the upcoming Christmas festivities.
They are planning trips to Melbourne, where Rebecca’s family is based, and Adelaide, where Sam’s parents are.
Sam Mac, daughter Margot, and partner Bec James, Christmas 2022. Credit: sammacinsta/Instagram
Sam recently spent some quality time with his parents when they visited Sydney during the last weekend of October, when he treated his dad to the ultimate surprise.
While Sam’s mum has attended the Logies and often is “the one getting spoilt”, he had wanted to do something special for his dad with whom he “rarely gets one-on-one time”.
With Paul McCartney in town, it was the perfect surprise for the diehard fan — Sam took both his parents out for dinner and then surprised his dad with the news.
Sam posted the happy moment onto his TikTok, where it received a mixed reaction after going viral.
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Sam’s followers in Australia understood his sentiment in wanting to treat his dad.
But some people overseas had misunderstood the video, questioning why his mum Loretta hadn’t been invited to the concert.
“It was so funny, I mean TikTok got a bit freaked out but they totally missed the point. (They) don’t know me and don’t know the context,” he explains.
“A lot of those people who wrote those comments are from America or England so it’s totally out of context.
“But, like, 99 per cent of people totally got what was going on.
“Mum obviously knew that I had a surprise just for Dad and I after our dinner.
“But it was the best. Dad is still buzzing and still talking about it.”
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