Mariska Hargitay: “I Get Very Excited About My Double Stroller!”

Peter Hermann, Mariska Hargitay with their baby girl, Amaya Josephine on May 23, 2012 in New York City.  Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

It took Mariska Hargitay and her husband, actor Peter Hermann, 44, a long time to build their family of five — so a little gushing on Hargitay's part is understandable.

"They're awesome and perfect," the Law & Order: SVU star tells Us Weekly of sons August, 5, and Andrew, 9 months, and daughter Amaya, 14 months. "My heart just keeps getting bigger and bigger."

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Which is why she finds even the mundane parts of motherhood thrilling. "I get very excited about my double stroller," explains the actress. "Every time I look at it, I get a shot of adrenaline and joy because I think, This is real! I have everything I need. Our house is very joyful."

Recently, Hargitay opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about her and her hubby's surprising second adoption. Just months after bringing home daughter Amaya after a trying, rollercoaster adoption process, the couple's lawyer called them to let them know an agency had a newborn boy ready to be adopted as well.

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"It was one of those things that we were not expecting at all and my husband and I looked at each other and have never been more sure about anything," the actress tearfully revealed about their decision to bring home baby Andrew. "This has been a year of true blessings."

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