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Denise Richards is over the moon about Eloise Joni, the 5-week-old daughter she recently adopted. Baby Eloise makes three, joining big sisters Sam, 7, and Lola, 6, from the actress’ previous marriage to Charlie Sheen.

“She’s brought so much joy, and I love her to pieces,” Richards, 40, reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “She is a cuddle bug. She loves being hugged and held. She’s such a beautiful little baby and little soul.”

Richards says the adoption process was difficult. “Some people think if a celebrity wants a baby, they get one the next day. The adoption took two years, and there were times I felt discouraged, times when I got close to adopting a baby and it fell through. But I knew the right baby would find us.”

Believe it or not, Denise claims to be on good terms with her ex Charlie Sheen, saying, “We talk every day”. He’s even spent time with baby Eloise.

Denise tells Us, “He knows how much I love, love kids, so he was very supportive. Charlie is truly very happy for me. He knows I always wanted more kids.”

Richards’ memoir, “The Real Girl Next Door,” will be out July 26.