As Stacey Solomon nears her due date, the TV character has opened up about how she’s been getting ready for the arrival of child quantity 5.
Solomon, 33, has two kids with husband Joe Swash, 40: their youngest daughter Rose, who’s 15 months outdated, and son Rex, who’s three. She additionally has two different sons from earlier relationships: Leighton, who’s 10, and Zachery, who’s 14.
The Type Your Life Out star has been sharing updates to her 5.5 million Instagram followers all through January as she readies the household house for his or her new arrival – whereas additionally having a rigorous New Yr type out. This has meant repurposing Rose’s outdated cot from her, in addition to sorting by way of her outdated child garments from her.
“It is actually unusual as a result of I’ve by no means had kids so shut collectively – my gaps have been fairly substantial,” she tells HuffPost UK. “Rex and Rose wasn’t large however the remaining are all 5 to seven-year gaps.
“So it is weird. It seems like we have solely simply had a child and we will give start to a different one.”
Rose was born in October 2021, so it is truthful to say discovering out they had been anticipating once more actually got here as a shock for the couple, who bought engaged in 2020 earlier than tying the knot at their household house final summer season.
“I suppose it is simpler to organize [for the next baby] as a result of I have not put the cot away but, the moses basket remains to be there,” she says.
“I am truly extra getting Rose into the subsequent section of life slightly than getting ready for a new child. She’s my precedence and I have to ease her into her personal mattress and sitting in a chair, not a excessive chair essentially.
“After which I suppose the subsequent one goes into her footsteps. It would not really feel like we’re getting ready for a new child, principally. It seems like we’re going from child to toddler.”
As anybody is aware of, selecting a brand new child identify is hard – not least while you’ve already ticked 4 off the record.
Discussing Rose’s identify, Solomon says: “It is simply so good, however now we do not know what to name the subsequent one, particularly if it is a lady.”
Regardless of swirling rumors that the 33-year-old would possibly name her subsequent child Autumn – she insists they do not actually have any contenders proper now.
“We have got completely nothing – no names,” she says. “We preserve saying names after which go: ‘Oh no.’ However to be truthful, I did not identify Rose till she was a few weeks outdated.”
In a Q&A final yr, Solomon stated they selected the identify Rose as a result of each night after she was born, the solar would set outdoors her bed room window, and because it did “it all the time shined on her cell and lit up the rose”.
“That is once we knew she was our Rose,” she defined.
Like many mother and father, Solomon has been more than pleased to let her little ones kip in her mattress through the years – being a mum to a few boys, she’s particularly eager to benefit from the cuddles for so long as potential.
“If my boys need to get in mattress with me and provides me a cuddle, I am making absolutely the most of it as a result of they are not going to need to cuddle me ceaselessly,” she says.
“I do not sleep in the beginning [when they’re very little] as a result of I am too scared,” she provides, acknowledging the security dangers.
A survey of over 8,500 mother and father carried out by The Lullaby Belief discovered 76% of fogeys have co-slept with their child sooner or later.
“My infants are fairly small and so they all the time look actually scrawny and susceptible to me, and I all the time assume I will flatten them as a result of I am so exhausted,” provides Solomon.
“However as soon as they get to that age the place they really feel a bit extra strong, then yeah – in the event that they need to get in with me, they get in with me.
“We have co-slept for fairly a very long time – in all probability as a result of I used to be a single mother or father it made it OK. However even when Joe got here alongside, it did not make a distinction. He simply squeezed in.”
Type Your Life Out airs on BBC One and iPlayer from Wednesday January 25 at 9pm.