As Stacey Solomon nears her due date, the TV personality has opened up about how she is preparing for the arrival of baby number five.
Solomon, 33, has two children with husband Joe Swash, 40: their youngest daughter, Rose, who is 15 months old, and son Rex, who is three. She also has two other sons from a previous relationship: Leighton, who is 10, and Zachary, who is 14.
The Sort Your Life Out star has been sharing updates for her 5.5 million Instagram followers Throughout January she prepares the family home for their new arrival – as well as prepares hard for the new year. This means reupholstering Rose’s old cot, as well as sorting through her old baby clothes.
“It’s really weird because my kids have never been so close together — my gaps have been significant,” she tells HuffPost UK. “Rex and Rose weren’t massive, but everyone else is five to seven years apart.
“So it’s weird. It’s like we just had one baby and we’re about to have another.”
Rose is due in October 2021, so it’s fair to say that finding out they were expecting again definitely came as a surprise to the couple, who wed last summer at their family home. Had engaged in 2020 before tying the knot.
“I find it easier to prepare[for the next baby]because I haven’t put away the cot yet, the Moses basket is still there,” she says.
“I’m really moving Rose into the next phase of life rather than preparing for a newborn. She’s my priority and I need her to be comfortable in her bed and sitting in a chair, not necessarily a highchair .
“And then I guess the next one goes into her steps. It doesn’t feel like we’re basically prepping for a newborn. It’s like we’re going from baby to baby.
As everyone knows, choosing a new baby name is tough — at least not when you’ve already picked four from the list.
Discussing Rose’s name, Solomon says: “It’s perfect, but now we don’t know what to name the next one, especially if it’s a girl.”
Despite rumors circulating that the 33-year-old the next kid might call her autumn She insists that she doesn’t really have a contender yet.
“We have absolutely nothing — no name,” she says. “We keep saying names and then go: ‘Oh no.’ But to be honest, I didn’t name Rose until she was a couple of weeks old.
In a Q&A last year, Solomon said he chose the name Rose Because every evening after she was born, the sun set outside her bedroom window, and as such “it always shone on her mobile and lit the rose”.
“That’s when we knew she was our rose,” he explained.
Like many parents, Solomon has been more than happy to let her little ones snuggle in her bed for years — being a mother of three boys, she’s especially eager to enjoy the cuddles for as long as possible.
“If my boys want to go to bed with me and hug me, I’m taking full advantage of that because they don’t want to hug me forever,” she says.
“I don’t co-sleep in the beginning (when they’re very young) because I’m so scared,” she says, acknowledging the security risks.
Over 8,500 parents were surveyed by Lori Trust gets 76% of parents Co-slept with your child at some point.
“My kids are quite young and they always look really weak and frail to me, and I always feel like I’m going to flatten them because I’m so tired,” says Solomon.
“But once they get to that age where they feel a little bit stronger, then yeah – if they want to come with me, they come with me.
“We’ve been sleeping together for quite a while – maybe because I was a single parent, it fixed it. But when Joe came along, it still didn’t matter. He just barged in.
Sort Your Life Out airs on BBC One and iPlayer from Wednesday 25 January at 9pm.
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