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After all the gloom of 2020, it’s so lovely to catch up with Kimberley Walsh and discuss the news that has brightened up her year – she’s pregnant with her third child!
The 39-year-old, who already has sons Bobby, six, and Cole, four, with hubby Justin Scott, 38, simply cannot hide her excitement when we speak before OK!’s exclusive pregnancy reveal shoot at her London home.
And it quickly becomes clear the whole family are over the moon about welcoming another little one next year.
“For the family, it’s been a bit of light in the distance and something to look towards and get excited about, and plan for,” Kimberley tells us.
And the former Girls Aloud star, who is 15 weeks pregnant when we chat, says her bump is already showing!
“Because it’s my third it’s going to pop out a little bit quicker,” she says. “And I do tend to have quite big bumps.”
Kimberley’s pregnancy has been pretty smooth so far with only mild morning sickness to trouble her. But, as with everything in our lives right now, the pandemic has disrupted the family’s happy time.
Sadly, Justin couldn’t be with Kimberley for the 12-week scan because he had to look after the boys, who were forced to self-isolate due to a coronavirus outbreak at their school. Luckily, her mum was on hand to step in for the special moment – but she says Justin was upset at missing out. “We have to accept there’s going to be a few things like that thrown at us along the way,” she says. “If you have a baby in these times, it’s not going to be straightforward.”
Here, Kimberley reveals all the details of her pregnancy, whether she wants a girl this time and how she’s supporting former Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding through her battle with breast cancer…
Congratulations! How are you feeling?
I’m really excited and this time I’m seeing it more through the boys’ eyes. With the first one it’s all new and just you and your partner. The next one was a bit of a whirlwind because Bobby was still a baby when I got pregnant with Cole. So this time, it feels really exciting seeing how excited the boys are about it. It’s so cute.
They must be so excited!
They really are. Bobby has never really been that bothered and always been like, “I love my family as it is and I don’t want anyone else.” But as soon as he found out he got so into it. He asks me 100 times a day, “Are you OK? And is the baby OK?” We’ve got a long way to go yet!
Were you trying for a baby?
I’ve never made any qualms about the fact I wanted more children. I’m from a big family and I like the idea of having a bigger family. I waited longer than I thought I would. It’s quite hard having two close together and then I was busy with work, doing West End shows and things that don’t lend towards having a baby. It was planned and it felt like the perfect time, and I feel like the boys are at a lovely age to get more out of it.
Was there a conversation where you and Justin said you’d start trying?
Yeah and he always knew it was on the cards. Men are never really in a rush to go back to that newborn stage, which is understandable, but we chatted throughout the lockdown and said family is everything and we’re not really done, and we’d quite like to add one more to the fold. We’re just lucky it happened quite quickly. I left it in the lap of the gods– and here we are!
Did lockdown give you a chance to re-evaluate everything, family-wise?
Yeah. I’ve had a few busy years of working and being a mum. I’m of a certain age where it’s a bit now or never. There was no way in my head that I felt like I was done. It’s a bit more of a gang when it’s three!
When did you realise you were pregnant?
As soon as I was late, I was like, “Yeah, I think I am!” When it’s the third time, you just recognise the feeling. I wasn’t surprised when it was a positive test. I was really happy. Justin couldn’t believe how quick it was. He’s really happy, too!
Where were you when you found out?
I was at home. The kids were at school, so it gave us a minute to let it settle in. The hardest thing was keeping it from them for the first few months. My youngest was constantly asking for a baby brother or sister, for over a year. He’d talk about it all the time, so I was trying to keep it quiet and said, “Maybe, if you wish really hard.” So they think it’s all their work.=
Bless them. Did either of you cry when you found out?
I always get a little bit teary. It’s the realisation that there’ll be another human here in the future. The first few months are always a bit of a worry because you don’t want to let yourself get too excited. There are so many problems that people can have and miscarriages are so common, so you’re always fully aware that you might not make it to this point. It’s nice to get to this stage and think, “OK, everything seems to be good.”
Was that a worry for you in the beginning?
Yeah, it always is [a worry]. But as you go on, it actually gets worse. The third time you almost worry more, and you’re older, so I think it meant more this time to get to this stage.
How does this pregnancy compare with your previous two?
At this stage, it’s quite similar. I tend to be really lucky and have mild sickness for a few weeks, then be normal. I feel more sick than I did with the boys but I think that’s because I’ve got less distraction as we’re not really doing anything. With the boys, I was working throughout [the pregnancies].
Have you had any cravings?
I always crave spice and it’s not ideal to eat really spicy stuff but I still want to. And drinking water constantly, because of the dry mouth. And lots of ice cubes and ice lollies.
Have you told many of your friends and family so far?
Only close friends and family. This time, in this weird lockdown period, you don’t see people as much. Normally, I’d wait until I see that person, rather than text.
How did the boys react when you told them?
They love treasure hunts, so I did them a Christmas treasure hunt and then at the end I left a note under the tree. Bobby can read now and read it to Cole. It said, “Mummy has a baby in her tummy.” He was like, “Woohoo”, going crazy. He was going, “Cole, it might be a boy.” And I said, “It might be a girl.” And he said, “That’s fine, too!”
So, they want a little brother?
Yeah, they do! I can’t blame them, because they get on so well with their three cousins, who are boys. Anything else would seem strange.
Are you going to find out the gender?
I wasn’t sure whether to or not but I thought, “Actually, I could do it for the third,” because I’ve never found out before. The boys are already desperate to know, so we might find out at the 20-week scan.
Would you like a girl this time?
People immediately think the only reason you’re having one is because you want a girl. It’s never been about that for me, I just want a big family. It doesn’t really matter if they’re a boy or a girl, because they’re a whole new personality you get to know and love.
Have you thought of names?
I had names that I thought of before, so I’ll probably revisit them. But even then, when you actually have the baby, only then do you really know what suits them. I had names for Cole and when he came out I was like, “No, he’s not those names.” I’ll have at least two or three names to choose from.
Is it harder to find boys’ or girls’ names?
They’re both hard. I don’t particularly like girly names, because I’m not a very girly girl. The pretty names, I’m like, “Oh, they’re a bit sickly for me.” Boys’ names I will find hard. The boys keep throwing names at me, so I’m keeping them in my memory.
Will they have a say in the names?
They’ll feel like they will [Laughs]. Me and the boys all have J middle names, so they have to have a J middle name. We’ll have to carry on that tradition and maybe that can be their input.
Cute! Do you think this will be your last baby?
I think so. As women, we always find it hard to be so final about that, because there’s always going to be urges that come from hormones. I will always think I’ll want another but in my head it feels right for it to be the last one.
Do the other Girls Aloud girls know about your happy news?
I’ve told Cheryl [Tweedy] and Nicola [Roberts], because I’ve seen them, but I need to tell Nadine [Coyle] and Sarah [Harding]. I didn’t really want to tell them over text. We were hoping we were all going to get together before Christmas with Sarah but with restrictions it’s been so tricky. If I don’t get to see them before then, I will call them.
How did Cheryl and Nicola react?
They’re really excited! I think they both knew I wanted another and it was on the cards, and just like everybody they said it’s lovely news and something to look forward to next year. Cheryl sends me names quite a lot, randomly.
Are they nice?
Yeah, they are actually. I’ve banked a few of them.
Has this made Nicola broody?
I don’t know. She’s got such a social life, I don’t know if she’s got time for it! I think she loves that she’s got loads of kids she can borrow and give back.
Sarah’s been battling breast cancer. How’s she doing?
She’s doing well. It’s such a tough time for her and I’m so proud of her. It’s a strange feeling, because you feel proud that someone’s taken it on and is dealing with everything she’s dealing with. She’s actually managed to write an autobiography, which we’ve tried to help with and are sending stories and pictures. I’m so impressed she’s managed to focus herself. It will be lovely for people to hear her story from her side, as that’s the only truth.
Have you all been rallying around?
She knows we’re all there, ready to help in any way we can. She’s really appreciated having that. Unfortunately, it’s these things that bring you closer together… but we always were [close] anyway. When you share the experiences we have and that time as a group, it’s a sisterhood. If somebody needs the rest of us, we’re all going to be there and that’s it. End of story.
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