Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh done having kids after baby Nate’s ‘perfect birth’
The third time really was a charm for Kimberley Walsh as she welcomed son Nate Jackson Scott at the end of May.
The former Girls Aloud singer reveals she had a “perfect” birth after those of her other boys, Bobby, six, and Cole, four, left her “in shock”.
And the 39-year-old says Nate is likely to be her last baby. “Me and Justin said to each other that two just didn’t seem enough for some reason, but now we feel complete,” says Kimberley.
Nate weighed in at 7lb 4oz at 6.45pm on 28 May in the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, west London – where the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge has had babies.
Kimberley’s third boy arrived with a full head of dark hair after his fuss-free delivery and his brothers are just as smitten as she and her husband Justin Scott, 38, are.
Here, Kimberley talks about her baby boy, how they are settling into their new family life and what gifts Nate got from his Girls Aloud aunties…
Congratulations, Kimberley! How are you feeling?
I’m actually doing really well. It’s a bit easier the third time around, as you know what you’re doing. At first I was like, “Oh, gosh, I can’t even remember what to do.” But now I can’t even imagine him not being here. The two-year age gap was tough with Bobby and Cole, and there were plenty of hairy moments, but now they’re older they’re more of a help than anything. A couple of mornings they’ve just got up, Bobby has made them breakfast and they’ve put on their uniforms.
That’s cute! How does it feel to be a mum of three boys?
It’s quite special when you’ve got so many of the same sex. I have always been drawn towards boys – the male energy is a bit more straightforward and I always liked that. Even at school, loads of my friends were boys and I’m not the most girlie girl, which is probably surprising to some people because of me being in a girlband and all the glamour, but there’s less guessing with boys.
Did everything go smoothly?
Yeah, in a way it was the perfect labour. I have the most amazing birth video, which Justin made, of me watching him come out. It was an amazing experience. I wouldn’t say Justin enjoyed it but he didn’t find this one too troublesome! Previously, there was always a drama, whereas this time I managed to push him out in three pushes because I focused everything into it. I think Justin always feels a bit helpless but he really steps up when the baby arrives.
What happened with Bobby and Cole’s births?
Bobby turned back-to-back at the final hour and it was all very scary. The obstetrician was like, “I’ve got one chance to get him out or I’ll have to take you to theatre.” I had an episiotomy and forceps, which was really not fun. Cole went from 5cm to 10cm dilated within the space of two minutes and nobody was in the room. I got up to go to the toilet and his head just came down, so Justin had to call them! The epidural had worn off so I was in horrendous labour pain and suddenly he was out in five minutes. With both of them, I was in shock afterwards.
Were there any tears during Nate’s birth?
Oh yeah, I always cry. It’s crazy to finally meet them. I was a little wary until he cried – I was holding my breath. Then when he cried, I cried.
Did you treat yourself to some champagne in the Lindo Wing?
I thought I would really want some but in reality all I wanted was toast and tea. As soon as he was born, I said, “Please can I have loads of toast and marmalade?” And the lady said, “Loads?” and I said, “Yeah, I don’t mean just two slices, I mean a pile of toast!” I had a glass of rosé in the garden when we got home, but just the one. When you’re breastfeeding, you can’t really drink.
Are you enjoying breastfeeding?
I am. I had a really tough time with Bobby and Cole, they were both quite hard to latch and they both had tongue tie, and the doctors didn’t realise straight away. I’m from a family of women who have all breastfed, so I was really determined to try because it’s all I’ve ever known. I worked really hard and fed Bobby for six months and Cole for seven. With Nate, I was kind of dreading it and thinking I was going to have the same struggle, but he latched on within two minutes and fed for an hour. It’s crazy – you assume it’s something with you, but it’s just the way it is.
Does it feel like your family is complete now?
It does and we’ve decided Nate will be our last baby, although Bobby is trying it on with Justin and saying, “I think we might need one more!” I’m like, “Bobs, we’re done!” This age gap is lovely and with the age I’m at, if I was going to have another it would have to be fairly soon – and that’s not going to happen! Me and Justin said to each other yesterday that two just didn’t seem enough for some reason but now our family feels complete.
I didn’t want it to just be the two boys constantly competing against each other. With my sister Sally having three boys and another boy on the way, we’re going to have a crew of seven lads!
Have any of your Girls Aloud bandmates met Nate?
Cheryl [Tweedy] and Nicola [Roberts] have come over. Nadine [Coyle] texted me the other day saying her little girl has put together a box of things for him, so she’s going to pop round, which will be lovely. Sarah [Harding] obviously can’t get down at the moment but she sent me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and we’ve been texting. I’ve sent her loads of pictures. It’s really nice to share the joy with them and have another one in the mix. We’re planning a barbecue and to get all the kids together over the summer holidays.