Danielle Lloyd announced she’s expecting her first daughter with Michael O'Neill – and the pregnant star has already excitedly decorated the tot’s nursery.
In an exclusive video for OK! VIPs, Danielle takes us on a guided tour of the baby’s nursery – which has a pink and grey theme. The stylish room is fit for a queen with a huge cot, unicorn rocking horse, a ceiling mood light, and even a TV.
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After talking to new! about expecting her first daughter, Danielle, who is already mum to sons Archie, Harry, George and Ronnie, took us on a guided tour of the baby's room – which is ready and waiting for the new arrival.
The 37-year-old kicked off the tour by telling us: "This is my stunning pink nursery.
"Something that I’ve never been able to do before obviously having four boys!"
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While Danielle admitted the nursery is still unfinished as she awaits the arrival of her baby girl, she proudly showed off the décor.
“I’ve gone for all greys and then a splash of pink. I didn’t want to overdo it with the pink," she said.
“We’ve got these adorable little pictures on the wall, again cute little animals, with of course some pink in there."
Danielle also introduced us to an adorable unicorn rocking horse, admitting: "It's so cute."
Up next is the huge white cot. “It’s so girly," she explained. "We’ve got another piece that is pink and it’s going to hang over. I can’t wait for that to go up.”
Hanging from the ceiling is a pink mood light. “We also went for a pink light. It does change colour, it’s like a mood light," Danielle said. "Lots of pink, which is just amazing for me because I’m so used to blue!”
Danielle then took us over to the changing table – complete with a huge TV.
“It’s not complete yet. We’ve got to get the changing mat and this filled up with lots clothes," she said. "We’ve got the TV with Netflix on – I’m sure they’re going to be watching a lot of that. I just can’t wait for the baby to arrive.”
To view the full tour watch the exclusive video above!
As we chat with Danielle at her home in the West Midlands, she also opens up about having a miscarriage in 2019, her mental health struggles over the past year, supporting Harry after he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, and her “crazy” home life…
Congratulations, Danielle. You must be so pleased you’re having a girl!
I am. I’m over the moon. I can’t really believe it, to be honest. I don’t think it will feel real until she arrives.
Tell us about the moment you found out…
We booked a private gender scan and I had such bad anxiety in the run-up. I’ve been through it four times and each time they’ve said it was a boy, so I was expecting them to say “boy” again. And I videoed the whole thing and the doctor went on about the measurements and other things, and you can hear me going, “Can you just bloody tell me?!” I felt sick. I couldn’t breathe on the way there. It was excitement, nerves, everything. And then he handed Michael a bit of paper, which said, “It’s 99% a baby girl.” I burst into tears straight away, I just couldn’t believe it.
You’ve made no secret you’ve always wanted a girl in your family. How does it feel to finally have one coming?
It’s overwhelming and I’m so excited. I’ve been getting the nursery ready and it’s the first time I’ve been looking for pink stuff. The pregnancy’s gone really quickly actually, but because I’ve got four other kids to concentrate on, and we’ve had house renovations going on, I’ve had other things to think about.
So who had you told about the gender?
Our parents. We rang my mum and I’d been crying and I think she thought, “Oh no, she’s going to say it’s a boy.” But she’d already given me a pep talk and said, “Whatever it is, it’s going to be fine. Just don’t get your hopes up and it’s still going to be a beautiful, healthy baby.” I think they were shocked. I think everyone thought I was just destined to have boys forever.
How would you have reacted if it was another boy?
I would have been pleased. As long as the baby’s healthy, it’s still a child and still my baby at the end of the day, but I’ve made no secret of wanting a girl. We’d planned to go to Dubai this August for gender selection, so that was all booked to go ahead. But it looked like Covid was going to change all of that. It must have been fate that I got pregnant and that it’s a little girl, otherwise we’d be in Dubai paying for it.
If you were expecting a boy, would you have gone ahead with gender selection in the future?
Yes, we would.
You followed the tips in bookThe Babydust Method. Do you think that worked?
Yeah, I think so because I followed the book to a T. We were trying that for about three months and the fourth month, I got pregnant. The first pregnancy test I did came back negative, so I thought I wasn’t pregnant. And then I did one a few days later and it was positive, so it came as a massive shock.
How does it work?
You have to track your ovulation dates for so many months and you get a little diary and write down what days you ovulate, and you do ovulation tests. I tried it previously and I got pregnant but I had a miscarriage. So this time I was trying for a few months and nothing happened. When I got the negative result I felt really upset about it and Michael said, “Come on, let’s leave trying now and do the gender selection.” I had come to terms with the fact that we weren’t going to try any more and then two or three days later I found out I was pregnant. A psychic had told me I was going to get pregnant in March – and that I would have a little girl as well.
Sorry to hear about your miscarriage…
It was a really tough time. We were going through a lot anyway as a family, so it just wasn’t meant to be at that time. It was really hard.
Did you suspect, before you found out the gender, that you were having a girl?
I definitely feel different but I’ve been manifesting loads and have been doing loads of meditation. I feel like I manifested her. I did one of those blood tests at about seven or eight weeks pregnant and it came back that I was having a boy, so I was prepared for a boy. It just shows you those tests aren’t 100%.
How has your pregnancy been so far? Has it been different to the ones with the boys?
Really different! I don’t even feel pregnant. I don’t know whether it’s because I’ve had so much on, but I’m going to the gym during this pregnancy, staying fit and healthy, and my bump isn’t even as big as what it was before. It’s a whole new ball game.
Did you struggle with sickness with the boys?
Yeah, I had really bad sickness and put loads of weight on, so it’s totally different this time. I’ve only put 1lb on. Maybe it’s because it’s a totally different pregnancy with a daughter.
So you’ve been exercising throughout this pregnancy?
I have, which is really strange. I was a bit of a fitness freak before, because I put on a bit of lockdown weight. But I’m happy with the way my body looks and I feel confident. I haven’t piled on the pounds this time, which I’m happy about as well.
Can you picture what your little girl’s going to look like?
She’ll probably just look like Ronnie, but with a wig on [laughs]. I’m hoping she’ll be a mini-me but Michael loves fashion as well, so I’m sure he’s going to have her dressed up and she’s going to be so cute. I can’t wait until she arrives.
Have you got a birthing plan?
I had a water birth with Ronnie, and I’d quite like to do that again. I do enjoy being in the water, it’s quite relaxing. I’m one of those people that once I’ve had the baby, I’m like, “Right, I’m going home.”
Have you considered having a home birth?
Oh no, I’d probably traumatise the kids! They’d be asking me for sandwiches and stuff while I’m in the middle of giving birth! I like the idea of being in hospital anyway, in case anything goes wrong. Ronnie got stuck when I was in the water last time. All the alarms went off and if anything like that happened at home they don’t have the right medical personnel. It would be scary.
Was Ronnie’s birth quite difficult, then?
No, it was fine, up until that point. When his head came out, one of his shoulders got stuck, so they literally had to stand me up with the head out to move his shoulder round. I’m not really worried about this birth, to be honest. Not that I like pain but I’m just not bothered. Once the baby arrives, you forget about the pain anyway.
How will it be at home with another child in the mix?
It’s just going to be more madness. It’s going to be one big crazy house but I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. I just think when they get older, how nice is it going to be to have one big, massive family?
Now you know you’ve got your little girl coming, is that you done having children?
One hundred percent. I will not be having any more kids now. That’s it, definitely. I just think, that’s my family now. It’s complete.
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Do you and Michael still have time for date nights?
We do. We still find time to do our own thing. We’re always together anyway and have a really close relationship, but kids do stress you out, so it’s nice to have some time on your own.
How have the boys found the past year, amid lockdown?
The homeschooling was so hard. I did about six weeks and then said, “I can’t do this any more.” I’m dyslexic, so I struggle, and Harry’s just been diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD, so it’s like a madhouse. Harry was able to go back into school because he needed extra help and it was great that the school was able to provide that. They’re good boys, so I’m quite lucky, really. They just eat me out of house and home – they don’t stop eating!
How did Harry get diagnosed with ADHD?
It’s been an ongoing process since he was really young, because he was born at 29 weeks. I’ve always been in and out of the hospital and they were testing him for autism. It’s been a really frustrating process, because as a mum you just really want to get the help that Harry needs. And he’s really struggling in school. It’s sad that you’ve got to really fight to get help for your child. The school does help him one-on-one, and we’re trying to get an education, health and care plan from the council.
It sounds like it’s been a long road to getting the diagnosis…
It has. And I hate to try to put a label on something, because I don’t want him to feel like he’s different, but I feel like a weight’s been lifted off my shoulders. Now I know he’s got dyslexia and ADHD, we can do something about it. I’ll fight to make sure he gets everything he needs.
You’ve been open about your own mental health. How have you been over the past year?
I had a breakdown in the middle of the lockdown and the doctor put me on some antidepressants. I came off them three months before I got pregnant and I feel fine now and happy. I’m the sort of person that if I needed help, I’d definitely ask for it.
Do you know what caused your breakdown?
I don’t know really, it was just a bit of everything. I’m always the strong one in the house. I’m the one who holds everything together. I think I’d just had enough. It was quite stressful.
Katie Price reached out to you when Ronnie was trolled online recently. Are you and Katie still quite close?
Yeah, we are. Obviously we don’t see each other but she’s always on the phone. I’m really excited for her, because she looks genuinely happy with Carl [Woods].
And they’ve got engaged!
I know! Hopefully I’ll be invited to the wedding.
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