Ronan and Storm Keating reveal they’re having a baby girl as excited couple cosy up in romantic shoot
The final few weeks of a pregnancy can be a stressful time for any expectant parent, but when Ronan and Storm Keating arrive at our photoshoot, deep in the Hertfordshire countryside, we’re struck by how chilled out they are.
At eight months along, Storm, 38, looks incredible and has energy in spades as she runs around after the couple’s adorable two-year-old son, Cooper – who, by the way, is a total charmer!
Meanwhile, 42-year-old Ronan dotes on his wife of five years, bringing her two bowls of soup and placing a protective hand on her knee throughout our interview.
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The pair announced back in November that they were expecting their second child together (the Magic Radio host and former Boyzone frontman is already father to Jack, 20, Missy, 18, and Ali, 14 from his first marriage).
Not only is this the couple’s first interview since revealing their news, they‘ve also chosen to exclusively share the gender of their unborn child with OK!.
“We’ve known for a while whether we’ve been having a boy or a girl and it’s been really hard keeping it a secret,” laughs Ronan as he touches his wife’s belly.
“People keep asking if we know and we’re like, ‘We do, but we’re not saying yet!’” smiles Australian-born Storm, who met Ronan in 2010 when he was a judge on the Australian X Factor, where she worked as a producer.
Here, Ronan and Storm open up about the “really tough” early months of the pregnancy, how they reacted when they learnt the gender and why this is definitely the last baby in the Keating family…
Congratulations on the pregnancy guys! Can you tell us what you’re having?
Ronan: Yes, we’re having a baby girl! It’s super exciting. We are very lucky and I am so happy for Storm.
Storm: I’ve always wanted at least one of each sex so I’m feeling very blessed. That’s five kids in total now, so that’s enough, we’re going to have to get Ro to have the snip [laughs].
Ronan: What?! Hold on, wait a minute…
So you were hoping for a girl this time?
Storm: I secretly hoped for a girl the first time, but then Cooper turned out to be such a little legend that, going into this one, I was like, “I could easily have another boy.” They’re so easy. We’re a little anxious about having a girl and the different dynamic that might bring.
Ronan: People say that girls can be trickier. With Cooper being such a dream we’re scared we can’t get that lucky twice.
Storm: Even if she is a little terror, I’m so chuffed it’s a girl.
How did you react when you found out the gender?
Ronan: We both got really emotional. I may have teared up a little [laughs]. I just felt so lucky and blessed. I was really happy for Stormy.
Storm: We found out around the three-month mark. We had the harmony test, which tests for any chromosome disorders. It’s something they advise you to have when you’re a “geriatric mum” as they call it. Everything was fine, which was a huge relief, but they can tell the gender from that test too.
Have you decided on a name?
Ronan: Yeah, but we’re going to keep that to ourselves.
Storm: We’ve had the name since the early days. It’s not a traditional name, it’s a little bit different.
How easy was it to fall pregnant?
Ronan: Too quick! [Laughs] Just a few weeks.
Storm: We thought it might take around six months because we’re getting older and these things never usually happen just like that. It did, though, which was a shock, but we rolled with it.
Can you remember where you were when you found out you were expecting?
Storm: I did the test at home when Ronan was at work.
Ronan: She’d sent me to the local village shop a couple of days earlier to get the pregnancy test. I was trying to slip it into the basket without anyone noticing!
Storm: I didn’t take the test straight away because I wasn’t convinced that I was pregnant. Then a few days later, I thought, “Actually, I am getting a bit late.” I took the test and when I saw it was positive, I was like, “Holy moly, here we go!”
How has the pregnancy been so far?
Storm: I got morning sickness really badly at the beginning. It was basically all-day sickness. Much worse than when I was pregnant with Cooper.
Ronan: Yeah, the first three months were really tough for Storm.
Storm: Luckily it passed and I’ve felt great since.
Have you had any other health issues?
Storm: No, it’s been an uncomplicated pregnancy like my first, but I still get anxious from time to time because anything can happen at any point and I remind myself of that.
Ronan: I’m the same. All you pray for is a healthy baby.
Storm: I had a family reunion in Papua New Guinea in September, we were in the first trimester and the morning sickness was at its worst. Our obstetrician recommended not going because there’s malaria and there were reported cases of the zika virus too. But it was such a special occasion I couldn’t miss it. We were burying my grandparents.
Ronan: I was nervous too, but I knew nothing was going to stop Storm going.
Storm: We did a lot of research and got the best kind of mosquito repellent you can buy along with taking other precautions. Everything was fine.
Do you like the changes to your body that happen in pregnancy? Do you feel sexy?
Storm: I love being pregnant… Well, once the morning sickness goes! I love having a bump and missed it after I gave birth to Cooper. When I weaned Cooper off the boob, I missed breastfeeding too… so, yeah, I guess I embrace the changes pregnancy brings. When it comes to feeling sexy, that just depends on what kid of mood I’m in. Sometimes I do and sometimes I definitely do not.
Ronan: I find Storm really sexy when she’s pregnant. She was getting out of the shower the other day and I was like, “Holy moly, you look incredible.” She was like, “Shut up, will you?” [Laughs].
How do you feel about the labour this time after having an emergency caesarean with Cooper?
Storm: I’m very relaxed, I had an amazing birth the first time. And although I had what they call an “emergency caesarean” it wasn’t how it sounds. I didn’t even realise I was in labour because I wasn’t in any pain. Cooper was lying spine to spine though and given he was also a really big baby and I’m quite small, they said the safest option was a caesarean. I was prepared for either so it didn’t faze me.
Ronan: The caesarean was the best, most beautiful experience ever. It was so calm and we were holding hands, smiling at each other, just waiting to meet our little man.
Are you having a caesarean this time?
Storm: It’s been suggested that we may have to and, if I’m being honest, I would prefer to after our last experience. But like last time, we’ll just wait until the time comes and let our obstetrician make the call.
Ronan: It’s what’s best for Storm and the baby. People get hung up on a “natural” birth, but it’s natural whatever way it happens.
Storm: I’m so chilled about the labour and trust my doctors. If they told me to try having the baby while jumping out of a plane, I’d give it a go!
How does Cooper feel about having a little sister?
Ronan: He is over the moon. Every day he’s like, “I wanna see the baba.” and he’s kissing Storm’s tummy. He shares his blanky and dummy, his prized possessions, and puts them on the bump. It’s so cute. Now when she does join us, it might be a different story. We don’t know how he’s going to feel then [laughs].
Is Ronan a very hands-on dad, Storm?
Storm: Absolutely. We are 50/50 with Cooper; we don’t have a nanny and we take Cooper with us wherever we go. We are a team across everything we do from work to family.
Ronan: The first couple of months with Cooper, I changed more nappies than Storm did. We had our routine where I’d change the nappy then hand Coops to Storm to feed and then he’d fall asleep. I loved it because when mothers breastfeed there’s not much else dads can help with. So I had my own role and bonding time. I was lucky I could clear the diary for three weeks at the beginning and I’m going to do the same this time also.
How are you different as a dad in your forties to a dad in your twenties?
Ronan: I was 22 when I had Jack – a kid myself. It was very different because how you raise kids depends a lot on the mother and their preferences too. I have an amazing relationship with all my kids but life is very different for me now. Storm is an earth mother and together we keep things as simple and grounded as possible at home. To balance out the privileged lifestyle we get to live we’re very hands on in the household and with Coops. These days when my older kids come over, I’m obsessed with cooking for them. I’m like an Irish mammy!
How challenging has it been making a blended family work?
Storm: To be honest, when it comes to the three big kids, I got lucky. They were only young when I came into their lives and they were amazing. They adored their dad and they also knew I adored and prioritised them too, so I wasn’t a threat.
Ronan: Originally, we were concerned about having a child because we didn’t know if that would upset the balance we’d built. So we didn’t rush it. We gradually evolved over the years as a family and then, when the time did come, it wasn’t a surprise and everyone was really excited.
Storm: We were already a family but having Cooper bonded us even more. Cooper is very lucky to have such adoring older siblings.
Ronan: I will never forget seeing my son Jack in the hospital room holding Cooper for the first time, the look on his face was beautiful. They all adore Cooper and he’s besotted with them too. I’m so proud of all my kids.
It’s your fifth wedding anniversary this August. Any plans?
Ronan: I hadn’t even realised! What’s the theme for a five-year anniversary? Wood?
Storm: It’s two babies, three big kids, mortgages and a lot of outgoings. That’s what five years is. A lot of work and a lot of reality [laughs]!
Ronan’s new single, One of A Kind, feat. Emili Sande is out now. His new album, Twenty Twenty, is released on 1 May while Ronan tours the UK and Ireland in June.
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