I consider myself to be quite an open book. There’s not a lot that I wouldn’t share, ask a question and you’ll more than likely get a pretty straight answer. Not a lot is off limits with me.
However, one thing I couldn’t imagine being quite so open about, is allowing the most intimate and private moments of pregnancy, labour and breastfeeding to be filmed. For a television audience.
One person who hasn’t turned her nose up to such an idea is none other than ex TOWIE cast-member Sam Faiers. Clearly the money opportunity was too good to turn down.
Sam Faiers, along with her partner Paul, have welcomed a camera crew into their home to capture her pregnancy journey, labour (couldn’t think of anything worse) and their first few days of parenthood (to be honest I don’t think ANYONE would want to have seen mine).
Sam explains in the beginning of the show that Paul is a very private person. Here’s guessing he had to compromise his privacy in deciding to be with Sam, because as we know from her TOWIE days, she’s anything but.
Four months into their relationship Sam fell pregnant. I don’t really have an opinion on this, I don’t believe it’s my right to. Who am I or anyone else to say what has to happen at any given moment in someone’s relationship. However, what I will say is this, I don’t think my relationship would’ve stood the test of time had I fallen pregnant a mere quarter(ish) of a year in.
Us viewers were treated to a little insight into how Paul likes his porridge, apparently Sam doesn’t make it creamy enough for him. Poor lamb. Here’s an idea love, get off that breakfast counter you’ve perched yourself on and get making it yourself.
Paul has suggested Sam have a home birth. Less stress than the hospital apparently.
OK, Paul, here’s an idea why don’t you let Sam decide where she wants to give birth. Probably for the best here.
Once ‘porridgegate’ was over and Paul had finished the oats Sam had lovingly prepared for him, he handed her the bowl and mug and declared he’d finished. Charming. Looks like you might have 2 kids to look after in a couple of months Sam.
OK magazine have declared ‘exclusive’ rights to photograph Sam’s baby bump. Paul’s got the hump mind you. It’s his baby bump apparently.
I think it’s safe to say Paul did not enjoy the OK magazine photo-shoot one bit. I’m afraid this is something you might have to get used to, you’re in a reality TV stars world now!
Another day, another photo shoot. This time for Closer magazine, but Paul can rest easy as it’s Sam’s sister Billie who is accompanying Sam for this photo opportunity.
Sam explains to her sister how Paul is encouraging her to have a home birth. Much to Billie’s disapproval. “I really don’t think you should be having a home birth for your first baby, no man will ever understand what giving birth is like”. Billie, I think I have to agree with you on this one.
At 29 weeks pregnant, Sam has the treat of learning from her mother in law to be, just how to make Paul’s favourite meal. Homemade spag bol. Luckily if she finds herself suffering from baby brain (actual condition guys), she needn’t worry about forgetting how to concoct such a culinary delight. MIL has written it all out for her. Phew, had me worried there!!
Not only is Paul pro home birth, Gaynor (MIL) has confessed she is also a huge advocate of it. Sam confesses to Gaynor that her sister thinks a home birth is a bad idea. “Stressful places those hospitals” Gaynor retorts. Right.
So, with the family being divided over where Sam should give birth (yes, that’s right, where Sam should give birth, NOT them)…it’s over to Sam’s mum now for her 2 pennies worth (to be fair, I agree with everything she says, the woman speaks sense).
Property developer Paul doesn’t think he’ll move in properly with Sam. He currently splits his time between his Mum’s house and Sam’s. He says they won’t move in together until they have their own house.
On to baby shopping and Sam and Paul are of the opinion they want their baby dressed only in white. Fresh white baby gros. Oh my darlings let me tell you something for nothing, they won’t be looking very fresh white for too long!
Paul’s decided Sam’s been overdoing it, so decides to whisk her off to The Maldives for a babymoon. It has to be said, Sam looks nothing short of amazing in her bikini.
Sam’s private midwife visits the couple to run through some pregnancy checks and much to her surprise finds out that Paul has a special little pillow that he’s been the proud owner of for some years. His comfort pillow if you will. Cute.
Time for a quick
bitch gossip session about Caroline Flack’s hair with Sam’s PA now. I’ll be watching Twitter for the fall out of that one, I can tell you!!
Gaynor’s special spag bol makes another return now all ready for Sam to heat up while she apologises to Paul for not ironing his T-shirt. You know, because it’s below Paul to pick up an iron himself. “You didn’t strain the spaghetti” Paul tells Sam. “I should’ve eaten this before I got here”. Yes, Paul, you should’ve gotten Mummy to strain your pasta just the way you like it you poor cherub.
Paul’s been dragged into going to Mothercare, he thinks it’ll be a quick shop. You know, like when you pop into Sainers to pick up some milk and bread. Oh Paul, you’re in for a short, sharp shock. My fiancé and I spent 3 hours in Kiddiecare prior to becoming parents, no lie.
No black sterilisers for Paul, it strictly has to be white. He’s particular apparently.
Post shop, Sam’s mum had kindly prepared dinner for the 2 families. A roast chicken by the looks of it. Paul announces he and Gaynor are not coming for dinner, much to Sam’s disappointment. Perhaps he wanted some of Mummy’s pasta instead.
Being honest, my heart went out to Sam during this scene. She was visibly upset and I can’t help but think it’s time Mummy cut the apron strings with Paul.
Time for some birthing videos with Sam’s sister and best friend, this looked to be quite a sobering experience for Sam. Nothing quite like the birth she perhaps had in mind (nor Paul with his ‘relaxing’ home birth). You can always rely on You Tube to provide the absolute worst can’t you!
Sam decides to confront Paul on his lack of support, telling him he’s hard to get hold of these days. A man of many words Paul isn’t.
Nappy changing practice for the both of them now and Paul doesn’t look too happy to hear he’ll be taking part in changing a nappy when the baby finally arrives. Suck it up mate, that’s the way of the world these days I’m afraid! “How would you feel about a C Section Paul?” Asks the NCT lady. “Very upset” replies Paul. Because you know, it’s him who has to go through the labour. With that, Paul walks out. He doesn’t want to know about C-Sections and what if’s. Preferring to leave that to Sam it would seem.
On to the birth decision itself (drum roll), and no shocks here, Paul’s got his own way. It’s a home birth for Sam. The midwife is shocked, I’m shocked, I think Sam’s probably quite shocked an’ all.
Man to man chat with Sam’s dad and Paul now. He looks a little like Phil Mitchell, so this should be interesting. “When’s the wedding?” asks Sam’s Dad. No holding back here.
Christmas has arrived and Sam has decided to ask Gaynor to be a birthing partner (brave), with this in mind Gaynor decides to have a heart to heart with Paul, telling him she knows he’ll be a fantastic father. All very sweet until it gets a bit strange with a rather lingering kiss between Mother and son. Definitely time to cut those apron strings.
Bit of dramatic music now as Sam goes into labour 2 weeks early. Out comes the birthing cam. Paul was given the arduous task of blowing up the birthing pool. Took him ages to blow it up apparently. Bless.
Things got a bit too much for Paul at one point, and he had to go and bed down for an hour. Because you know, watching your girlfriend labouring is quite exhausting.
The midwife decides she isn’t happy with delivering Sam’s baby at home and asks Billie to pack a hospital bag. Gaynor and Paul waste no time in telling Sam that she can give birth at home. Does Gaynor have midwifery qualifications does anyone know?
It soon transpires that Sam’s baby is back to back. Having had a few friends who have experienced a back to back labour I know from them, how painful it can be. Sam was offered epidural or morphine and Paul told the midwife she didn’t want to. Thank God the midwife turned to him and said “I’m asking Samantha”. I’m not quite sure who the bloke thinks he is.
Finally Paul Junior made his entrance into the world weighing 6lbs 15oz. Yeah, I’ll admit, I got a bit broody at this point!
Paul was keen for Sam to breastfeed, as he was breastfed until he was 2. “I’m hungry, can you make me some beans on toast” Paul asked Sam while she was breastfeeding her newborn. “Make it your fucking self” I wish she’d replied with, but no, her calm reply?? “In a minute”. The girl’s got the patience of a saint.
Ferne from TOWIE paid Sam and baby Paul a visit, she’s come fully equipped with nursing bras and has kindly made them some dinner (always appreciated when you’re a new parent), whilst also making up a new word “detoxinates”. Cheers for that Ferne.
I wasn’t shocked to learn Paul Senior had managed to clock up plenty of sleep, nor was I shocked to learn that he leaves Sam to do the nappy changes. He’s probably horizontal somewhere dreaming about Mummy’s spag bol.
In all seriousness though, I really do wish Sam the very best as she embarks on parenthood. I have a feeling she’ll make a great mother, she’s certainly had plenty of experience looking after Paul Senior over the last year or so.