Sam Mc­clymont baby

There's a new mem­ber of The McC­ly­monts - and he's set to steal the show

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

There was no bet­ter time for us to start a fam­ily,” smiles coun­try mu­sic star Sa­man­tha Mc­clymont, as she af­fec­tion­ately cradles her four-week-old son Wilder Her­cules Poxon along­side her hus­band Ben Poxon.

Sam – one-third of Aussie sis­ter act The Mcc­ly­monts – re­cently moved back to Aus­tralia with her hus­band of three years after stints in the US, and fi­nally felt as though the stars had aligned.

And de­spite be­ing first-time par­ents, it’s clear they’re nat­u­rals as they hap­pily dote on Wilder dur­ing our ex­clu­sive pho­to­shoot at their home in Syd­ney’s Hills district.

Sam, 31, was five days past her due date when she ar­rived at the hospi­tal hav­ing what she thought were con­trac­tions.

“When we got there I said to the nurse, ‘I think I’m in labour, but I don’t know,’” laughs the blonde beauty, who rose to fame along­side sis­ters Brooke, 36, and Mol­lie, 30, as The Mcc­ly­monts.

“Once the nurse con­firmed I was 4cm di­lated she told me the news I’d been wait­ing such a long time for, ‘ You’re go­ing to have a baby tonight!’” Sam re­calls with de­light.

Proud hubby Ben, 38, a pi­lot, says he could hardly be­lieve how re­laxed the labour was, and laughs as he re­calls how, when the time came to push, Sam thought she was do­ing a prac­tice run! “Sam didn’t re­alise she was push­ing for real un­til the doc­tor came in,” he laughs.

While the labour was drama-free, Wilder’s heart rate dropped mo­men­tar­ily after he was born and he strug­gled to breathe, but luck­ily it was reme­died quickly, says Sam, who bonded with her baby boy in the predawn hours. Ben re­calls, “We were both deliri­ous after the labour, but also wanted to scream it to the world – but the world was only just wak­ing up!”

Now, with Sam’s con­cert sched­ule about to ramp up, the cou­ple are ex­cited at the prospect of tak­ing Wilder on tour. “It’s go­ing to be quite the tribe for the Mc­clymont girls if they all de­cide to have more kids [Brooke has Tiggy, four, and Mol­lie has Ned, 18 months],” says Ben. “Us dads will have our hands full back­stage!”

And as far as sib­lings for Wilder? Both smile and agree it’s a pos­si­bil­ity. But, says his mum: “Wilder is per­fect right now.”

With her sis­ters Brooke and Mol­lie on stage. A blissed out Sam says, “I may only just want the one.” “Wilder’s mid­dle name is Her­cules – the air­craft Ben flew and which we met on 11 years ago,” says Sam.

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