With her first weeks of mother­hood now be­hind her, Ch­eryl’s get­ting to grips with her huge life over­haul…

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It’s been only two weeks since Chiam’s lit­tle one made his grand en­trance into the world. But ac­cord­ing to friends of Ch­eryl and Liam Payne, it may as well be two years, as the pair are dis­cov­er­ing that no mat­ter how fa­mous, rich or con­nected you might be, par­ent­ing is damn hard. And it’s re­port­edly Ch­eryl, 33, who’s been find­ing it most stress­ful as, like ev­ery new mother, she strug­gles with the pres­sure of be­ing ‘the per­fect mum’.

‘She’s ab­so­lutely ex­hausted,’ says our in­sider. ‘It’s re­ally testing her – emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally.’

To add to that, the star’s been keen to make sure she’s as hands-on as pos­si­ble. As re­port­edly sug­gested by sev­eral close fam­ily mem­bers, the cou­ple have been do­ing ev­ery­thing – from nappy changes (which Liam men­tioned on Twit­ter last week) to feeds – them­selves in­stead of hir­ing a nanny. But, like any new mum, Ch­eryl wor­ries.

‘She’s put her­self un­der mas­sive pres­sure to do ev­ery­thing her­self,’ says an­other source. ‘She’s hardly let­ting any­one else help. She could eas­ily have a team around her but she wants to do it and of course se­cu­rity is the big­gest risk.’

As Look re­ported pre­vi­ously, the pair have been un­der siege from Direc­tion­ers who’ve com­mented on the 10-year age gap be­tween the cou­ple and even di­rectly threat­ened to ‘steal the baby’.

It’s led to Ch­eryl op­er­at­ing a ‘no risk’ pol­icy when it comes to her son, keep­ing the cir­cle around her fam­ily very tight. ‘She’s lov­ing be­ing a par­ent but nat­u­rally she’s fiercely pro­tec­tive and that means vet­ting ev­ery per­son,’ adds our source.

As for those wed­ding ru­mours, it is hap­pen­ing, but will be a low-key af­fair with only one or two fam­ily mem­bers at­tend­ing. ‘She’s had two divorces; this time she wants some­thing in­ti­mate and has hinted it will just be her, Liam and their son,’ our in­sider ex­plains. With Liam set to jet back to the States soon to pro­mote his new solo al­bum, it’s just as well.

The pic we’d all been wait­ing for

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