Swapping nights out for night feeds, Es­sex girl Ferne tells Katie Hol­loway about the highs and lows of be­ing a first-time par­ent

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A ny­one who watched Ferne Mccann eat a live spi­der on I’m A Celeb in 2015 will already know that she’s made of stern stuff. But 2017 has been one of the tough­est years in the 27-year-old for­mer TOWIE star’s life. Preg­nancy can be dif­fi­cult for any first-time mum, but go­ing through it alone, while the baby’s father Arthur Collins was on trial (and even­tu­ally con­victed) for an acid at­tack, would test even the strongest per­son.

Ferne wel­comed daugh­ter Sun­day in Novem­ber, and we’ll get to see how they’re get­ting on in her new show Ferne Mccann: First Time Mum. We caught up with her to find out why she chose the name Sun­day, why she doesn’t like be­ing called a sin­gle mother, and what on Earth the “ring of fire” is…

So, how are the sleep­less nights?

Well, I feel like I made a bit of a break­through yes­ter­day. Sun­day hadn’t been set­tling that well dur­ing the night-time feeds. The day be­fore, I was up for the whole night, and I’m not even sure if I got to feed her. Ob­vi­ously, I did, but it’s all such a blur. But last night, we made a real break­through and she only woke up three times. So I feel much more en­er­gised to­day. It makes so much dif­fer­ence when you’ve had a lit­tle bit of sleep.

What were the best and worst parts of your preg­nancy?

Do you know what? I re­ally em­braced my preg­nancy. I felt like I still did ev­ery­thing that I was do­ing be­fore, just car­ry­ing around my bump. I still ex­er­cised and worked right up un­til the day be­fore be­cause I was film­ing be­fore I went into labour. I en­joyed it.

Did you have any weird crav­ings?

The only thing that was su­per-weird is that I had an ob­ses­sion with sponges. And damp smells. Hon­estly, this is a thing – I Googled it. Women love the texture. I was bury­ing my nose in sponges.

But you weren’t eat­ing them?

I wasn’t eat­ing them. But I was loving choco­late ev­ery

sin­gle night, and I haven’t man­aged to kick that habit yet.

How did you feel when you knew you’d be do­ing this as a sin­gle mum?

Ob­vi­ously, for the past six months, I’ve lived with know­ing that was go­ing to be the sit­u­a­tion. So I’ve got used to the idea, to be hon­est. I’d done the whole preg­nancy on my own and I kind of knew it was com­ing, so yeah. But I’ve got a fan­tas­tic sup­port net­work around me, so I don’t feel like I’m on my own, do you know what I mean? I’m not re­ally keen on that “sin­gle mother” la­bel – to me, I’m just Sun­day’s mother.

Arg and vicky Pat­ti­son are in your new show. Have they been re­ally sup­port­ive?

They’ve been amaz­ing. I’ve seen loads of Arg, and Bil­lie [Faiers] is just round the cor­ner as well. She was amaz­ing when she met Sun­day, and through­out my whole preg­nancy. I saw Vicky the other day, and she and John [No­ble, her fi­ancé] treated Sun­day so much. They bought her a mas­sive ham­per of good­ies. They’ve all been great.

Are you des­per­ate for a night out?

I haven’t left Sun­day with any­one else yet, be­cause I’m breast­feed­ing. I am keen to ex­press [breast milk for bot­tle feed­ing]. I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to plan a night out with the girls or maybe a Sun­day brunch that turns into an af­ter­noon thing for the New Year, and do it as a lit­tle bit of a cel­e­bra­tion for Sun­day’s birth.

why did you choose the name Sun­day?

Be­cause I love the sound of the word and I love the name. There’s that beauty brand, Sun­day Ri­ley, and I just al­ways loved how it rolled off the tongue. I don’t feel like it’s as un­usual as some peo­ple are mak­ing out. I don’t think it’s, like, a weird-sound­ing name.

it’s no Ap­ple or Moses…

Ex­actly! Yes, it is a day of the week. No, she wasn’t con­ceived or born on a Sun­day. It’s just be­cause I liked it – there’s no real rea­son for it.

is her name Sun­day ri­ley, then?

Ah, well she did have a mid­dle name, but now I’m not so sure. [PR in­ter­rupts, telling Ferne she can’t talk about the mid­dle name.] I don’t even want to say, be­cause I’m still not sure. Un­til I’ve con­firmed it and it’s on the birth cer­tifi­cate, then I’ll an­nounce it. But, you know, I just don’t feel like mid­dle names are that much of a big deal.

what has sur­prised you most about hav­ing her?

I was re­ally wor­ried that I wasn’t go­ing to get that rush of un­con­di­tional love. I think be­cause I haven’t al­ways been this su­per-ma­ter­nal per­son – I love kids and it was al­ways part of the plan – but not nec­es­sar­ily part of 2017, it was a bit of a shock. So, I was wor­ried that I wasn’t go­ing to be ready for it. But, ac­tu­ally, what has sur­prised me is how nat­u­rally I’ve taken to it. I’m so ob­sessed with her. It’s a healthy ob­ses­sion – it just feels so nat­u­ral and right. I look at her and she makes me so happy. Her face re­ally makes me gig­gle.

what’s your num­ber-one tip for new mums?

Watch the show! I knew noth­ing about preg­nancy, birth, labour, or be­ing a mum, so it’s a real ap­pren­tice­ship on moth­er­hood. I go into it not know­ing any­thing and learn­ing ev­ery­thing. I think, some­times, moth­ers can kind of gloss over the juicy bits, such as the breast­feed­ing and labour and the ring of fire and all those things.

erm, what the hell is the ring of fire?

Well, they de­scribe it as the ring of fire – it’s the crown­ing of the head. i’ ve never ex­pe­ri­enced a pain like it. The pain kind of just fiz­zles away as soon as you’ve given birth. It’s in­tense!

Fi­nally, you know the jun­gle bet­ter than any­one. who do you think will win i’m A Celeb?

I think Toff has got a great shot. I think peo­ple would have thought she’d be quite ir­ri­tat­ing, but she’s re­ally re­laxed into it. I think she is go­ing to be the win­ner, I re­ally do. She’s re­ally en­ter­tain­ing and lovely.

‘She wasn’t con­ceived on a Sun­day – it’s just a lovely name’

Sink-bath time

About to fall into the ring of fire?

A per­fect Sun­day

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