Carly Cole — wife of footballer Joe Cole featured in a recent issue of Hello! Magazine with baby daughter Ruby Tatiana, 7 months and talks about what life is like as a family of three, being a mum and how busy and determined little Ruby is.
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Carly: I love it! Ruby is the focus of my world and because I brestfed her for the first five months, I feel it’s made the bond between us even stronger. I think sometimes people moan too much about how hard it is having a baby. I mean, it is knackering — because Ruby’s been waking up a lot lately. I’ve come downstairs so exhausted some mornings, my hands have been shaking as I grip the bannisters — and it would be nice sometimes to have a bit of time to myself. But if you’re ready to start a family, then that’s all part of it. Maybe that’s why I feel the way I do — because it was absolutely the right time for Joe and I.
On Joe as a dad:
C: He’s a brilliant dad and he adores Ruby. He said the other day that before Ruby was born if he’d had a picture in his head of the perfect baby, she is it. When he’s home, he’ll take her for a couple of hours, so they get time alone together, and if he’s not working, he’ll get up and get her dressed while I have a relaxing bath, instead of the two-minute shower I usually have to make do with.
On Ruby’s personality:
C: She is such a determined little thing. She gets that from Joe. You have to be really determined to get to where Joe has as a sportsman and Ruby has definately inherited that. She’s just started pulling herself up in her cot — she did it for the first time four days ago — and it doesn’t matter how exhausted she is, she will keep trying and trying until she stands up. She actually makes this little grunting noise when she’s exerting herself. She’s so active and advanced — a friend of mine has got a baby two months older and she can’t believe some of the things Ruby’s doing. Sometimes she waves her little arm and says what sounds very much like “Hiya.”
On losing the pregnancy weight:
C: I’m pretty much back to how I was before. My boobs seem smaller to me, but I think that could be because I’m comparing them to how they were when I was pregnant and then breastfeeding. I definately think breastfeeding helped me get back in to shape. I certainly didn’t diet, I just ate sensibly, did a bit of gentle exercise and the weight gradually came off. I’m young and Ruby is my first child, so I feel fine about my body. I think it’s maybe after the second or third pregnancy that women start to feel unhappy with how they look.
On wanting three more children:
C: [Laughs] If Ruby was sleeping better I’d say yes, but at the moment I’m not so sure! Apart from the first three months or so, when I suffered terrible nausea, I really enjoyed being pregnant and Joe and I would definately like more than one child. But it would be nice to have a bit of ‘me’ time, and a few nights out with my friends, before I do it all again.
On looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of three:
C: I love Christmas and this one will be extra special. I can’t wait to get the tree up so that Ruby can gaze at the decorations. Joe will have a game on Boxing Day, so we’ll have all the family up. I’ll be excited to see all the garden covered in snow. I’m already picturing the three of us out there building a snowman. Ruby will probably be walking by then, so it’s going to be a really special time.
Source: Hello! Magazine Date: November 8th 2010 Issue: 1148. Photos by Amelia Troubridge