The S Club singer opens up about the new most important role in her life – parenthood
Not long after our interview and photo shoot with Rachel Stevens, it’s announced that S Club 7 are reuniting for Children In Need. So it’s back to some of the most energetic dance routines ever (Don’t Stop Movin’, anyone?) for the mum of two.
Now happily settled with her husband Alex and daughters Amelie, four, and the other star of our photo shoot Minnie, seven months, Rachel’s come along way since the combat trousers and crop tops. And, she’s learning how to navigate feisty toddlers, baby massage and sleepless nights with the rest of us.
Read the full interview in the new issue of Mother&Baby, out now!
When you’re pregnant first time around, everyone looks after you. You get your feet massaged and cushions behind your back. But with my second pregnancy, I had a toddler to run around after. Amelie’s not the type of child who’ll stand with me – she’s a free spirit and will just bomb it down the street, so I’d pick her up from nursery and be trying to chase her with this big bump…
Amelie’s not the type of child who’ll stand with me – she’s a free spirit and will just bomb it down the street...
I can see the girls’ relationship growing already. Amelie’s adorable with Minnie, always helping me and cuddling her – although at the beginning she’d almost squash her… it was a loving thing but her just not knowing how soft to be with the baby! I think with your first, they’re all in cotton wool but the second one’s tougher because they just kind of get poked and prodded.
I always knew Alex would make a brilliant dad. I remember seeing him with his nieces and reading them stories before bed. Now he’ll bath Minnie, put all the cream on her, do baby massage and play soft music when he’s giving her a bottle. He’s really hands on.
The thing I’m really strict about is manners, but discipline is so difficult. I’ve read a brilliant book called How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk and it’s all about your child not knowing how to express themselves. So, instead of pointing your finger and shouting, it tells you how to really listen and it’s worked with Amelie.
Some people are adamant they’re done with having children, but I’d never say never to another baby. Who knows in a few years’ time, maybe we’d love to. But now I’m very content. I’ve got my two girls and I’m very happy.
Photography: Peter Pedonomou