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If you don't know presenter and actor Rosie Ramsey, you're going to want to follow her ASAP. Not only does she regularly have us in stitches on her Instagram stories but she's one half of the chart-topping podcast Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed. with her husband, stand-up comedian Chris. The duo have now released a book of the same name where they write hilariously and with honesty about the ups and downs and ins and outs of love, sex and relationships. We caught up with Rosie to discuss the new book and the upcoming arrival of her second baby.
I'm giving birth in a different hospital this year because the one where we live, they don't do C-sections anymore. They've turned into just a general sort of delivery ward, so I'm going to a different hospital and I had to tell them everything about my first child, Robin. I was telling the midwife all about the labour and she was like "So would you like a natural birth...?" And I was like, "Hell no!"
I was desperate for a natural birth with Robin. But I was in labour for 18 hours, and I really tried but unfortunately, nature took over and it turns out, he wouldn't fit. He just wouldn't fit! That's why I had an emergency section and the midwife advised that because of his size (he weighed 10lbs 11ozs!) and because of how long it took and it just not really going the right way, that it would be better to have a planned section. I get booked in a couple of weeks before so I'll know the dates. So I'll go in, get wheeled to the ward, have the C-section, get the baby and apparently go back and that's it! I actually found labour really empowering and I did kind of enjoy it. Isn't that weird? Because it was so painful. And it was a bit scary, but I just found it really like "Come on!" I just thought It was quite good.
Robin can't wait for the new baby
We didn't put on social media when we told Robin we were having a baby or anything, because sometimes we keep some things private. And we showed him the picture because we obviously didn't tell him until the 12 weeks scan. And I was like, "Do you know what this is?" And he didn't really know what it was. And then I said: "Mammy's got a baby in her tummy, you're gonna have a brother or sister!" And honestly, his whole body was like a cartoon character when they're excited, he just like shrieked and went "Oooh!" and then it was just the sweetest thing.
It's gonna be great, he talks about it all the time, he just loves being around children. There's still there's part of me that's gutted because we lost our last baby but I wish we could have done it sooner. Because I just feel like he's been so desperate for this for so long. And he's just gonna love it and be great. I can't wait.
I remember when Robin was a baby, I would just kind of sit on the sofa and he'd just be like, be asleep on my chest. And I remember just looking at him and then you wouldn't realize for hours would kind of go past and you're just looking at your little baby. That stage is always really lovely. I didn't enjoy the one to two stage so much, not gonna lie! I found that a bit stressful. But the thing I'm looking forward to the most is Robin. Seeing Robin with the baby. That's the biggest thing.
I'm hoping to be more relaxed with the next baby
I'm hoping to not be as stressed with the new baby as I was the first time around. I think with your first one, you don't really know what you're doing. I used to Google everything all the time. And you're just kind of muddling your way through. Whereas I'm really looking forward to the second baby and kind of knowing what to do and knowing not to worry about certain things. Even just little things like I bottle-fed Robin and, you know, sterilized bottles. It's obviously really important, I'm not trying to say that but I was really anal about sterilizing bottles like: "This needs to be done!" and "You can't do that!" I just want to be a bit more chilled this time. I'll say that but I might not be, but I hope I'm going to be!
It's lovely having a gang
It's going to sound really naff but my favourite thing about being a mum is just having somebody. Just having a little family like me, Robin and Chris and just having a unit and having a gang and just the love. Being something and somebody that someone needs is the best.
I think like any mother, I find the guilt really hard. Just constantly feeling guilty about something - whether you've spent enough time with them, whether you don't give them enough of something. The constant battle of wanting to give them everything in the world but knowing that if you give them everything in the world, they could end up awful. And then you then on top of that, you have the tantrums, you have when they hurt themselves, and the constant worry about your kids and so many things. But it's crazy how it's all outweighed by just loving them.
People can relate to us
The concept of our podcast Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed is basically me and my husband Chris, a married couple (who I'd like to think are down to earth) and we just chat about our lives and the ups and downs of marriage and we're able to laugh at ourselves and have a joke. And I hope that we make people feel a little bit more normal in their own relationship and that it happens to everybody. My husband Chris is on the TV a lot and is a stand-up comedian and when you see people who are on the TV in their real life, you can relate to it. I think it always makes it a bit more. "Oh! wow, they're the same as us!" love that when my friends tell me they've been arguing with their husbands or the partners or whatever, I'm like "Get in! Yes!" And you just feel better about your own situation. That was the intention with the podcast and we've now branched out into a book.
It's not easy writing with your other half
I never in a million years thought that I would be writing a book. It's going to sound really naff but you know what? It's with Penguin! I've been reading penguin books since I was a kid! And I've never ever dreamt of doing a book so it was a really big challenge and I'm really proud that we've done it.
At first it wasn't great writing with Chris. During the podcast, it's obviously very performative in that we're just kind of having a chat and we can talk or whatever. I was a little bit uncertain about the book and I wasn't very confident in writing. Whereas Chris has written for years, he's written all of these shows. So I was a little bit insecure. And sometimes if Chris was like, "I don't think that's very good" And I'd get the hump! I know it's silly but that's the thing about working with somebody you're married with, there's no sort of professionalism. And I'm the same with him! You don't word things a certain way like you might with a colleague, so that was hard with the book. But we managed to get through it. And we worked out a little system where we weren't actually writing together. So we kind of did it separately and then we would go over each other's bits. I remember we were in two different rooms at one point just shouting through going: "Yeah, that's good!" It worked in the end.
The book has something for everyone
I really hate the last chapter in our book: 'Let's talk about Sh*t.' I still don't want it in and we actually had a row about that as I said I didn't think it should be in the book. I just thought we're writing a book and I got my kind of like, posh academic head-on (not that I've got one!) and I was like, "We can't do a section about sh*t!" And Chris pointed out: "Well we do in the in the podcast, and this is an extension of the podcast!" And if people are enjoying it, I don't mind! Though there is the option to not read it and you actually cut it out in the book!
I love the section 'Are we Vanilla?' where we're talking about our bland sex life. We get some horrible emails from people. You think the podcast is filthy? You want to go through them emails. They're disgusting!
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A fondness for travel, chocolate and her sausage dog Luna, in her spare time. Emily also runs the lifestyle blog, Musings & More.
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