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It was just last month that Tom Parker revealed exclusively in OK! magazine that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, while his wife Kelsey was weeks away from giving birth to their second child.
The couple, who already had 16 month old daughter Aurelia, have now welcomed their beautiful newborn son, Bodhi Thomas Parker and have revealed all the intimate details of the tot’s early birth.
Tom, 32, and Kelsey, 30, weren’t able to have the home birth they wanted, but an emotional Tom was able to be at his wife’s side throughout the labour – and he cried his eyes out when he finally got to hold his son.
Read the full interview with Tom and Kelsey and see all the exclusive pictures from their first ever photoshoot with the whole family here.
Kelsey told OK! magazine: “He is the perfect baby – especially compared to having Aurelia first. I barely even know I’ve got him. He couldn’t have come at a better time. He’s the light at the end of the tunnel.
“It gives us something else to focus on, because it’s not all about Tom, it’s about our baby as well. He’s come at the best time and he’s perked Tom up loads. He’s been absolutely amazing and made our family complete.”
Tom added: “He’s so chilled. He’s so different to Aurelia – she was always very active.”
Bodhi arrived two weeks earlier than Kelsey’s due date after her waters broke while watching The Only Way Is Essex.
Kelsey said: “Bodhi’s labour started during TOWIE! At 10pm my waters broke and then nothing happened. I rang my mum and she said, “Get some sleep, then ring me.” I rang her at 7am and said, “Nothing’s happened.” I rang the midwife, they came and checked me because I really wanted a home birth, but there was no sign of the baby.
“Then I went into hospital, was induced and there he was. He broke his own waters then didn’t want to show himself! “
The mum-of-two continued: “They tried pessaries and nothing happened. Then I went on the hormone drip and that kicked in within two minutes. When I gave birth it all happened quite quickly – my birth time was 30 minutes!”
Thankfully Tom was allowed to be in the room the whole time to support Kelsey. “[Tom] was there for the whole labour”, she said.
“The NHS was absolutely amazing. I obviously wanted a home birth because of the whole situation, but because we had to go to hospital they put us in isolation and fed Tom while he was there. They made us feel so welcome. He was able to stay the night too.
“Tom was really good, because I said, “I don’t want an epidural, I just want gas and air.” And they asked him and he said, “She doesn’t want an epidural.” When I was in so much pain, I turned round to him and said, “Shall I get one?” And he was like, “Go for it.” They went to get one and by the time they came back I was fully dilated.”
After the quick labour Tom says he cried his eyes out when he finally saw Bodhi for the first time.
Kelsey added: “Tom’s emotional anyway, and I’m the harder one. But I was so overwhelmed when he was born, because it happened so quickly. When the baby’s on you, you’re like, “I can’t believe it!” We were all crying.
Tom Parker says he's 'fighting for' daughter Aurelia as he shares sweet snap – after birth of second child
Tom Parker and Kelsey: all the photos with gorgeous baby Bodhi and full interview
Tom, who is currently under going treatment for his tumour, and Kelsey also revealed that they chose their son’s name after watching Keanu Reeves movie Point Break.
Kelsey said: “We were watching it and my little brother, Bobby, was like, “Kels, I love the name Bodhi.” And we were like, “We’re not sure.” And we actually had the name when I was pregnant with Aurelia, if she was a boy. And then when we knew we were having a little boy, it was Bodhi the whole way. “Bodhi” means enlightenment, so it just goes perfectly with our situation right now.
“He’s the light at the end of our tunnel. Tom didn’t want the name. I said, “Tom, I don’t care what you say – we’re having Bodhi and that’s it.”
Read the full interview in this week's OK! magazine – out nationwide Tuesday
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