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Joe Swash and Stacey Solomon have delighted fans with the announcement that they are expecting their second child together.
The couple shared their news on June 9 in an emotional Instagram post where the Loose Women star revealed that they had struggled to conceive and were starting to lose hope when they found out the happy news.
She wrote: “We are growing another pickle. We’ve never felt so grateful… I have no words. We didn’t think we would get the chance.
“We love you all to the moon and back. Lots of love From Me, Joe, Harry, Zach, Leighton, Rex, and our little pickle".
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The new arrival will have four older brothers – Stacey and Joe’s son Rex, and their children from previous relationships, Leighton, nine, Zachary, 13, and Harry, 14.
Stacey is very good friends with new mum Mrs Hinch who could be lined up as a possible godparent.
Reports had been swirling for a while that Stacey and her partner of five years were trying for a second baby.
“They are pining for another baby, and after celebrating Rex’s second birthday last week, it reminded them how fast he’s growing up,” a source told Closer.
“It made them realise how they don’t want to leave it too much longer before giving him another sibling.
“Stacey also joked how she needs a flower girl in the wedding line-up, to balance out the page boys!”
The 31 year old is set to tie the knot to the former EastEnders actor, 39, at their sprawling £1.2million Essex mansion in July after they got engaged on Christmas Eve last year.
Earlier this year Stacey joked that Dancing on Ice 2020 winner Joe was “100 per cent trying to get [her] pregnant again” after she filmed him cleaning the windows as she arrived home.
Stacey Solomon home
When the couple shared the happy news on social media they explained it hadn't been an easy journey – with 'quite a few' losses before she reached this point.
Stacey shared a photo of a negative pregnancy test, writing: "For a really long time we've been trying for another pickle… It didn't work out and this was our news quite a few times…
"We decided we were so lucky already to have our boys. It is our biggest privilege in life and we are so grateful to be parents so we stopped trying and counted ourselves so so so blessed already..
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Stacey then followed it up with a photo of her and Joe's hands entwined, writing: "For while now I've felt so yuck and even though I thought about what it felt like I didn't even want to go and check at first because well, just because, you know (I don't even like to write it).
"But yesterday we went to check what was going on… And we were so grateful to hear an extra heartbeat my tummy".
Stacey has since revealed the gender too – a baby girl!
The star shared a gorgeous photo of herself wearing a pink dress as she leaned into Joe while surrounded by pink balloons. A second snap showed her sons holding up a sign that read: "What on earth is a sister? Baby girl coming soon".
In the caption, she told her fans: "Baby Girl [pink heart emojis] I can not believe I’m writing this…" with a crying emoji.
"We are growing a little baby girl. To our darling boys, you are the best big brothers anyone could wish for and you’re little sister is the luckiest girl in the world to have you all by her side. I honestly have no words… Mummy Daddy and ALL of your big brothers can not wait to meet you little one…
"We love you so so much already darling girl." with a pink heart emoji and a crying emoji.
This will be Stacey's first daughter, and big congratulations are in order for Stacey and Joe, we can't wait to follow you on your journey!
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