The multi-talented Myleene Klass reflects on her biggest role yet-mum to two young girls
Did you always want to be a mum?
Yes, but I didn’t really plan it. It’s hard to describe what being a mum is like until you’re actually being one.
Describe birth in one word
Who’s been your biggest parenting influence?
My mum is my biggest influence, but not in the way I thought – the first time she babysat Ava she said, ‘You tell me how you want me to look after her.’ Her approach gave me confidence in my own decisions – suddenly I wasn’t the wingman, I was the pilot.
What’s your favourite thing about being a mum?
Completely unadulterated and unconditional love. If anyone else woke me up at 2am and 4am, I’d be angry, but Hero can do it every night.
Perfect family day?
Very relaxed! Probably a roast dinner pub lunch followed by snuggling up with the girls on the sofa watching a film.
How did you choose their names?
Ava was going to be called Bailey, but we weren’t sure. We were trying to think of a name she could live with forever and we both loved the name Ava. Hero was going to be called Harper, but I drive past Harper Lane every day and thought it might be confusing as she got older. So, we called her Hero Harper instead. And when the Beckhams called their daughter Harper there were lots of conversations about the name.
What is the best gift you’ve been given?
I never get bought baby clothes because I have my own Baby K collection for Mothercare, but I actually prefer getting practical presents for them; for Hero’s baby shower I asked my friends to buy me packs of nappies, you can never have enough nappies!
The best advice you’ve been given?
Mother knows best! My mum told me that.
Any advice for new mums?
Don’t be too hard on yourself. When you have a newborn, you’re incredibly tired and your body has been through a trauma. It’s ok to lock yourself in the loo for two minutes and have a good cry…
What have you had to give up?
Spontaneity! Oh and drinking too much– hangovers with a baby are torture.
Biggest mistakes you’ve made?
I’m not very good at asking for help – I’ve shed tears over trying to steam a carrot and some fish for a hungry baby, but now I look back and wonder why I got so worked up about it.
What’s been your most embarrassing moment so far?
I’ve had millions! I was talking to a parking attendant when I realised Hero had pulled my top completely down and I hadn’t noticed – everything was on show!
And your biggest panic?
Hero choked on something last week. I did do a first aid course before Ava was born, but it’s such a lot to take in. You wonder whether you’ll remember at the crucial moment. She’d picked up a star from one of Ava’s crowns and put it in her mouth – luckily I remembered the training and put it into action.
Which fictional character would Ava be?
The Little Mermaid. She swims non-stop and basically wants to be a fish.
What could you do better?
Everything! I’m my biggest critic, I’m always thinking, could I have done that better or have I done enough. Things might be easier with another hour in the day or octopus arms. I just want to raise a happy family.
I think it would have to be a mixture between Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee.
What’s the one thing you’d like to pass on to your daughters?
I’d love my children to be content and happy whatever they do in life and not to be constantly chasing something or worrying about what they’ll be doing next.
What has Hero taught you?
She has taught me that if I listen and watch her, she will show me what she needs.
What would you ban?
I’ve banned all media on the table, so no newspapers or magazines. I want to keep my girls as children for as long as possible, I don’t want them to see images they can’t process yet, not just sexual images, but those of violence and war.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Slobbing out with TV programmes like the EastEnders omnibus at the weekend or One Born Every Minute. And a chocolate orange.
Mylenne was chatting to Nifa Mclaughlin