Precious moments: Claire Sweeney

Precious moments: Claire Sweeney

The actress explains how having a baby has changed her approach to life

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Did you always want to be a mum?
From a very young age, I knew I didn’t want to leave this world without having a child. I had two miscarriages before Jaxon came along, and I was 43, so he really was the most wanted baby in the world.

Who’s been your biggest parenting influence?
My mum was very relaxed and I’ve adopted that approach; there’s no point worrying unless you have to. Mum’s always there if I need support, but I don’t always follow her advice. When Jaxon was tiny she told me to let him cry once in a while, but I couldn’t – I can’t stand the idea of him being upset. While I was pregnant the internet was reassuring at times, as I was never sure what I was experiencing was normal.

Describe birth in one word.
Amazing!

So what happened?
I was lucky; I had a really lovely pregnancy then, because Jaxon was breech, I had a caesarean, which was surreal as I ended up as high as a kite on anaesthetic. But despite the fogginess, nothing could quell my excitement, and the minute I saw my son the connection I felt with him completely blew me away. It was like nothing else.

Best thing about being a mum?
If I had to name one thing, it would be the intense love I feel for my baby – a strength of emotion I have never experienced before. Every time I look at my son, I think, ‘This kid is just fantastic,’ and the love seems to grow a bit more each day.

Claire is patron of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation; and currently touring with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She was talking to Lucy Benyon.

Read the full interview with Claire in the November issue of Gurgle magazine, in stores October 3rd 2016.

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