Joe Swash says Stacey Solomon was a ‘warrior’ during labour and Rex is the ‘anchor’ for the family

They welcomed their newborn son Rex ‘earlier than expected’ last month. 

And Joe Swash made his first television appearance since girlfriend Stacey Solomon welcomed their son on Friday’s Loose Women as he spoke about being a father again.

The former EastEnders actor, 37, sweetly called his panellist partner, 29, a ‘warrior’ during labour and admitted that little Rex is the’ anchor’ for their family.

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New dad: Joe Swash made his first television appearance since girlfriend Stacey Solomon welcomed their son on Friday's Loose Women as he spoke about being a father again

New dad: Joe Swash made his first television appearance since girlfriend Stacey Solomon welcomed their son on Friday’s Loose Women as he spoke about being a father again

Talking about Stacey’s labour, which happened ‘earlier than expected’, he said: ‘It took me by surprise as well. I was sitting in bed thinking we had another two weeks left. 

‘At 6 in the morning, [Stacey] was like, “I think it’s happening” and I didn’t take her seriously until she was like [puts on angry voice] “It’s happening!”‘

However, despite going into labour earlier than expected, Stacey gave birth to Rex very quickly and within less than three hours.

'Warrior': The former EastEnders actor, 37, sweetly called his panellist partner, 29, a 'warrior' during labour and admitted that little Rex is the' anchor' for their family (Stacey pictured after giving birth)

‘Warrior’: The former EastEnders actor, 37, sweetly called his panellist partner, 29, a ‘warrior’ during labour and admitted that little Rex is the’ anchor’ for their family (Stacey pictured after giving birth) 

'Surprised': Talking about Stacey's labour, which happened 'earlier than expected', he said: 'It took me by surprise as well. I was sitting in bed thinking we had another two weeks left

‘Surprised’: Talking about Stacey’s labour, which happened ‘earlier than expected’, he said: ‘It took me by surprise as well. I was sitting in bed thinking we had another two weeks left

Talking about the birthing experience, Joe continued: ‘You [usually] have a little bit of a build up before the big pains come but Stacey’s just came straight away. She is such a warrior, she was amazing. 

‘It was the weirdest morning of my life. Her sister works in the ward next door so Gemma came in…it all happened so fast. 

‘Gemma was like, “I am gonna put the gloves on to help with the birth” and she turned round and it was like a slip and slide. We nearly had to catch it… I was like a wicket keeper!’ 

Joe added that it’s currently an ‘amazing’ time for their family and Rex is the ‘anchor’, he said: ‘It’s an amazing time for us all. Little Rex is such an amazing anchor for our family. He is our connection and he relates us all together. 

Sweet: However, despite going into labour earlier than expected, Stacey gave birth to Rex very quickly and within less than three hours

Sweet: However, despite going into labour earlier than expected, Stacey gave birth to Rex very quickly and within less than three hours

Proud father: Talking about the birthing experience, Joe continued: 'You [usually] have a little bit of a build up before the big pains come but Stacey’s just came straight away. She is such a warrior, she was amazing.'

Proud father: Talking about the birthing experience, Joe continued: ‘You [usually] have a little bit of a build up before the big pains come but Stacey’s just came straight away. She is such a warrior, she was amazing.’

Surprise! The star appeared on Loose Women just hours before she unexpectedly went into labour (pictured in May the day before giving birth)

Surprise! The star appeared on Loose Women just hours before she unexpectedly went into labour (pictured in May the day before giving birth) 

‘[Leighton and Zach] are brilliant with him. Stacey is amazing. She was gutted she missed her [Loose Women] baby shower and she is also gutted that she can’t go to the Spice Girls reunion [tour] as well.’

Due to the early arrival of Rex, the couple didn’t even have a nappy bag packed with Joe having to rush to Mothercare to buy supplies.

Talking about his new fatherhood duties, Joe admitted he’s a worrier, he said: ‘Oh yeah. If the baby doesn’t breathe for about five seconds, I poke it. Not a hard poke… Stacey goes mad [and says] “Will you stop poking the baby? I just fed it, let it sleep.”   

‘He is beautiful. He is so resilient. I think it is us parents that feel more vulnerable than the children.’ 

Doting father: Due to the early arrival of Rex, the couple didn't even have a nappy bag packed with Joe having to rush to Mothercare to buy supplies

Doting father: Due to the early arrival of Rex, the couple didn't even have a nappy bag packed with Joe having to rush to Mothercare to buy supplies

Doting father: Due to the early arrival of Rex, the couple didn’t even have a nappy bag packed with Joe having to rush to Mothercare to buy supplies

'Anchor': Joe added that it's currently an 'amazing' time for their family and Rex is the 'anchor', he said: 'Little Rex is such an amazing anchor for our family. He is our connection and he relates us all together.'

‘Anchor’: Joe added that it’s currently an ‘amazing’ time for their family and Rex is the ‘anchor’, he said: ‘Little Rex is such an amazing anchor for our family. He is our connection and he relates us all together.’

Sons: Joe is already a father to Harry, 12, (pictured) from a previous relationship, and he is a stepfather to Stacey's two sons, Leighton, seven, and Zachary, 11

Sons: Joe is already a father to Harry, 12, (pictured) from a previous relationship, and he is a stepfather to Stacey’s two sons, Leighton, seven, and Zachary, 11 

Sweet: Joe revealed that he's been trying to help out around the house and take on as many domestic duties as he can to help Stacey

Sweet: Joe revealed that he’s been trying to help out around the house and take on as many domestic duties as he can to help Stacey

Joe revealed that he’s been trying to help out around the house and take on as many domestic duties as he can to help Stacey.

He said: ‘At the moment, because I am not breastfeeding for obvious reasons! Stacey is breastfeeding for two hours every night, so if I can do a bit of hoovering and do some dinners, that’s the least I can do. Honestly, If you ask Stacey, I could be doing a lot more.’

Joe’s fans are already starting to comment that little Rex looks like his father and the actor joked that Stacey is getting a ‘bit annoyed’.

Good big brothers: Joe said: '[Leighton and Zach (pictured)] are brilliant with him [Rex]. Stacey is amazing.' (Stacey pictured after giving birth)

Good big brothers: Joe said: ‘[Leighton and Zach (pictured)] are brilliant with him [Rex]. Stacey is amazing.’ (Stacey pictured after giving birth) 

He said: ‘I think Stacey is starting to get a bit annoyed as everybody is like, “He looks like Joe” and she’s like, “I gave birth to this thing!” Seriously, I can’t see it, all I can see is he’s got my forehead. He is joining a club of three: me, him and Gordon Ramsay.’

Joe is already a father to Harry, 12, from a previous relationship, and he is a stepfather to Stacey’s two sons, Leighton, seven, and Zachary, 11. 

Talking about his Father’s Day plans this Sunday, he sweetly said: ‘I have got [Harry] on Sunday so I will have the two boys together. 

‘I lost my dad when I was a bit younger and for years, Father’s Day was always something I put away because it brought back raw memories. I am having to recycle the day and embrace it. It’s for the kids.’ 

Lookalike: Joe's fans are already starting to comment that little Rex looks like his father and the actor joked that Stacey is getting a 'bit annoyed'

Lookalike: Joe’s fans are already starting to comment that little Rex looks like his father and the actor joked that Stacey is getting a ‘bit annoyed’ 

Happy: Talking about his Father's Day plans this Sunday, he sweetly said: 'I have got [Harry] on Sunday so I will have the two boys together.'

Happy: Talking about his Father’s Day plans this Sunday, he sweetly said: ‘I have got [Harry] on Sunday so I will have the two boys together.’ 

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