Inside Shelby Tribble’s pregnancy journey as Sam Mucklow announces birth of their son

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Shelby Tribble and Sam Mucklow shared the sweet news they were set to welcome their first child back in May as the UK was in full lockdown swing.

It brought some happiness for the couple, who first met on TOWIE, following their shock decision to quit the reality show back in October to focus on their "fairytale" relationship away from the "pressure and anxiety" of sharing their lives on screen.

The loved-up pair counted down the weeks to their new arrival, revealing their unborn baby's gender, Shelby wowing with her maternity style, and moving home before announcing the birth of their baby.

Sam took to Instagram to explain that Shelby had been in hospital for five days after being overdue, before their son was born on 17 November.

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Here's a look at the 27 year old TV star's pregnancy timeline…

Shelby and Sam's baby announcement

Taking to Instagram, brunette beauty Shelby shared a snap of herself and her beau, who was holding an ultrasound picture of their unborn child.

She also shared a second image in which a blossoming baby bump was clear to see and smiling Sam had his arm around her proudly.

Shelby captioned the pair of pictures, writing: “Something fantastic is making us glad, we’re changing our names to Mum and Dad.”

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Shelby and Sam's gender reveal

Shelby and Sam shared they were going to have a boy in a sweet clip, opening up a large zipped bag which contained a rail of blue baby clothes, gifts and blue balloons.

The TOWIE star emotionally thanked her followers for the well wishes on Instagram following the gender reveal and explained how both her and Sam’s mother’s came up with the unique idea.

She said: “P.S for everyone asking our baby boy has two talented Nans… My mummy @karenangelatribble created the stunning baby reveal display and Sam’s mummy @paulamucklow came up with the beautiful vintage clothing rail, reveal idea with all those gorgeous clothes and baby bits. My dress is @ohpolly.”

In their gender reveal clip, which they shared on Instagram, Shelby asked everyone if they're ready, before they all count down in anticipation to find out what the sex of their unborn child is.

Clearly excited, the couple then crouch down to unzip the giant bag, which reveals a bunch of light and dark blue balloons.

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Shelby's baby bump style

Shelby joked that she’s “trying to be a MILF,” which stands for mum I’d like to f**k, during her pregnancy and has glowing photos of herself and her baby bump.

The mum-to-be Shelby wore a large straw sun hat and a blush pink bikini as she placed one hand on her growing baby bump with one hand and snapped a mirror selfie with her phone in another.

In another stylish snap, she opted for a skintight knitted green mini dress writing in the caption: "Suns out… bumps out."

And when she first announced her pregnancy the reality star sported a gorgeous white dress from Runaway which featured ruffled shoulders and a wrap style that covered her bump.

As well as rocking bikinis and dresses Shelby has opted to stay mostly comfortable in lockdown, as she sported a stone coloured co-ord while holding her growing bump in an Instagram Story.

Shelby suffers from pregnancy symptoms

Shelby opened up on her pregnancy and revealed that she is suffering from heartburn and swollen feet, amongst other things.

When Shelby reached the 27 week mark of her pregnancy she said although it may seem like she is having a very easy pregnancy, she had been suffering from side effects.

The star wrote: “27 weeks today. Although I may look glam and have had the best pregnancy you can wish for… the heartburn, swollen ankles/feet, back ache, leg cramps and chafing are all staring to play their parts.”

Billie Mucklow, who is pregnant with her third child, commented: “Haha welcome to my struggle……. “

Shelby and Sam go on a babymoon

Shelby and Sam jetted off for a summer holiday ahead of the arrival of their son. They shared snaps and video from a very sunny Puerto Santa Ponsa in Mallorca

The TV star shared off an impressive holiday wardrobe full of bikinis and stylish outfits as they soaked up the sun after months in lockdown.

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Shelby has two baby showers

The mum to be was showered with gifts from her family as she headed back to Plymouth to enjoy her baby shower.

Shelby’s mum Karen actually runs an events company, so was able to organise fabulous decorations including balloons in blue, white and grey.

The influencer and model took to Instagram to thank her mother for organising the event, writing: “So much fun celebrating our baby boy yesterday.

"Thank you so much to my mummy for organising and making my baby shower so special with your incredible balloon displays @allthatsparkles_events and to everyone who came to celebrate and spoilt me rotten. Thank you so much.’”[sic]

Shelby and her guests also played pin the dummy on the baby, among other party games.

For the event, the star wore a long white jumpsuit by Club L London, which featured wide-leg trousers and off-shoulder straps.

Shelby also enjoyed a second mini baby shower with her pals from Essex heading to Chigwell restaurant Melin ahead of her November due date.

She enjoyed a seriously tasty looking banquet of food and was showered with gifts and balloons by her pals at the intimate soiree and donned a black fitted jumpsuit for the occasion.

Shelby and Sam's gorgeous baby photoshoot

Former The Only Way Is Essex star Shelby stripped down to a white bra and flowing skirt for a stunning photoshoot as Sam appeared topless, cradling her baby bump with her.

Sam modelled nothing but a pair of black jeans as he proudly looked down at the belly carrying his first child.

Shelby posted the professional shot to her 434,000 Instagram followers, captioning the post: "How lucky am I. Thank you so much @tinyposers for capturing these beautiful shots you really are the best!"

Shelby counts down to birth after baby was in breech

The reality star has been enjoying a chilled time with her other half in her final weeks of her pregnancy after sharing snaps from a stunning photoshoot.

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She took to Instagram to share details on her final few weeks, revealing that her baby had been in the breech position until he'd turned himself around.

"Our baby boy was in the breech position up until yesterday after a check up where we were told that he has been a good boy and turned himself around (head down).

"Just under 4 weeks to go so it’s feeling very real now, super excited but not going to lie for the first time I’m a little nervous that he’s got to come out soon."

Shelby Tribble and Sam Mucklow announce birth of their son

Sam Mucklow announced that the his other half had welcomed their son in a lengthy post on his Instagram stories on Tuesday evening.

He sweetly called Shelby a "soldier", telling fans that her labour was not straightforward and that she has been in hospital for five days: "Thank you all for your lovely messages wishing @shelbytribble and myself good luck.

"So many beautiful people out there honestly overwhelming thank you all. Shelby and our beautiful baby boy are both well and healthy. Shelby didn’t have a straightforward labour so she has been in hospital for 5 days today!

"She has been a absolute soldier. Also need to thank all of the doctors, nurses, midwifes in antenatal, labour and postnatal at Queens hospital Romford. So many lovely staff we are so lucky to have the @nhsengland."

First look at Shelby and Sam's baby boy

Shelby shared a first glimpse of her newborn baby son after arriving home, with the tot seen lying in his dad's arms as Sam looks down at him, with a smile on his face.

Adding a Christmas feel to the picture, a heavily decorated tree, adorned with lights is pictured in the background.

"He's finally home having cuddles with his Daddy @sammucklow_," the new mum wrote.

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