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Brooke Vincent and footballer boyfriend Kean Bryan, 24, are adjusting to life as a family of four, having recently welcomed their second son Monroe S J Bryan into the world on 4 May.
The couple’s eldest child Mexx, 18 months, is also getting used to life as a big brother and the Corrie actress says her two children's bond is getting stronger every day.
Speaking exclusively to OK!, the 28-year-old said: “As the days have gone on he’s making more of a friendship with him.”
Brooke also revealed Mexx has an adorable pet name for Monroe, who was born via C-section weighing 8lbs 1oz at St Mary’s Hospital.
She said: “He’s the first person he asks to see in the morning and he calls him, ‘Roe Roe’. But I have caught him trying to pinch him, so don’t take that as gospel!
“At first, when we came home, he was like, ‘Why is my mum with this baby?’ but now he’s realised he’s not going anywhere he is embracing the big-brother role. I love that they’ll always have each other.
“The night I went into labour I was putting Mexx to bed and I said, ‘Tomorrow mummy is going to hospital and I’m going to have a baby and you’ll become a big brother.’
"I started welling up and he cuddled me as if to say, ‘It’s going to be okay’ and then tapped my back.
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"I just had this moment of, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to have two children.’ I just sat on the landing and cried.”
The Coronation Street actress, who has been dating Sheffield United defender Kean for five years, also admitted she’s been suffering from her "biggest fear" – mum guilt.
She said: “I’ve had such mum guilt at times where I’m like, ‘Can I love them both the same? How am I going to split the love I have for Mexx?’ It’s bizarre the things you go through and you don’t know what’s normal to feel.
“My biggest fear is mum guilt and no one really mentions that to you when you’re having your second. I’ve been so worried about how it would affect Mexx as I didn’t want him to be sat at home bored.”
Despite the sleepless nights, Brooke revealed she’s making the most of the time when it’s just her and Monroe as she doesn’t have to worry that Mexx might get upset.
She added: “I like the night feeds as it’s just our time. Mexx isn’t around so I don’t feel guilty that I’m giving all my attention to Monroe.
“Breastfeeding was never something that came into it for me. I think a lot of people try to and then feel really deflated if they can’t, so I’ve always bottle fed.
“With breastfeeding I always feel people need to explain why they’re not and so many people make excuses about why they’ve stopped, like they’re guilty."
Read Brooke's full interview – and see the adorable snap from her family photoshoot – here.
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