KATE Ferdinand has returned to social media for the first time since giving birth to her baby son last week.
The new mum, 29, took to her Instagram story to pay tribute to her “special” friend Hayley on her birthday.
Kate Ferdinand returned to Instagram today for the first time since giving birth[/caption]
Sharing two pictures of them laughing together, Kate wrote: “We all love you very much. Thank you for being you x.”
The former Towie star delivered an early present for the Ferdinand family as she gave birth to her son just days before Christmas.
Pals said the couple were “over the moon” about the arrival of the tot – whose name has yet to be disclosed.
A friend added: “The birth of their baby is the best Christmas present Kate, Rio and their family could have asked for.
“It’s going to be more magical than ever.
The star posted this picture days before she gave birth to her first child[/caption]
“Mother and baby are doing great and everyone is excited about the latest addition to the family.”
Kate and Rio revealed their happy baby news in June this year and has kept fans posted with her preparations – and growing baby bump.
She recently revealed that she was ready for hospital, posting a picture of a neatly-packed bag – complete with a selection of crisps for Rio.
Kate is currently step mum to Rio’s children Tia, Tate and Lorenz, whose mother Rebecca died of breast cancer in 2015 aged 34.
This will be football legend Rio’s fourth child[/caption]
Kate is yet to announce her happy news on social media[/caption]
She announced the pregnancy news to them in a video that quickly went viral where they were secretly filmed leafing through a family photo album.
The last page read: “Now for the next chapter, guess what?” – before Kate said: “I’m pregnant.”
The children were shown jumping around in shock, as Kate stood up to show off her small bump saying: “Have you not noticed guys?”
She and Rio married in a lavish cereomy in Turkey in September 2019 surrounded by almost 200 friends and family, including his three kids.
Kate has previously spoken movingly about taking on the role of step-mother to Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12 and Tia, nine.
His eldest son’s walked Kate down the aisle at their lavish wedding ceremony in Turkey.
She’s already a step mum to Rio’s three kids[/caption]
Speaking about Kate coming into his children’s lives, Rio said at the time: “I wasn’t open to bringing anyone in to be step-mum to my kids…
“Meeting Kate changed everything and sometimes it’s just fate.”
Speaking about their romance, Kate said she knew Rio was the man for her the moment they met.
She said: “Rio and I just clicked.
“I knew about the children and what had happened but at first I didn’t give it much thought.
When you meet someone you’re just enjoying the moment, not thinking about how serious things might become.’
The Ferdinands are now a family of six[/caption]
“I fell in love with Rio, then I met the kids and fell in love with them. I realised, ‘Wow, my life is going to change’. I couldn’t be part of his life and not part of theirs.
“I knew it would be a challenge, but if you love someone you go with it and deal with the difficult stuff.”
Kate and Rio revealed they were expecting their first child with a heart-warming video featuring Lorenz, Tate and Tia in June.
The couple filmed the moment they told them, with the kids jumping for joy as they sat around the kitchen table.
Kate and Rio have welcomed a baby boy[/caption]
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Kate had suffered with morning sickness at the start of her pregnancy but told her Instagram followers she was feeling well in pictures posted this week.
During a question and answer session with fans, Kate said: “I’m surprisingly not feeling too bad the last few weeks.
“I’m tired but have been feeling much better.”