Craig Phillips and wife Laura reveal special meaning behind baby son Lennon’s name as they open up on ‘textbook perfect birth’

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Craig Phillips, 49, and his wife Laura, 33, have welcomed their second child into the world.

Speaking exclusively to OK!, the celebrity couple revealed that they named their adorable newborn son; Lennon Thomas.

When asked if the little one was inspired by singer John Lennon, Craig who was born in Liverpool replied saying: “Yes, I don’t think I’ve ever said it but I am a massive fan of John Lennon.”

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“My favourite song of all time is Imagine,” said Craig. “We picked the name months before he was born.”

“I think we’d even picked the name before Laura was pregnant the first time,” he continued. “We said if we ever had a boy one day we would call him Lennon.”

After becoming the first ever Big Brother winner, Craig married his wife Laura in 2018 and the pair welcomed their first child, Nelly, the following year.

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Laura also said she was keen to name their second baby something that reminded them of Liverpool.

“We wanted a name that even if we moved away from Liverpool,or he decided to move away, would always bring him back to his roots,” she said.

“I was desperate for a boy. His middle name is Thomas which was my [late] dad’s middle name,” Craig added. “It was a way of having my dad in there.”

The reality star went on to explain that Nelly’s middle name also has a special meaning to them.

“Nelly’s middle name is Janet and that was Laura’s mum’s name,” he revealed. “It’s only Laura’s dad who is still alive – the kids never got to meet their other grandparents, sadly.”

Born on 2 December at 5:41am and weighing 6lb 10.5oz, Craig and Laura admitted that they were feeling a little tired after Lennon's birth.

“He’s a cracking little thing but he’s not sleeping too good!” said Craig.

Laura added that the newborn phase is “relentless”, saying, “They’re constantly feeding and needing their nappy changed.”

However, according to the couple, they had a “textbook birth” with little Lennon.

“It was as good as a birth could go, really!” beamed Laura. “The first words from the midwife were, ’You are designed to birth children.’”

“It was textbook perfect – the nurses said they’d never seen anything like it,” said Craig. Are you ready for how long they put down Laura was in full-term labour for? Seven minutes.”

“Yes, for the second stage of labour. He pretty much flew out!” Laura finished. “Having two quite positive births has made me passionate about spreading the word that not all births have to be bad.”

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