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With a sweet family snap to mark the announcement of their latest pregnancy, Joe Swash and Stacey Solomon look the definition of bliss, posing in the garden of their dream home.

The mum-of-three shared the happy news that she is expecting her second child with fiancé Joe by posting an adorable group picture of herself, the former Eastenders actor and her three sons to her 4.5 million Instagram followers.

As the Solomon-Swash household is set to grow bigger with a new baby on the way, we take a look at the love story of the reality TV stars and their dream life living at 'Pickle Cottage'.

The cute couple are set to welcome their second child together after announcing Stacey's pregnancy on social media.
(Image: Instagram)

Love at first sight

The cute couple first met back in Australia thanks to reality TV show I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Joe, who was crowned King of the Jungle in 2008, was hosting a spin-off show for the hit reality TV show when his future fiancèe was a guest the following year. The pair hit it off and became good pals.

In 2010, the Loose Women presenter returned Down Under and matched her partner's success in the jungle, winning her series too and being crowned champion.

The would-be couple met while appearing together on I'm a Celebrity: Extra Camp
(Image: ITV)

However, while the actor has since admitted he fancied his wife-to-be when he first set eyes on her, both were in relationships with other people and things wouldn't turn romantic for a few more years.

Instagram official

In 2016, the couple sparked rumours their friendships had blossomed into something more serious as they were both snapped walking arm-in-arm together in Essex.

Just a month later, Stacey made things social media official – sharing a cute snap of the Dancing on Ice star with some flowers to her Instagram page.

Speaking to The Mirror at the time, she said: "It's going really well… We're having fun, spending time together and getting to know each other."

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Baby talk

Despite only officially being together for eight months, things were clearly moving fast for the loved-up pair. In August 2016, Stacey revealed the pair had already discussed having babies together while appearing on an episode of ITV show Loose Women.

The 31-year-old was already a mother to two sons from previous relationships while Joe was a father to a child from his time with ex-fiancée, Emma Sophocleous.

Moving in together

In October 2018, the former X Factor contestant shared the news with her fans that boyfriend Joe had moved into her home with her two sons.

Joe and Stacey moved in together back in 2018.
(Image: Stacey Solomon/Instagram)

The TV personality captioned a sweet snap on her Instagram page: "'HOME SWEET HOME. Finally all in and ready to start afresh together. If you're wondering what's going on here… We are eating a Chinese out of random Christmas dishes, using our hands, whilst sat on washing baskets and cardboard boxes eating off a cat basket. Nothing to see here…'

Baby Rex arrives

Three years after becoming an official couple, Stacey and Joe announced they were expecting their first child together.

In a heartwarming Instagram post, the 39-year-old actor shared a cute picture of his pregnant girlfriend napping, captioned: "Have been driving myself mad thinking that she's bored senseless of me and can't stand to be awake for longer than 10 minutes of my company… So you can imagine my delight to find out that she still loves me and my company very much she's just been growing a baby."

Rex was the first child for Stacey and Joe together.

On Thursday 23rd May, Stacey and Joe welcomed a Rex Toby Francis Swash into the world.

Joe pops the question

After a year of lockdown, Stacey and Joe ended 2020 on a high by announcing their engagement on Christmas Eve.

The 31-year-old shared an adorable photo of her ring on Instagram, revealing Joe had proposed to her during a walk with the boys. She told her followers: "To the moon and back bub. I have no words" before sharing a video of the cute moment a few days later.

Fans were thrilled for the TV presenter when she announced her engagement to Joe at the end of 2020.
(Image: Instagram)

During an appearance on Celebrity Juice in May 2021, Joe told viewers the funny mix up that almost occurred when he got down on one knee.

After laying flowers down in the woods for his wife-to-be before the proposal, he revealed that Stacey had confused the arrangement for a memorial.

" She saw the flowers and she went, 'Aww I think someone's died over there.' Coz it was all white flowers and I went to her, 'Oh come let's have a look, pay some respects'" he confessed on the ITV show.

Dream home

In March 2021, just months after announcing their engagement, the reality TV duo purchased their 'dream forever home' which they lovingly dub 'Pickle Cottage'.

The couples Essex home is sweetly referred to as 'Pickle Cottage'
(Image: Instagram)

Stacey's Instagram followers have enjoyed her updates and stories as she shares progress of her renovations to the £1.2 million Essex pad.

The couple had planned to tie the knot in the garden of their dream home in the summer of this year but the singer revealed not everything was going to plan.

Speaking to Closer earlier this year, the pregnant star confessed her wedding plans had hit a stumbling block.

"At this rate it will be just me, Joe, my family and the rabbi in the garden – no food, no disco, nothing!" Stacey told the magazine.

Baby number 2 announced

On Wednesday 9 June, Stacey shared the wonderful news she was pregnant with her and Joe's second child.

Sharing the announcement on her Instagram stories, the Loose Women panellist wrote: "Sorry I’ve been so quiet… but we have something we are excited to share with you… I feel so nervous for so many reasons…"

Stacey Solomon showed that they had a few negative tests before getting a positive.

The pregnant star also sadly confessed that they had almost given up on adding to their brood, as she revealed they suffered the heartbreak of a miscarriage before her fourth pregnancy.

She added: "For a really long time we’ve been trying for another pickle… It didn’t work out and this was out news quite a few times…

"We decided we were so lucky already to have our boys.

"It is our biggest privilege in life and we are so grateful to be parents so we stopped trying and counted ourselves so so so blessed already…"

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Stacey continued to say that her and Joe were upset as they had previously suffered heartbreak but their fortunes began to change.

She wrote: "For a while now I’ve felt so yuck and even though I thought about what it felt like I didn’t even want to go and check at first because well, just because, you know (I don’t even like to write it).

"But yesterday we went to check what was going on… And we were so grateful to hear an extra heartbeat my tummy…"

Stacey said it was a joyous moment as she continued on her Instagram Story: "We honestly couldn’t believe it!

"So we told the boys and we’ve spent yesterday and today finishing the Wendy house ready to welcome a new pickle into our lives…"