Dani Dyer says hardman Danny 'can't stop crying' since becoming a grandfather and he's been 'so emotional'
DANI Dyer has revealed her dad Danny "can't stop crying" since becoming a grandfather as her baby Santiago makes him "emotional".
The 24-year-old new mum, who gave birth to her son alongside boyfriend Sammy Kimmence in January, explained dad Danny, 43, "didn't realise" the baby would mean so much to him.
Speaking to the Made By Mammas podcast, the former Love Island contestant revealed how becoming a grandad "hit" Danny hard.
"My dad didn't realise [what it would be like]. He has been so emotional around Santiago, the other day he was really crying," she explained.
"He went: 'I love babies, but your baby. I have never felt anything like it. I didn't think I'd feel like this'.
"He hasn't experienced being a grandad yet, I made him a first time grandad. It has hit him more now.
"He did see me pregnant and getting bigger but seeing me with the baby, it's like, 'this is real now'."
The reality star went on to describe how EastEnders star Danny was initially "shocked" by her and Sammy's baby news, which "was a random surprise".
"I think sometimes you talk about planning for a baby, but I am always quite secretive and keep things to myself," Dani continued.
"It wasn't that we weren't planning, I didn't want to tell my mum straight away but I did. I didn't want to tell dad until the scan."
She detailed how her mum has been equally smitten with the new addition to the family, with Dani called her "obsessed".
"The way she is with the baby is crazy," Dani joked. "I'm like, 'Mum, do you want to pop round?' and she is right round. She is obsessed with him."
Dani, who revealed she was pregnant with her first child last August, said the news came as a "surprise" to her and boyfriend Sammy, 24.
"I remember he was downstairs playing FIFA, and I was upstairs and thought, 'I'm just going to take a pregnancy test'," she recalled.
"I didn't even tell him I was going to take the test. I remember going, 'Baby, I'm pregnant' and he just ran and looked at me and was like, 'Really?'
"Since I was 16 I've been very maternal, so it was always if it happens, it happens. It wasn't a plan, but if we did fall pregnant it was fine.
Dani said she was "petrified" of everything for the first few months in her pregnancy, as she "struggled" with the transition into motherhood.
"I couldn't get out of bed and had a lot of aches and pains," she said of her early pregnancy. "I hated it. I constantly felt like something was wrong."
Dani's placenta formed at the front of her womb, meaning she couldn't feel the baby kick properly which made her "obsess" over Santiago's wellbeing.
"I was always worrying about the baby," she added. "But now he is here, I miss him being in my belly because I knew he was safe and protected in there.
"I've really got to protect him now. I've got to keep him alive. It's scary!"
Dani gave birth to Santiago in January, and required an emergency C-section despite planning to have "a natural birth".
"The umbilical cord was wrapped around him and I ended up having the emergency C-section which I really didn't want," she added.
"I felt like my body failed me. I was so upset with myself. I really beat myself up about it. I only started accepting it when I spoke about it and so many women related to it."
Now fully recovered after the surgery, Sammy and Dani have been raising their baby in lockdown, with the new mum praising her other half.
"He has been amazing, he sings to him – terribly – all the time," Dani detailed. "I think it’s just lovely. We are a little family now."
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