Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell welcomed her daughter on Sunday, May 14th, and has named the baby girl Bluebell Madonna. She weighed in at 5 lbs, 12 oz at birth. Geri, who will be raising the baby as a single parent, had previously mentioned that she would like to name the baby Stella if it was a girl. This is quite the change – her first and last names actually rhyme!
According to Geri, she chose the name because during the last weeks of her pregnancy, she saw bluebells everywhere during her walks in the park. Says Geri, "What clinched it for me was my mother telling me that the bluebell is increasingly rare – so it’s a precious flower, which seems just right for my daughter." She also cites Scarlett as a later-in-her-pregnancy name choice, as Scarlett O’Hara is "her fictional heroine."
The middle name was chosen to reflect the baby’s dramatic entry into the world. When the doctor pulled her out of Geri’s c-section incision, Bluebell had both arms in the air and was screaming her head off, "as if announcing to the world, ‘I’m here!’"
Geri describes the c-section procedure as "Not painful, but you can feel it. [It feels] like [they're] rooting around in a handbag."
As a reader at another board points out, many Brit celebrities name their children after flowers – Popppy, Daisy, Rose, and Lily, to name a few. Perhaps Geri is just continuing the tradition!
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