‘Our £1k Christmas lunch was a disaster – We walked out and got pizza,’ Shaughna says

Love Island fan-favourite Shaughna Phillips announced her pregnancy with her first child with partner Billy in October, sharing her excitement at embarking on the adventure of parenthood.

The 28 year old had come off the pill over the summer and fell pregnant just two months later, describing the moment she saw the positive test as an "out-of-body experience".

Since then, she's been dishing out all the brutal realities of being a soon-to-be-mother, talking about everything from her baby being in breech to her predictions on her unborn child's gender.

This week, Shaughna opens up on the disastrous Christmas lunch she spent with her family at a restaurant where the waiters "had no clue what was going on", the main course came with no side dishes and the manager cried.

In her exclusive OK! column, Shaughna gives fans and mothers-to-be her first hand, unfiltered experience…

Christmas disaster

For the first Christmas of my entire life, I didn't have roast potatoes. We booked this pub we've been to before as a family, it's really nice. We had to choose our meals eight weeks in advance and pay an £80 deposit. But from the get go it was a disaster.

We got there at about 1 o'clock and it took about an hour and a half for the tasters section of the five-course meal to come out. The waiters, who looked about 16 and as if they were plucked from off the street, had no clue what was going on. They kept asking us what we'd ordered, but it had been eight weeks – we couldn't remember! There were no menu cards in front of us either. At one point, soup came out of the kitchen and when we asked what kind if was, the waiters didn't know.

At quarter to four, I complained that we were still waiting for our main course. When it finally came out, it was just a plate of meat with no sides. I waited for some time and kept asking about the roast potatoes, carrots, Yorkshire puddings… but none of it came. We all had a slice of turkey each.

The manager eventually came over to ask if everything was okay, I said, 'No, not really'. She began crying. I felt so bad, I told her it's okay. But of course it wasn't. After seeing a mother and son get up and walk out after waiting half an hour for a bill that never came, we did the same. It was £100 a head and with the drinks, the bill would've been £1,300. We walked out without paying, we went home hungry. I got an email later with apology from the restaurant and my £80 deposit refunded. Billy and I ended up sharing a pizza for dinner that night.

It was my family's first time ever going out for Christmas. We've said never again. It wasn't worth it.

13 week countdown

I'm feeling more pregnant by the day. Thinking back to when I was three months along, I was so excited with this bump I probably didn't even really have. Now, I'm so pregnant.

My mom got me this little chalkboard for Christmas that says "13 weeks until we become mummy and daddy" – you can change the number on the board. The countdown for when the baby is here is terrifying. I told her, "I don't know if this is was a good idea" because every time I get up to make tea, I'm confronted with it.

The baby actually kicked my boob in the air the other day. I wasn't wearing a bra and the baby's foot must have been by my ribs. It kicked and my boob jolted! I told Billy and was like, "Do you understand what I'm saying? There's a human inside me kicking me from within!"

Special gift from baby

My mum got Billy and I little poems from the baby alongside bracelets that you make a wish on once it has worn down. The poem for me reads: "I wriggle and jiggle inside your tummy,

"I love you already my beautiful mummy, I can't wait to stroke my hand across your cheek,

"You will watch me grow week after week, Not long now mummy until you hold me close,

"Not long until we can touch nose to nose."

I only read it for the first time the other day because I thought I was going to cry over it. I can't read it!

My mum also got us a baby bag that Billy and I were thinking about buying. But every time we wanted to go for it, we thought about the house. Every penny is going towards that at the moment. But my mum must have overheard because she got it for us instead. It's really good quality and will last us for the next baby, too.

LA packing breakdown

We're going to Los Angeles in about two weeks, it's our last holiday before the baby comes. I ordered loads of clothes for this because I have no maternity wear for warmer weather. I had an absolute breakdown. It was not okay.

When you go on holiday, you pack your nicest clothes to look your best. I bought items I'd never normally buy – and I bought them with the purpose of being comfortable, not to necessarily look nice. I tried them on and I feel like I'm going to look frumpy. It was a bit of a shock to the system.

When I first booked these flights I wasn't pregnant and I had this plan of eating really good and carrying on with my PT. I had this vision of looking really cute when I go to LA. I still plan on it, but I can't dress like I used to at the moment. You realise your body is not what it used to be. It's not a bad thing, but it's just something you have to accept.

Pregnancy symptoms update

My heartburn has started dying down now. I'm not sure if it's the position my baby is in that's done the trick, but I haven't had it as much lately. But I have started experiencing really bad hip pain. I think it's just the weight of my bump. I always feel it when I turn on my other side while sleeping. It just kills me. I'm assuming it's going to get worse until the baby is here. I'm not looking forward to that!

Birthing plan

I want my mum and Billy to be my birthing partners, but I think my boyfriend may have a difficult time. I think he's just going to want to know when the baby's here rather than actually being in the delivery room with me.

He's one of those people who are actually squeamish around blood. There have been times before where I've had surgery and needed help, but he just couldn't do it.

I'll probably have his mum somewhere waiting just in case he goes down!


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