Jamie Heaslip opens up about his excitement at expecting his first child.
The former Ireland rugby player and his wife Sheena O’Buchachalla "are very excited" about welcoming their first child together.
Getting to grips with a tiny tot running around the house, Heaslip said to Evoke.ie that the prospect of becoming a dad, puts things into perspective.
“It’s real-world stuff. It puts a lot of things into perspective for you. Winning and losing a game, or not playing or getting selected all seems minuscule to being responsible for a human.”
The happy pregnancy news came in February, just weeks before Jamie publicly announced he was hanging up his rugby boots with his immediate retirement.
Time will get us all, but it's cornered me earlier than I hoped. Every professional sportsperson always hopes to be able leave their chosen sport on their terms but too often that’s not the case. I have had to take on board the medical advice that I have been given and after talking to Sheena and my family, I have taken the difficult decision to retire with immediate effect from playing rugby in order to ensure my future well being. I’m very proud to finish my career as a one club man having played amongst some of the best in the game, who are all like a family of brothers to me. My goal when I started my professional career 14 years ago was to leave the jerseys that I wore in a better place and I hope I have done that. Thank you to the IRFU, Leinster Rugby, all the coaches, medical staff,back room staff, sponsors, media, supporters and most importantly my wife, family , friends and fellow players for helping me to make my dreams come true. I’ve had the time of my life on and off the rugby pitch but now its time for the next chapter. Jamie
It doesn’t look like baby Heaslip will have to follow in dad’s footsteps into rugby, as Jamie emphasis that there will be no pressure on his child to play the sport.
“They can do whatever they want to do.”
“I played rugby, terrible hurling, not much better GAA, soccer… I was Naas international curbs champion.
Whatever the child wants to do – if it is the sports, arts, journalism whatever they want to do, more power to them,” he added.
The rugby star isn’t the only dad on the team, Johnny Sexton is expecting his third child with his wife Laura in August, and it seems that his teammates have shared their top tips on fatherhood with Jamie.
“It doesn’t just stop at teammates… everyone is full of “helpful” advice,” he joked.
“There are a lot of lads who are expecting, a lot of guys who have kids and it’s great seeing the way they are. I’m looking forward now to starting on that journey.”
The former number eight and his wife, Sheena have chosen to keep the details of the pregnancy private.
Which means they will keep us guessing when her due date is and the sex of the baby, as through a laugh Heaslip said:
“I’m not giving away any details.”