Controversial ‘mummy blogger’ Abby Gilmore has given birth to her third child, a boy named Mason James Wellington.
It’s the first baby for Abby and boyfriend Leighroy Wellington, after she welcomed two children with her ex-partner Jake Stringer before their split in August 2016.
The 26-year-old former WAG announced Mason’s arrival on Monday night, sharing several photos to Instagram of herself in hospital after the delivery.
‘I’m so in love with you, my little man’: Former WAG Abby Gilmore has welcomed her third child with boyfriend Leighroy – three years after her bitter split with Essendon star Jake Stringer
In one black and white image, Abby looked radiant cradling the newborn in her arms alongside Leighroy and her two older children, Arlo and Milla.
She wrote in the caption: ‘So today at 3:03pm, one day before his induction date our little man Mason decided to come on his own terms and complete our family.
‘I am so in love with you my little man, you have one proud Daddy and some very loving sisters.’
Leighroy also shared his own photo with the newborn, alongside the caption: ‘Welcome to the world Mason James Wellington. Born 3.03pm weighing 3.78kg.’
‘Abby, you’re a superstar love you,’ he added.
Abby first announced her pregnancy in January, uploading a photo to Instagram of herself and Leighroy posing with ultrasound scans.
‘Pssst! Guess what, in 20 weeks time I get to watch the light of my life become a daddy “for real”, as Milla likes to say, and we just can’t wait!’ she wrote at the time.
Abby and Leighroy, who regularly document the ups and downs of their lives on Instagram, have been dating for around two years.
Since the early days of their relationship, Leighroy has taken on a stepfather role to his girlfriend’s two children: Arlo and Milla.
Modern family: Since the early days of their relationship, Leighroy has taken on a stepfather role to his girlfriend’s two children: Arlo and Milla. Pictured in December 2018
Abby split from her childhood sweetheart, footy star Jake Stringer, in acrimonious circumstances in August 2016.
She later made extraordinary claims about Jake in a tell-all interview with the Herald Sun, which afterwards employed her as a columnist and podcast host.
Abby’s social media posts, which include daily videos of her sometimes chaotic personal life, have earned her a dedicated following in the mummy blogosphere.
Break-up: Abby split from childhood sweetheart Jake Stringer in acrimonious circumstances in 2016. Pictured during a Western Bulldogs training session in Melbourne in 2016
While the comments on her photos are generally supportive, she also has her fair share of detractors.
Abby has been criticised on websites such as Gomiblog, a forum dedicated to discussing bloggers and influencers, for her parenting style and ‘oversharing’ private details of her life.
In September 2018, she made headlines when she appeared to take a swipe at her ex by cropping him out of a photo taken at the 2015 Brownlow Medal.
Doting father: Jake is pictured with his children Arlo and Milla at an Essendon game at the MCG in Melbourne in June 2018. He shares custody of the girls with his ex-girlfriend Abby
‘Just your yearly reminder that I was fortunate enough to attend [the Brownlow] once,’ she captioned her post shared to Instagram.
‘I walked in matching the tablecloths and never got to redeem myself ever again.’
In another controversy, she was accused of plagiarism by ABC’s Media Watch relating to a column she wrote which borrowed several quotes from author Tim Winton without attribution.
Since splitting with Jake, Abby has made a living as an Instagram influencer and by running self-improvement workshops for women.
‘I was fortunate enough to attend once’: In late 2018, Abby made headlines when she appeared to take a swipe at Jake by cropping him out of a photo taken at the 2015 Brownlow Medal
In 2017, she underwent breast augmentation after finding herself unhappy with her appearance following the births of Arlo and Milla.
‘Breast surgery was never something I seriously considered until I noticed my body change after having my two girls,’ she told Kidspot at the time.
‘I loved that every bit of me that changed, except my boobs. I have curves I love, wide hips that carried my babies safely in there, but I now have boobs that look nothing like they used to.’
Meanwhile, Jake – who previously played for the Western Bulldogs from 2013 to 2017 – spoke to Fox Footy in April 2018 about overcoming the tumultuous period of his life following his split with Abby.
‘I’m really happy with where I’m at with my life. My kids have played a massive part in that, and my mum and dad, and Taylor [McVeigh, his girlfriend],’ he said.
‘Those were the ones who were always holding me up. They made me push forward to where I am now.’