Mike Tindall reveals how daughter Mia has adjusted to becoming a big sister

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  • Mike Tindall has revealed that his daughter Mia has adjusted well to their new member of the family after he and wife Zara Phillips welcomed their second child in June.

    The new dad is pleasantly surprised at how well the four-year-old is adapting to becoming a big sister, admitting Mia is ‘happy’ to have baby Lena Elizabeth in the family.

    ‘She is very happy to be a big sister, she is happy about that,’ the former rugby player revealed to Hello!

    The 39-year-old admitted that he and the Queen’s granddaughter didn’t even have to result to bribing Mia with presents from the new baby to help them bond.

    But luckily for Mia, friends and family didn’t forget about her when it came to buying Lena gifts.

    ‘We are lucky that people that have sent Lena a present have also thought about Mia, so she is getting stuff to open as well,’ he explained.

    Mike admitted that there has been a few ‘bad nights’ with the couple’s second child since her birth on June 18, but overall the whole family is coping well with Lena’s arrival.

    ‘We’re doing alright at the moment,’ he said. ‘We’ve had a couple of bad nights with her but otherwise she has started off strong.’

    Lena was born at Stroud Maternity Unit in Gloucestershire weighing 9 lbs 3 oz, the Palace revealed at the time.

    But it took nine days for the couple to announce her name, releasing a statement that read: ‘Zara and Mike Tindall have named their baby daughter Lena Elizabeth.’

    Zara Tindall

    Mike explained that the delay was simply because they ‘didn’t have a name ready.’

    He added: ‘We put together a list of names that we liked and that’s why it took a little bit of time to get to one that we both agreed [on] and liked.’

    The youngster is believed to be the heaviest royal baby in recent years; the record was previously held by Zara’s niece Savannah Phillips, who weighed 8lb 8oz when she was born in 2010.

    Mia weighed 7 lbs 12 oz when she was born in 2014, while all three of the Duchess of Cambridge’s children have weighed less than 9 lbs.