Happy 15th birthday Poppy Oliver! Proud parents Jamie and Jools Oliver have posted the sweetest photos on Instagram, wishing their eldest child a happy birthday. The TV chef wrote a sweet tribute to his first-born daughter, sharing a throwback photo of Poppy as a newborn. “Today 15 years ago this happened!” Jamie wrote, reminiscing on the day he became a father. “Best day of my life! Happy Birthday Poppy Oliver! What a beautiful person you have grown into. I'm so proud of you and the woman you have become big love and have a fantastic day daddy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.”
His wife Jools took to her Instagram account, sharing a more recent photo of her beautiful daughter. The doting mum, who gave birth to her and Jamie’s fifth child last summer, wrote: “Happy happy birthday Pops 15 and we couldn't be prouder ❤ the moment you helped welcome your baby brother in to the world we love you so much.” In the photo, Poppy was seen cradling her then-newborn brother, River Rocket, who was born in August.
Jamie shared a throwback photo from the day he became a dad
The teenager and her sister Daisy, 13, were allowed into the delivery room when their mum was giving birth, and Poppy was given the all-important task of cutting the umbilical cord. Announcing the birth of his fifth child on Facebook, Jamie revealed that his two eldest daughters were present. "He arrived safely, mum@joolsoliver was really really amazing, unbelievably composed, natural birth and my two eldest girls got to come in at the very end as the baby was born which was amazing to witness very very emotional,” Jamie wrote.
Poppy helped deliver her baby brother River
After receiving backlash from some fans, Jamie defended his decision, saying: “It’s only controversial to really strange people! It was the right age for them, the right scenario for us, and I witnessed their initial raw emotion as the little one was handed to them. I know they respect their mum now even more than they already did.” He added to Good Housekeeping magazine: “It was an idea from mum and the kids, and we gave it lots of thought. As soon as the baby was out and safe, we got the nod – Poppy cut the umbilical cord! We gave it lots of thought.”