Australians coo over Kidman’s new babyAugust 7th, 2008 - 4:02 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 7 (DPA) Nicole Kidman’s hometown of Sydney was hoping Thursday for a glimpse of “four-weeker” Sunday Rose as friends and relatives gathered at the Hollywood actor’s harbourside home to greet the new baby and Kidman’s husband, Keith Urban. The family is returning to Australia for the first time since the July 7 birth in the United States.
“She looks like Keith. I think she does,” the 41-year-old Oscar-winner told a local radio station in a breakfast-time telephone interview. “She’s got a little bit of hair. It’s a bit of a reddish tint.”
Kidman, who flew in by private jet Wednesday from Nashville, Tennessee, is a natural red-head who now chooses to be a blond.
Fellow Australian Urban, blond by birth, raved over his “little four-weeker” and publicly joined the ranks of doting new dads.
“Anybody out there who’s got kids (knows) it’s just a certain kind of feeling that you can only experience when you do it,” the 40-year-old country crooner said. “I’m not looking forward to having to go on tour and having to leave.”
Kidman, who will complete work on Baz Luhrmann’s feature film Australia while in Sydney, said she had a “surprisingly” easy birth.
Her New Zealand-born husband, mother and sister were at her bedside in Nashville.
“They say a lot of it has to do with how your sister and your mother gave birth, so luckily my sister’s had four children, … and that was pretty easy for her, too,” Kidman said. “My mum was a nurse, too, and also she’s a midwife.”
The couple pleaded for privacy.
“Keith and I are both appealing to the press and stuff just to give us a little space so we can walk around Sydney and show the baby our town,” Kidman said. “She’s tiny, she’s like a doll, she’s like a little, little thing. Just (don’t poke cameras) right in her face or in our faces because it’s scary for her.”
Urban said that he understood the media interest - local paparazzo Peter Carrette said the first good shot of Sunday Rose could sell for 5 million US dollars - “but at the same time it’s our little girl.”
“Sometimes when people come right up in your face, and you think: ‘Good God, would you do that to anybody else’s child?’ That’s all.”
No photographs of the babe have been released, and Urban confirmed that the couple had no intention of selling any images.
Playing aristocratic cattle rancher Lady Sarah Ashley in soon-to-be released Australia may have prompted Kidman to splash $6 million on a cattle ranch 150 km south-west of Sydney.
The 1878 two-storey residence was just the sort of place that Lady Sarah inherited in the storyline of the epic romance, in which Kidman stars alongside Hugh Jackman. The 45-hectare spread in Sutton Forest, which has 10 marble fireplaces, would be a good place for the couple to hide from prying cameras.
Kidman has two other homes in Sydney. The Nashville-based couple are building a palatial family home in the country music world capital. They also recently bought a house in Los Angeles.
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