Emma Bunton

'Baby Spice' Emma Bunton Welcomes a Son

08/10/2007 at 10:00 AM EDT

'Baby Spice' Emma Bunton Welcomes a Son
Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton
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Emma Bunton, a.k.a. "Baby Spice," has become a mother for the first time – of a boy named Beau, PEOPLE has confirmed.

Beau, which in French means "beautiful," was born on Friday at 11:12 a.m. and weighed a healthy 7 lbs., 15oz. – the same birth weight as his father, Bunton boyfriend Jade Jones, according to Bunton's London rep, Alan Edwards.

Speaking outside London's Portland Hospital, Jones said: "He is absolutely brilliant, and both baby and Emma are doing fine. In fact Emma is tucking into some flapjacks and Coca-Cola as we speak."

The new father added, "We are both absolutely delighted and can't wait to take Beau home."

Jones, 27, is a former member of the British boy band Damage. He and Spice Girl Bunton, 31, have been together for eight years and moved into a five-bedroom home in her native north London in 2005.

Motherhood for the youngest of the reunion-bound five-piece has been difficult to achieve.

In 2000, Bunton had to have pre-cancerous cells removed from her cervix. Last year, she revealed she'd been diagnosed with endometriosis, a painful condition in which the lining of the uterus begins growing in other areas of the body, making it difficult to conceive.

Less than two months ago, Bunton told PEOPLE: "I'm getting a little feisty now that I am pregnant."

Bunton has a tattoo of "Baby" on her body but refuses to reveal its location – apart from denying she sits on it.

"I guess I will be handing over the 'Baby' tag now to a deserving little new owner," Bunton said in a statement in January, when she first announced her pregnancy.

In all, there are now seven Spice Kids: "Posh" Victoria Beckham has three sons; "Scary" Melanie Brown has two daughters; and "Ginger" Geri Halliwell has a daughter. That leaves only "Sporty" Melanie Chisholm waiting to enjoy Spice mommy hood.

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