An epic month on The Jump, baby Rocco and Davina McCall

I’m finally back in the UK after an epic month…

Well after what seems like forever, and much to Alex’s delight, baby Rocco and I are now back in the UK. The Jump has finished and I can honestly say I’ve had one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve made some amazing new friends and even though some of the Olympic disciplines I competed in terrified me, I feel extremely fortunate that I’ve had the opportunity to try them and was coached by the best! Of course, I have to say a big congratulations to Joe McElderry who won the show… He was a complete natural and is such a lovely down-to-earth guy. Now that the show is over, it’s great watching the winter Olympics and seeing some of our trainers presenting in Sochi. It just makes me appreciate my experience even more.

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One of the friends I made while competing in the show was Kelly Simpkin. Kelly is a fashion designer and celebrity hairdresser. She also happens to be Nicky Clarke’s girlfriend. Kelly always looks fabulous and wears a lot of her own designs. Her label She Wears a Crown is beautiful and definitely worth a look!

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Rocco is now three months old and I feel like he is becoming an extremely sociable baby. He has spent almost half of the first part of his life in Austria having lots of cuddles with all the other celebrity contestants on The Jump as well as the show’s host Davina McCall. Davina is a real inspiration to me, not only is she a working mum, but the Sport Relief challenge she is embarking on is so extreme it makes ski jumping look easy. Davina had to helped out of the water after a gruelling one-and-a-half mile swim in Lake Windermere. It looks like she is doing okay now, thankfully. Davina is amazing, so I am sure she will do well.

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While I was in training in Austria, I started reading to Rocco every day as well as playing him lots of French nursery rhyme videos. I’m really keen for him to be able to speak some other languages as well as English. I spent a fair bit of time with Sinitta whose children are fluent in French, and it was incredible hearing them speak to Rocco. A lot of people keep telling me babies are like sponges so the earlier I can start speaking other languages with him the better. Now that I am home I want to take him to a few classes too. I want to try Sing and Sign and Water Babies. Watch this space…

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Now I am back home, our house renovation is well underway. Our new windows are installed and our planning permission has been approved – now the real work begins!

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This week I have several meetings as well as filming for Daybreak. Rocco has his Sing and Sign class on Wednesday so I’ll let you know what it’s like!

Have a great week…

Laura xxx

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