Rocco really is a little chatterbox – every day he does something new

Hi guys,

I hope you have all had a lovely week?

I’m really enjoying the Winter Olympics and it was fantastic to see Lizzie Yarnold take Gold in the Skeleton and Jenny Jones take Britain’s first ever Olympic medal on snow. I also want to say a huge congratulations to Davina for completing her Sport Relief challenge last week. I seriously don’t know how she did it. Absolutely incredible…

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This week I’ve been in and out of meetings for work as well as trying out some new classes with Rocco. First off I tried ‘Tiny Talk’. This class encourages little ones to communicate using sign language that you demonstrate to them whilst singing songs. Many people swear by this. They say that it can help enormously before a baby is able to communicate through speech. For example if a baby can sign to ask for their milk/food, it is less frustrating for both the parent and child when previously they might have just cried. The idea is, at the end of the eight week course, your little one will have learnt a couple of the signs they will help them communicate to you. I really enjoyed the class probably more for the fact of meeting other mums and also seeing Rocco react to the other babies. If he can learn a few signs then great but if not then it doesn’t matter!

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My favourite class this week was ‘Waterbabies’. Alex and I have started a ten week course with Rocco and after the first session we were really impressed. I must admit I was a little nervous of the fact that you let your baby swim underwater but as we learnt, all babies are born with a gag reflex so until the age of 9 months they can hold their breath underwater. The aim of the class is to teach them to hold their breath as they get older and encourage them to be more confident in the water.

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What I particularly liked was the fact that the class was small. There were about ten other babies and the tuition from Carly our course teacher was brilliant. The pool was 34 degrees so it was nice and warm and after a 30 minute session Rocco was exhausted. I’m really excited to see how he develops over the next ten weeks. ‘Waterbabies’ run classes all over the country and you can find out more about classes local to your area on their website www.waterbabies.co.uk.

Rocco really is a little chatterbox – he is cooing lots and I think he looks a real cutie in his lovely collection of clothes from the online boutique Susie and Toto. It’s amazing how each day I notice that he is doing something new.

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On Friday I did a little bit of filming for Daybreak (which will be on in a couple of weeks). The weather was absolutely appalling and we had to film most of it inside. We were in a great location and I took loads of photos of the house as inspiration for our house renovation! I really feel for all the people who have been affected by the bad weather. It really is quite worrying and hopefully the rain and wind will let up soon. We are having a few issues ourselves because of the weather. Our builders are unable to carry out work on our house. Part of our renovation requires some of the roof to be stripped so we are having to wait until we have a few dry days.

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Let’s hope the sun shines soon – particularly for a wedding I am going to on Friday.

Until next week,

Laura xx

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