A visit to the baby show followed by a worrying scan…

Last week it was a real treat to visit The Baby Show at London’s Excel with my Mum and Rocco.

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(Snug and cosy on the train)

Travelling up to town on the train with Rocco, snug and cosy in the I-Candy Raspberry was a breeze. The pushchair is light and the extra hidden storage unit at the front was useful for my bits and pieces.

Travelling on the tube however is NOT an experience I wish to repeat! It had nothing to do with the pushchair at all, it was just an incredibly tough journey because people pushed in front, they didn’t leave any space for me to fit in and at one point the doors started to close as I was trying to get on the tube and two men had to hold them back…It wasn’t even rush hour. It was a very stressful journey.

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Anyway, I made it to The Baby Show in the end and it was worthwhile especially when I got to see Rocco enjoying himself playing at the Pirates play area on the Tommee Tippee stand. I treated him to one of their new active sippee cups which he has already become quite attached to and can proudly say the word ‘Cup’!

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It’s quite overwhelming at exhibitions like this because there is so much choice and it’s hard to know where to start… Because this is my second baby I’m already a fan of a few products but it’s always nice learning about new ones and testing them to see how products compare.

First of all I bumped in to a few of the lovely ladies from Baby Bjorn. Although they didn’t have a stand at the exhibition, they were there visiting too and checking out what else was on offer. I’ve been using the Baby Bjorn high chair with Rocco everyday for some time now and if you looking for something simple, easy to clean but minimalistic in its design, this is the chair for you. Rocco has all his meals in this chair and I also let him do arts and crafts and painting whilst he it sat in it too. Below is one of my favourite photos of him recently – I particularly like his red streak in his hair!

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It was also really nice to catch up with some people from Maxi Cosi. They were telling me all about “i-Size” which is the name of a new European safety regulation that affects car seats for children under 15 months of age. It only came into effect on July 9th 2013 and provides extra protection in several ways…

1. Improved protection at higher forces from side & front impact and a much better protection of head and neck
2. Rearward faced travelling mandatory up to 15 months old
3. i-Size also requires Isofix, which has less chance of being incorrectly used than belted car seats
4. i-Size car seats will fit all Isofix cars
5. Length classification fro easier choosing the right car seat, similar to clothing sizes

Maxi Cosi aren’t saying you need to upgrade your existing car seat but ultimately we all want our children to be as safe as possible when we are travelling in a car don’t we?

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They are currently the only company offering this kind of car seat and its crazy that is has all changed since Rocco was born. I haven’t upgraded my car seat yet but I’m looking in to it for the newborn.

It was really lovely looking at the I-Candy stand. Visually it looked amazing. Their prams and pushchairs make me think of the car brand Mini; cool, sleek, and they can be custom built! They have a new range of changing bags out (that have been designed by someone who works for Mulberry), and they also have a new range out blankets out too which look gorgeous. I’ve now ordered my I-Candy Peach pram which I will be using with both Rocco and the new baby and I can’t believe I only have 10 weeks to go…

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With not long left, my check ups at the hospital are more frequent. In my last appointment I had a bit of a scare. Basically when the midwife measured my bump (taking my fundal measurement) it only measured 23cm instead of 29cm. A lot of people have been commenting that my bump seems quite small for how far along i am, and I oddly I did mention in my last blog I have put on a lot less weight during this pregnancy compared to first time round… As you can imagine I was really shocked and worried at hearing this news from the midwife. She told me I had to book in an urgent growth scan and see a consultant immediately because the baby might not be growing properly. She suggested there could be a problem with the placenta or simply the baby might be in a funny position, nothing could be confirmed until they could look at the scan. The next 24 hours were horrible.

Alex took the afternoon off and attended the appointment with me. We were so relieved when the sonographer informed us that everything was absolutely fine. The baby’s measurements were all of average size, the placenta was functioning normally and it was just a measurement error. The worry was over…

As a parent you never stop worrying but at least it’s reassuring to know everything is as it should be for now and fingers crossed the last trimester isn’t too tough.

I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever you have planned.

Laura xxx

Your emails…

Hi Guys,

Hope you are all well and you are having a good week?

I have around 10 weeks left to go now until baby number two arrives and so far in this pregnancy I have put on less weight than I did first time round. With Rocco I put on almost 4 stone which seems like a lot, but at the moment, I’m no way near that, although if I’m honest I try not to weigh myself because ultimately as long as the baby is healthy that is all that matters. I know I’ve put less weight because I am not snacking as much as I did with Rocco and unlike when I was pregnant with him, I have a toddler to run around after and he certainly keeps me on my toes. I’m suffering with heart burn and an acid taste in my mouth in the evenings and I’m avoiding eating late because as soon as I lay down I feel sick. Whilst feeling the baby kick is an amazing feeling, being pregnant certainly is tough sometimes.

I’m filming too and I thought you might find this photo amusing which I took ok location last week… On a building site but still trying to be glam!

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So, in this week’s blog I wanted to answer someone your questions…occasionally I get emails through my website asking me about property, interior design, parenting, my beauty regime and where a particular outfit is from that I wore on screen or at an event. Last week I got an email from a lady called Kelly who wanted to know about the makeup I use and if I use a particular face cream. First I just wanted to say thank you to Kelly who said my skin always looks flawless! That is very kind… One of the advantages during pregnancy for me is that I seem to have good skin. When I was pregnant with Rocco my skin was flawless and everyone said I was having a boy…my skin is really clear now, so maybe it’s another boy? No Kelly, I’m not telling you to get pregnant so you can have good skin… I do in fact use a variety of products and I am happy to share those details with you…

As many of you know I generally spend a lot of time abroad with work or outside in the element because my TV work is location based. My skin gets really dry and dehydrated so I drink as much water as I can throughout the day and I always take my make up off each night. I avoid face wipes after I was told off by my make up artist Jo Adams. The day before my wedding she told me they are the worst thing for drying out your skin because of their alcohol content. I got a slapped wrist and haven’t touched them since! I now cleanse, tone and moisturise each night.

There are so many skincare ranges out there so it’s all about finding the one that suits your skin best. I’m currently a big fan of the Rodial skincare range which smells amazing. Don’t be put off by the quirky names of the products because their ‘dragons blood hyaluronic moisturiser’ is lovely. It’s light, non greasy and is a really nice product to hydrate and tone the face.

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Rodial also have their own make up range so I have started to use their ‘instaglam skin tint’, a tinted moisturiser with SPF. I also like using their concealer pen to brighten any darkness under my eyes. Both products are nice and light and can be set with Rodials fixing powder. www.rodial.co.uk

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The other skincare range I like it AEOS. This range is completely organic natural with no toxic chemicals or synthetics. I absolutely love their ‘Cleansing Oil De-Maq’ and their ‘Refreshing Hydrating Mist’. I didn’t know much about them until recently but they have won a lot of awards and their website has some great information about the products www.aeos.net.

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So on to hair and makeup… I’m pretty rubbish when it comes to looking after my hair. I try to get it cut every 8 weeks but it doesn’t happen often. When I get the chance I go to FOUR London in Conduit Street. The salon is gorgeous and I’m always happy with my cut and blow dry. Much like my skin, my hair gets dry so I use http://www.moroccanroots.com/ Organic Argan Oil that I rub in to the ends before I dry it. You only need a small amount of this product for it to go along way. I also like using Bumble and Bumble’s thickening serum because when I’m not pregnant my hair is generally quite fine and thin and this really helps.

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I wear a fair bit of MAC make up on screen. Their studio sculpt foundation is quite thick in its consistency but it is great for staying put when filming in the sunshine. Ruby Woo is my favourite matt lipstick and I am often seen wearing out and about. I finish off my brows using my billion dollar brow pencil.

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The other two products I use regularly and love are for my hands. The elemis pro collagen hand cream whic is non greasy (and I find most hand creams are) so I totally recommend this one. However a great alternative is Calgels version ‘Calbrook’. Again it’s non greasy and priced at £8.00 it’s a great product and gives the Elemis hand cream a run for its money.
Hopefully that has answered some of your beauty questions. I really love hearing from you so please always feel free to get in touch and ask away!

That’s it from me for now. Rocco and I are off to The Baby Show at The Excel… Better dash…

Laura xxx

Pregnancy Pampering, Wintery boots and preparing for an at home shoot

Hi All,

I hope you have all had a fantastic week? Last week I thoroughly enjoyed some much needed pregnancy pampering. It’s so important when you are pregnant to take care of yourself, not only do you need to eat and drink well but you should treat yourself to spa days, massages and facials. On Tuesday I visited Nutfield Priory in Surrey. The spa/hotel is less than 30 minutes from where I live and is part of the www.handpickedhotels.co.uk collection. A couple of my friends got married at the hotel a few years ago and it’s a beautiful venue. The spa pamper day started with a little tour of the facilities. I then enjoyed some time by the pool and managed to take some time out in the relaxation room before my 25 minute neck, back and shoulder massage. My pamper day included a two course lunch too which was excellent value at £75.00. If you are thinking of visiting this spa/hotel, I throughly recommend sampling the afternoon tea in the main hotel next door. The building is beautiful and the tea and cake is pretty nice too – bump certainly appreciated it!

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My second pampering fix was when I attended the press day for ‘The Dermatude Treatment’ by Elizabeth Caroline from Nouveau Beauty group in Harley street. This treatment is a non-invasive and it works by making invisible micro-perforations into the upper layer of the skin without causing any pain to the client – therefore no downtime after the treatment. As a result, the skin becomes firmer and regains its elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, pores become finer, circulation is stimulated and the overall condition of the skin improves.

Although I couldn’t actually try the treatment because of my pregnancy, Elizabeth did treat me to a lovely pregnancy pampering facial and my skin was glowing. You can find out more here www.dermatude.co.uk

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After my few days of pampering were over I headed to Crawley to film on Thursday. When it started to snow, I was extremely pleased to be wearing my new purchase from www.siberianchic.com. Not only were uber warm, they looked good as new when I cleaned them after they got covered in mud and brick dust after being on a building site. They are the perfect boot to wear during pregnancy because they are incredibly supportive and its not often that both function and fashion are words that are combined when discussing footwear.

Sandie Chapman owner of Siberian Chic has managed to combine both with her range of must have winter footwear, (though the fashion conscious may end up wearing them year round). The soles have a special C ring which is adjusted to give additional grip on icy surfaces which is fantastic and Sandie has very kindly offered me a discount code to pass on to you of 30% off. All you have to do is enter LHSC15 at the checkout so fill your boots!

So with not long to go we are at the exciting stage of decorating a new ‘boys’ bedroom for Rocco, as the newborn will go in to his old bedroom ‘the nursery’ – which is pretty neutral and has a white woodland scene effect on the walls (that will work given we don’t know if we are having a boy or girl!)

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I’ve got a few ideas about what I want to do with Rocco’s bedroom including having a teepee made for him. I met an amazing lady and fellow mum (Effie) from the company www.justfortinypeople.com who is designing something for him. Effie appeared on Dragons Den a little while ago and is currently working on a new website which looks amazing. Some of the things she sells are unique, like the ‘plumfy’ and I can’t wait to see the finished teepee that is made for Rocco. I’ve also ordered his first toddlers bed from Mothercare and I am going to paint it so it is bespoke. We have a photoshoot at our house with ’25 beautiful homes’ in March so I am hoping to get his new bedroom finished by then and then I can share some photos with you.

The rest of the house is coming together with more interior bits and pieces. I learnt a new skill of hanging wallpaper whilst filming ‘cowboy builders’ last week so Alex and I wallpapered a feature wall in our family room at the weekend! Check it out below…

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Finally I couldn’t finish this week’s blog without saying a massive congratulations to Joey Essex who was crowned champion on the 2015 series of The Jump. I loved every minute of the show when I took part last year and watching it this year was just as enjoyable. It was so nice to see a non athlete win. Sitting at the top of the jump is terrifying and all the celebrities did so well but Joey Essex certainly pulled it out of the bag on the night!

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I’m off to film in Wales now. Have a lovely Valentines weekend all.

Big kisses

Laura xxx

Feeling upbeat, first film premiere and getting your ‘wiggle’ on

Hi All,

In my last blog I mentioned I was feeling the strains of having to juggle everything whilst being pregnant, so this week I tried out the Upbeat drink (www.feelingupbeat.com) which is described as ‘a bit of extra willpower in a bottle’. It’s a dairy protein drink, with half the sugar of most fruit smoothies, high in protein and only 150 calories. I tried the blueberry and raspberry drink and it was delicious! The drinks are a great snack mid morning or mid afternoon and although I’m obviously not dieting given I am pregnant, I am still health conscious so these drinks are perfect. I definitely recommend them.

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If any of you follow me on Twitter (@laurahamiltontv) you may have noticed this week I tweeted some photos of Rocco and myself at the launch of ‘Action for Children’s- Giant Wiggle Campaign’. I’ve been involved with this charity for a number of years now and when they asked me to help front this campaign I was delighted to be able to lend a hand. The Giant Wiggle is a sponsored walk for Children around the age of 5 but literally anyone can get involved. You can find out more about this wonderful fundraising event and the charity at www.actionforchildren.org.uk

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Rocco’s eyes literally lit up when he saw the hungry caterpillar. He had such a fun morning and it was even more special knowing it was to support such a good cause. Make sure you get your ‘wiggle on’ on the 19th March.

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Also this week I was lucky to have a very special visit from Matt Newton from iCandy. Bearing in mind in just three months we are going to have two under two I figured we are going to need a double buggy. iCandy were actually the first company to develop the double pushchair with the children on different levels (‘The Peach’), rather than side by side – how do they ever fit through a door? Anyway Matt’s demo was brilliant. He showed me how the single pushchair ‘The Raspberry’ works and is pretty nifty! It’s light, compact, sturdy and very easy to collapse and erect. I’m going to be test driving it until number two arrives in a few months so I’ll let you know how I get on! www.icandyworld.com

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Finally this week, Alex and I took Rocco to his first film premiere of ‘Peppa Pig and the Golden Boots’. Rocco loves Peppa (probably like most children his age), and the screening of the film at the Odeon in Leicester Square was brilliant. Below are a couple of photos from the weekend of me and my gorgeous boys at the screening!

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Have a great week guys.

Lots of love

Laura xxx

A stressful few weeks…

Hi Guys
Hope you are all well?
You know sometimes you have one of those weeks? Well the last couple of weeks have been somewhat stressful.  Thankfully Alex and I managed to have a bit of R&R at Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire which was much needed… I’m the kind of person who never lets  things get on top of me but juggling everything recently has been tough, organising childcare, being a mum and a wife, filming crazy long hours, oh and the fact I am now 27 weeks pregnant!
When my filming day came to an end last Thursday, I had a call from Alex to say he was in hospital with Rocco again, this time with a very nasty rash that appeared shortly after he picked him up from nursery.  Alex wasn’t sure if was an allergic reaction to something he had eaten or if it was something more sinister.  He called 111 and they advised him to go straight to hospital.  Thankfully we were both put at ease when the doctor told Alex it wasn’t meningitis, it could just be a rash from a virus or a reaction to something Rocco had eaten. Okay so it would be good to try and eliminate what exactly caused it, but the doctor said we might never know…a bit frustrating but the main thing is Rocco is fine.  One thing for sure that has seriously impressed both Alex and I is just how good our healthcare system is, particularly when it comes to young children and babies.  In the last month Alex and I have been to hospital twice with Rocco.   The emergency services and hospital staff have all been amazing.
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In a couple of weeks’ time I have to have a meeting with the birth choices team at the hospital I am due to give birth in.  The likelihood is I will have a C-section again.  It wasn’t out of choice the first time, it was an emergency after the midwife discovered Rocco was breach 5 hours into my labour.  Unfortunately my scar is keloid and I hate it.  I am hoping that with a planned C-section next time this can be avoided as it still looks really red and I have never had a keloid scare before so the fact I have one now is a bit odd!  I have compared my scar to other people who have had a C-section at the same time and mine really looks a bit of a mess…fingers crossed it can be sorted.
Aside of hospital visits we have been having our ensuite fitted out in our house.  I should be able to share some photos of it with you next week when it’s finished. We bought a beautiful vanity unit from www.portervanities.com which makes it feel like a hotel bathroom and if you are looking for a ‘special’ vanity until for a bathroom these pieces are pretty amazing.
Talking of hotels, Alex and I spent our first night away from Rocco on Saturday. Our first lie-in for a year! We were treated to a little visit to Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire http://www.marriotthanburymanor.co.uk/ and we had a really lovely afternoon and evening.  The grounds and building of this hotel are beautiful.  Sitting in the panelled Oaks Bar by the roaring log fire was gorgeous. The service was brilliant and the room we had was beautiful, over looking the grounds.
We were treated to a facial and massage.  I opted for the facial as unfortunately  a pregnancy massage wasn’t available and, although Alex’s massage was a little rushed (as they were fully booked) we both needed a bit of pampering. What impressed us most was the food served in the restaurant.  Not only did it taste great it was presented really interestingly.  It was the perfect date night and the trip came to an end with breakfast in bed – bliss!
So next week I will be reporting back about my my pram demo with iCandy who very kindly ran me through how the raspberry and peach (their double pram) work.  I will also be able to tell you about my involvement with Action for Children’s Giant Wiggle campaign. I have an exciting photo shoot with them next Tuesday. www.actionforchildren.org.uk
My new YouTube channel will be online imminently and if you have an upcoming wedding why not check out ‘Just Weddings’ Magazine this week where I am their cover girl showcasing www.raijewel.com.
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I hope you all have a good week.
Laura x

New Year, new projects!

Happy New Year guys. I hope you all had a good one whatever you got up to?

I celebrated the first day of 2015 in the family place in Spain with Alex and Rocco and we had a fab time. It was slightly odd when I turned the TV on I saw myself on ‘A Place in the Sun’ filming in Spain on the Mar Menor. I was there only a few weeks before Christmas and it’s brilliant to see the show is now playing out on Channel 4 in an evening slot.

 

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Since being back in the UK it has been all go. The day I got home I had my nails done by Alison from Calgel and my lashes and brows done by Emily Ponte from Poeme Beauty in preparation for my new tv project. I’m excited to tell you I have joined the team of ‘Cowboy Builders’. I will be filming the show all throughout this year as well as continuing with ‘Fort Boyard’ and ‘A Place in the Sun’ which is really exciting. I am also going to launching my own YouTube channel very soon with lots of hints and tips on property renovation and interior design as well as keeping you up to date with everything else I am up to! Watch this space… My first filming day is Friday.

Rocco and baby bump are both doing well. We still don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl and I’m really glad we don’t know. I have to admit sometimes I actually forget I am pregnant because I’m busy working and running around after Rocco. Then I look down at my tummy and think how can I forget? I’m passed that stage of just looking like I have put on a few pounds over Xmas and now I actually look like I’m pregnant!

I’m currently teaching Rocco to feed himself using ‘combination feeding’ (a mixture of baby led weening and letting him feed himself). I am a bit obsessed keeping everything clean/tidy in the house so this works best for me. Tommee Tippee have some great little first cutlery sets and Rocco really likes the ‘little dish’ meals at the moment. I don’t give them to him every day but they are really handy, with not much salt and lots of veg. I’m a big fan.

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I can’t believe I only have 4 months left until baby number two arrives. I’m loving getting in to maternity fashion again and one of my favourite dresses is the Avalicious in red from www.babeswithbabies.co.uk. You can really dress this outfit up or down and it’s so comfy too.

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For casual looks I’m loving these outfits from www.seraphine.com. Perfect for filming ‘Cowboy Builders’!

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If you managed to catch ‘Minors in Designers’ on ITVbe between Christmas and new year, you will have seen Rocco is in to his fashion too! I found a really lovely boutique on Instagram called monsweetboutique and recently got him this little outfit. I think he looks pretty cute in the little red hat!

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This coming weekend Alex are having our first night away together without Rocco which we have never done before. Alex said the only thing he misses from pre Rocco days are his lazy mornings and waking up late and although I have always woken up early I would agree with him. We are really excited to be spending a night at Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire where we will get to enjoy some massage pampering too. I’ve never visited the hotel before but I’ve heard great things about it.

Before I sign off I have to quickly mention Celeb Big Brother. I don’t usually watch the show but I have tuned in this time and it crazy to see some of the behaviour going on. I really like Nadia Swahala. She appeared in my series of Dancing on Ice and I think she is coming across really well, fingers crossed she is there until the end – I think the other housemates need her.

On that note, I hope you all have a great week.

Laura xxx

Happy Christmas Eve!

Happy Christmas Eve! This is my last blog post of 2014. First off I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has followed and supported me over the last year, whether you read my blog or support me in my TV career (or even both), I really appreciate your continued support.  I feel very lucky to be blessed with an amazing family and incredible friends and I couldn’t do what I do without them…

So Caroline Flack was finally crowned the winner of Strictly 2014.  It was a fantastic series and tough to call who would win in the end.  Having been part of Dancing on Ice a few years back I know just how hard it will be for everyone who took part now that the series has finished.  The training becomes such a major part of your life for a good few months and it’s a little weird to adjust.  I’m sure Caroline will be on a high for sometime but I want to say a BIG well done to her. She was fab even though I do have leg envy (probably like most of the nation)!

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With just one day until Christmas have you finished your Xmas shopping or are you one of those people who leave it right to the last minute?  I have just one last present to pick up and as I’m only cooking for 4 people this year, so I feel relatively stress free.

Thankfully we are all now over the sickness bug we had in our house and Rocco is a back to his normal self after 7 days of sickness and back on his Wellkid vitamins!  I am particularly excited about Christmas this year because Rocco has more of an understanding of what is going on.  He has mastered the words ‘tree’, ‘bauble’ and ‘star’.  In fact he is saying a lot of words including his own name, but the word Mummy/Mama is currently missing from his vocabulary.  The other day I asked him who I was and he said ‘dog’ – how nice!

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It’s amazing to see him walking all over the place and crazy to see how quickly he progresses each day.  He visited Clarks the shoe shop and had his feet measured so he now has his first ‘proper’ pair of shoes – although he doesn’t seem to be too keen on wearing them…talking of shoes for Rocco and linking to fashion for children, Rocco and I will appear in ‘Minors in Designers’ on ITVbe next Monday evening at 10pm.  The show is based around an amazing children’s clothes shop in Essex called ‘Childsplay’ and Rocco and I took part in the documentary when we visited there earlier in the year which was great fun.

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In terms of my pregnancy fashion, with my new growing bump I’ve found a great website called www.babeswithbabies.co.uk.  I received a beautiful grey Poncho as a Christmas present from them which I love.  They have some great bits online and are worth checking out.  The other site I am big fan of is www.seraphine.com – definitely worth a look if you are a fashion conscious mum to be!


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Just like with my previous pregnancy, I am struggling with some nice maternity lingerie.  Www.cakematernity.com seems to be my only saviour but www.hotmilklingerie.com have a lovely range if your size permits!

So today Alex and I went for our 20 week scan and the great news is all seems to be well which is the best Christmas present we could ask for.

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I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and new year!  Thank you again for all your support.  Let’s make 2015 even better!

Laura, Alex, Rocco and Bump xxx

Any advice for having two babies under two?

Hi guys,

So if any of you picked up a copy of HELLO! magazine last week you will have seen our exciting news. We are expecting another baby at the beginning of May and Rocco will be a big brother.  The thought of having two under two seems a little crazy but I have always wanted to have two children close together because I like the idea they can grow up together. Our second scan is in one week’s time and we have decided to keep the sex of the baby a surprise again…

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It’s exciting that we have to decorate and furnish another nursery. We are also going to have to think about double prams. If any of you have tried and tested any I would love to hear your thoughts and advice. Have any of you got two under two? How is it? Honestly? I’d love to hear from you!

Since the HELLO! photo shoot Alex and I attended the Snowman Ball in Brighton. It’s a huge fundraising event for Chestnut House Children’s hospice and they raised almost £500,000 which is fantastic. It was a great night. I wore a lovely black and cream lace dress from Lipstick Boutique (showing off a little bump) and some Rai Jewel earrings really finished off the look. Jo Adams my make-up artist recreated a look with my hair that Cheryl had in Cannes and I loved it!

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The last week or so has been a bit of a nightmare to be honest because the sickness bug struck our household. I think Rocco picked up a bug from nursery which he then passed to me, and then Alex caught it too. Being pregnant and sick isn’t good and I’m really concerned for Rocco as unfortunately he is still unwell which is a bit of a worry. He was taken to hospital by ambulance on Friday and we still don’t really know what is wrong with him. Hopefully we will get to the bottom of it very soon. Seeing him ill is heartbreaking and what makes it worse is he can’t communicate with us and tell us where he feels pain. I hate it.

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Being sick and homebound this weekend has meant I have actually sat down and watched television (a rarity for me!). I managed to catch the X Factor final and although Fleur and Andrea were incredible, l had to support Ben, a guy who lives locally to me. He comes across as such a lovely man and is a well deserved winner. Congratulations Ben!

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So from a poorly household, it’s short and maybe not so sweet from me this week. Please don’t forget to leave your comments and any tips about coping with toddlers and new borns… All advice appreciate!

Love,

Laura and Bump #no2

Switching on the Christmas lights and buying our tree

Hi guys,
Hope you are all well?
So this week Alex, myself and Rocco have a very exciting photoshoot out in HELLO! magazine with some photos of our recently renovated house and also some other news…  I won’t spoil it for you in my blog but I’ll leave it to you to pick up a copy and check it out…
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Following that little tease… this week I had to take Rocco for his 1 year check up and some injections. It really was awful seeing him scream after having them. As a parent you feel totally useless but can only hope you are doing the right thing. Alex and I decided that we didn’t want him to have the combined MMR injection as there is quite a lot of controversy surrounding it. We think we will let him have the injections individually which some people suggest is safer. Has anyone else done this? I would love to hear your thoughts…
After feeling incredibly guilty about seeing Rocco scream after being jabbed, I felt even more guilty about looking for a nursery for him to go to. This week I started filming an exciting new TV series, so Alex and I have decided that Rocco will go to nursery one day a week. We were questioning ourselves so much, ‘Is this the right thing to do? And will he be okay?’.  We shouldn’t have worried. We found a brilliant day nursery and Rocco had a great time. I think Alex was more emotional dropping him off more than anything else.
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At the weekend I switched on the Christmas lights on the high street in Purley.  There was a pretty good turnout and it was really nice to do something for the local community given the fact I’m not usually around. Because I was in the Christmas spirit I couldn’t resist to buy a Christmas tree on Sunday and decorate it. It might be a little early but Christmas does seem more exciting when you have a little one. Now we just have to teach Rocco that the decorations are to stay on the tree and they aren’t his toys – easier said than done!
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We are planning to do a lot of entertaining over the festive season so I’ve invested in a great little fridge for all the extra drinks and extra food.  It’s from Husky’s Retro range and it looks very sleek under the counter! I took delivery of if this week and I absolutely love it.  I chose the cream one to match the interior of our kitchen but they come in a range of other colours too.  You can check them out here www.husky-retail.com.
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Well that’s it from me this week.  It’s only a short one because I really hope you can pick up a copy of the magazine to read our news…
Lots of love
Laura x

Filming in sunny Barbados

Does anyone else make lists?! I honestly don’t think I could get everything done without writing a list of ‘to do’s’ in my diary.  There is something really satisfying about ticking them off as they are done and I really think it helps me keep on top of what I need to do. Working through my ‘to do’ list is exactly what I did last week whilst filming in Barbados. I missed my little man (and my big man of course!) like crazy but it was good for the two of them to spend some quality time together especially when Rocco has been away so much with me this last year.

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Looking at houses and filming in Barbados was brilliant and made a bit of a change for me as I am usually filming in France or Spain. The properties are so colourful and although Barbados has some seriously expensive properties on the west coast (with the likes of Mr Cowell owning on the island), there are lots of affordable ones on the south coast. With a budget of £150k you can get yourself a 3 bedroom detached house with a self contained 2 bedroom annexe about a mile from the beach. Since the property crash, properties are around 25 per cent cheaper than they were back in 2007 so there are some great bargains to be had. As purchaser the fees are only 1-2 per cent and the whole buying process is pretty straight forward. If you are thinking about buying in the Caribbean, Barbados is a stunning island. The people are friendly and the beaches are idyllic.

When I returned to the UK not only was I excited to see my men, I was excited to finally be able to hang my clothes up in our new walk in wardrobe. Sounds crazy hey but since renovating our house, my clothes have been piled up on the floor and a complete mess. It’s great I can now get everything organised. We used a company called Hammonds (www.hammonds-uk.com) to design and install it all and I have been really impressed by their service. The bespoke design is so solid and is almost a little industrial looking with the metal beams securing everything in place. Hammonds were extremely accommodating when it came to choosing the materials too. I wanted the wooden shelves to match the colour of our internal doors and nothing was a problem for them. Now that I’m feeling like Carrie Bradshaw, here are a few pics of Hammonds creation. I would thoroughly recommend using them.

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If any of you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have seen me post some photos modelling some jewellery. I am now able to tell you I am the ‘face’ of the English Rose collection for Rai Jewel.  The jewellery is stunning and I am loving being able to showcase some of the pieces. With Christmas around the corner, the jewellery is an ideal present for someone special! You can find out more about them here: www.raijewel.com.

I actually wore a few pieces of jewellery from the Rai Jewel collection last weekend. On Sunday before attending the Children’s BAFTAS,  I had a photo shoot at my house with HELLO! magazine and wore some of the jewellery for the shoot.  The article will be out in a few weeks time so I will tell you when to look out for it!

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On Sunday evening I attended the BAFTAS on behalf of Fort Boyard. I wore a gorgeous red dress from Ghost, some amazing Ursula Mascaro shoes and accessories were my LK Bennett bag and some earrings from Rai Jewel. I had a top glam squad who made me feel like a Hollywood movie star so I want to say a big thank you to Arabella Boyce for styling me and to Jo Adams for my gorgeous hair and make up.

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This week I have to take Rocco for his 1 year check-up and his booster injections which I’m not particularly looking forward to. I will also be starting to film my new TV project which I will be able to tell you more about soon.

I hope you have a great week.

Love

Laura x

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