Emily Andre celebrates ‘proud mum’ moment as son Theo learns to swim

Emily Andre has revealed her son Theo – who she shares with husband Peter Andre – hit a milestone on their holiday to Portugal as he learnt to swim in the pool.

In this week's column, the mum of two, 32, opens up about how proud she is of her four year old son, which is exclusively for OK! VIP members.

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Theo hit a milestone during our holiday in Portugal and swam without armbands for the first time. It was a very proud mum moment for me! When we went on holiday in May he didn’t even want to put his head under the water and this time he said, “I don’t need my armbands, mum!” and just started swimming by himself out of nowhere. He was so excited and very pleased with himself.

With Theo I felt really bad because Millie was swimming by the time she was three, but because of the pandemic he missed out on swimming lessons and us being able to teach him as much on holidays. I think now things are getting back to normal more I will get them both swimming lessons because it’s such an important thing for them to learn. I also hope this year will be more normal for them at school.

Theo is only a few weeks from starting and I think he’s still in denial about it! He knows it’s happening but he hasn’t got his head around it yet so I’m not talking to him about it too much at the moment. I’ve booked him an appointment to go and get some school shoes fitted, so maybe it will sink in for him a bit after that. I’m just going to keep a close eye on him for the first few weeks and cross my fingers that he enjoys it.

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Before we went away we were meant to be going to see Pete do a gig but both Millie and Theo got a tummy bug! Theo had it in the week and was being sick and then the night before the gig Millie started throwing up, too. I was very lucky not to get it. They were both devastated they couldn’t go and there were lots of tears. I’m definitely going to take them to one of his other gigs. We’re also going to watch him in a matinee performance of Grease. It will be really sweet to see Theo watch his dad perform as he still doesn’t understand what he does for a job! I think they will both love to watch him.

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Jools Oliver divided opinion recently when she admitted she is considering IVF to have a sixth child after experiencing five miscarriages. A lot of people have difficulties accessing IVF because whether you are eligible can be different depending on where you live, so the other option is to pay privately. I read some people criticising them for discussing IVF, but I think if Jules and her husband Jamie are going to pay for the treatment, then that is up to them. There are lots of people with big families and I do understand the appeal of having lots of children. I was one of five and it was lovely, although I know it was a lot of hard work for my parents!

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Dr Alex George has revealed he’s quit Twitter to protect his mental health. I don’t follow many people on social media but Alex is one of them as I love his posts, so it makes me sad that he found it so negative he felt the need to quit. He is so positive and does a great job of promoting mental health so it’s a real shame, but at the same time I think good for him for taking that step and looking after himself. I don’t go on social media every day, but when I do post I’m pleasantly surprised by the response. It’s very few and far between that I get a negative comment which is really nice. Maybe I’m selectively reading the positive ones and subconsciously blocking out the negatives!

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