Christine Lampard has revealed it’s been “really, really nice” having husband Frank at home recently after the birth of their second child together.
The former footballer was sacked as Chelsea manager back in January after 18 months in the role.
The Newtownards native who gave birth to her son Freddie in March says Frank is a “brilliant” dad and has also opened up on life as a mum of two.
The couple’s first baby together, Patricia, was born in September 2018, with Christine saying it’s been tricky keeping two occupied.
When asked if hubby Frank is a hands on dad, she said: “He’s very, very good – he’s brilliant. He loves telling stories so he’s been doing bedtime stories with Patricia. He’s great at doing the active stuff like, ‘Let’s get a ball and kick a ball around’ and I’m doing all of the other stuff.
“It’s a good balance between the both of us. It’s a lovely thing to watch, him and Patricia having a giggle over football. It’s been really, really nice having him at home.”
Christine and Frank Lampard
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Christine has also said how Freddie is a chilled baby, and she hopes it stays that way.
“He seems really quite chilled and I wonder whether that’s just naturally a case of him knowing that he has to be because you can’t pour 100% of your time into the second one, because the first one’s running around, hungry, needs to go for a wee… Suddenly, you’re like, ‘You have to wait a minute’ and I think that makes them go, ‘Yeah, that’s fine. I’ll wait.’
“And he’s a bit like that with his personality so far, so hopefully that stays. I know it could change, but certainly at the moment he is slightly more chilled and I think that’s because I am,” the Co Down woman added.
The TV star said the tot is sleeping okay at the minute, and how being a parent of two “full on”.
“You think you’ve dealt with one and another one has a moan. You’re flip flopping between the two all day, but they’re very good. They’re actually great fun. Patricia is very funny, she’s at that toddler stage where everything she says is just really funny.
“We giggle a lot with them which is a nice thing and she’s got an answer for everything! I don’t know where they pick up these words from? Yesterday we were having our dinner and she said, ‘Mummy this is awesome!’ I never say awesome, she’s got it off the telly obviously.
“And she really meant it, she had it in the perfect context and everything. I thought, ‘This is it now. This is the stage where they start really soaking everything up!’ They make us smile on a daily basis right now,” said Christine.
Christine and her second-born child Freddie
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The Northern Irish woman said Patricia is enjoying being a big sister, and she’s “really taken to it well.”
“She does, there’s lots of singing of lullabies and she sort of throws toys at Freddie because she thinks she wants to help him.
“She puts her dolls in her prams, she’s motherly in a natural way so that helps, where she wants to play mummy with him. It’s really nice to watch, she tries to help bathe him and is really gentle. It’s a good age difference.”
The TV presenter is set to host Lorraine this summer, starting from August 2, and is excited but nervous at coming back from maternity leave.
“So the fact that I’ve been out of the TV world for a couple of months definitely makes me nervous to go back in again and people seeing me early in the morning – that hasn’t happened obviously for a long time! But it’s a really lovely feeling, it will be so nice to be back in the studios.
“I visited the other day and I was asked if I wanted a cup of coffee and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I would love a coffee!’ It was a real treat, and to get my hair and make up done. Considering I’ve hardly washed my hair for three months! It was really lovely, all those simple things.
“It will be really nice to see everybody, I know all of the team at Lorraine so well. It’s such a lovely crew and production team, I feel very, very lucky to get back even if just for a few weeks – it’s just a real, real pleasure.
“I’ve missed that camaraderie and having those belly laughs first thing in the morning! Also interacting with people you’ve never met, all those things that live telly brings you,” she said.
While off on maternity, Christine has been enjoying watching her friends on TV.
Christine Lampard and daughter Patricia
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“It’s nice when you know the people on the telly, it’s like you’ve got your mates in the living room with you. I’m very lucky to be able to keep in touch with everyone.
“I am up early in the morning – Good Morning Britain goes on and then it’s straight into Lorraine and then it’s straight into This Morning , and finally Loose Women . That’s 100% been my morning routine. I find it quite soothing, it’s like I’ve got constant adult company.
“I love the telly, it’s what I do and so it goes on first thing with the news and carries on the whole way through. So I haven’t been away in terms of watching, I’ve been there the whole time!”
And as she is about to take over the show for a few weeks, the Northern Irish star also praised Lorraine, saying she is “the best” and is “absolutely remarkable”.
“Considering how long she’s done this for over the years and nothing fazes her at all. She’s such a professional, she really is a very special broadcaster. I always feel really privileged being able to do the show because I think, ‘I hope Lorraine is happy?’ Because as long as she’s happy, I’m happy.
“It’s her baby and she talks about the show in that way, so it’s very, very precious to her after all these years and I’ll do my best to keep it ticking along for her until she comes back in September.
“She absolutely deserves a break, she’s been non-stop since the beginning of this pandemic. She deserves a lie in, so Ranvir and I will do our best until she gets back.”
Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV and ITV Hub