Emily Andrea says ‘self-isolating is wearing thin’ as the Andres stay indoors after Junior’s positive Covid test

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In her OK! column this week, Emily Andrea revealed that self-isolating for the third time as a family “being stuck inside is wearing a little thin".

As she and husband Peter Andre care for 15-year-old Junior, Emily opened up about “feeling bad” for her patients and colleagues. Emily has had to work from home to help take care of Junior who “hasn’t been feeling great” since testing positive for Covid-19. His sister, Princess, also admitted she'd been struggling with isolation recently.

Luckily, Pete and Emily’s neighbours have been helping out by bringing the family food. That being said, Emily “can’t wait to get back to normal.” Here Emily tells all.

Plus, she praises Kate Lawler who recently had to stand up for herself against mummy-shamers and points out some similarities between daughter Millie and Princess Charlotte…

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Being stuck inside is wearing thin

At the time of writing this, we still have a few days left in self-isolation after Junior tested positive for Covid-19. It feels unlucky as we’re so careful and there are hardly any cases in our area. The good news is, as soon as he had symptoms I drove him to get a PCR test and we self-isolated immediately, so as far as we know he hasn’t passed it on to anyone.

Poor Junior hasn’t been feeling great so I do feel for him, but he has been brave. We’ve been keeping a close eye on him as he’s definitely not been himself and he hasn’t really been eating. But I reminded him that now he’s had the virus it means he’s got some antibodies for a while at least. We’ve been giving him simple painkillers, making sure he drinks plenty and has honey and lemon for his sore throat.

When myself and Pete had it we kept our distance from the kids, but when you’re caring for a child it’s a little different. I’ve had both my vaccines and Pete has had it within the last six months so we weren’t concerned about catching it off Junior – our main priority was making sure he was alright. Thankfully, none of the rest of us have had any symptoms.

Being stuck inside is wearing a little thin as over the last year we’ve had to self-isolate three times as a family. I feel bad for my patients and my colleagues that I’ve had to work from home, but we are sticking to the rules to protect others.

It’s also tough on the kids with them not being at school and nursery. Unsurprisingly, they’ve been bored, but they’ve actually been really good. They’ve definitely had more screentime than usual, but the weather has been horrible and we’ve been stuck indoors. We’ve also done our best with Millie’s homeschooling as we’re both working, but we haven’t put too much pressure on her and her school has been understanding.

We’re so lucky to live in a lovely village and our neighbours have been helping us out and bringing us food, but I can’t wait to get back to normal!

Kate Lawler hits out at mummy-shamers

Kate Lawler has defended herself against mummy-shamers for enjoying a glass of wine after pumping her breast milk. The NHS advises that mums can drink small amounts of alcohol and still safely breastfeed, so Kate isn’t doing anything wrong.

If you do have a drink, you should wait a few hours before feeding again or use a technique called “pumping and dumping”, where you express milk and then throw it away, so you’re not feeding the baby any milk that contains alcohol. The general rule is it takes about an hour for a unit of alcohol to be broken down by your body, so it’s always worth remembering that if you’re breastfeeding.

Millie is independent like Charlotte

I loved hearing the Duke of Cambridge talk about Princess Charlotte and how independent she is. He said, “If you ask her, she says she’s 16. Charlotte says, ‘I’m six now, I’ll do what I want.’


Millie is a combination of being very shy but also bossy, which is like me. Pete always says, “I can see where she gets it from!” When she knows you well enough she will be very assertive and tell you exactly what she wants! She constantly bosses Theo around and he just takes it because he’s not bothered.

We actually used the time in isolation to move Theo back into his old bedroom. Last year he and Millie started sharing but he was so excited about it that he kept waking her up by talking and throwing teddies at her. We gave him lots of chances before moving him, but he still wasn’t too happy about it!

We’ve really been rewarding him when he sleeps through, because the first couple of nights he was calling out to us and wandering into our bedroom. It feels like we’re back to the sleepless nights again!

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