Simon Thomas takes a look at buggies at the Baby Show after wife Derrina gave birth prematurely

Simon Thomas looked at several buggies at the 2022 Baby Show in London on Sunday afternoon after his wife Derrina gave birth to their daughter eight weeks early.

The Blue Peter presenter, 49, made a casual impression as he posed with friend and colleague Angellica Bell, 46, whom he thanked for the company.

He wore a navy Jack Wills knit sweatshirt with blue jeans and white sneakers, while friend Angelica wore navy pants and an oversized camouflage jacket.

Dad Duties: Simon Thomas watched several buggies at the 2022 Baby Show in London on Sunday afternoon after his wife Derrina gave birth to their daughter eight weeks early

Get ready: Simon spoke to vendors at the London Olympia event on Sunday as he browsed the selection of buggies at various stalls

Simon spoke to vendors at the event in Olympia, London on Sunday, as he browsed the selection of buggies at various stalls.

Several celebrities made their appearance on the Baby Show this weekend, including Made In Chelsea’s Maeva D’Ascanio and her fiancé James Taylor, who are nearing their due date in November.

Also in attendance were pregnant former Love Islander Shaughna Phillips and Bianca Gascoigne who brought her mother Sheryl and brother Regan in a fun family event.

On Simon’s Instagram, the host told his 106,000 Instagram followers before attending the Baby Show: “This was something me and Derrina had tickets to ages ago, but the events of the past three weeks have really taken over.

Supported: The Blue Peter presenter, 49, cut a casual figure as he posed with friend and colleague Angellica Bell, 46, whom he thanked for company with him

Friends: Simon wore a navy Jack Wills knit sweatshirt with jeans and white sneakers, while friend Angelica wore navy pants and an oversized camouflage jacket

Strike a pose: Angellica shook hands with her friend Simon, who couldn’t bring his wife Derrina, who was in hospital with their little one

“Derrina is back in the hospital with the little one, she’s doing so great, the little one is doing so, so well.

“I’m going to the baby show, not alone, my good friend Angelica is coming along and that’s very nice of her.

“I’m feeling a little sad, Derrina is feeling a little sad, because I’m just past the entrance and a lot of couples are going in, a lot of ladies with bumps.

“But we kind of missed that stage of those last few weeks to get everything ready.”

Learning the ropes: Simon posed with various buggies and supplies for new parents at the Baby Show in London

In early October, Simon announced that his wife Derrina became ‘fast’ with preeclampsia, forcing her to give birth eight weeks before her due date.

Simon shared a series of photos of his newborn daughter and Derrina, 31, smiling as she lay in her hospital bed after a tough delivery.

Derrina is the daughter of a clergyman who currently works in the legal sector.

One photo showed his son Ethan, 12, who he shares with his first wife Gemma, first meeting his younger sister while she was in an incubator.

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Learning: He spoke to employees who showed him cots and baby-safe furniture during the event on Sunday

In a lengthy caption, Simon revealed that his daughter was born eight weeks early and weighed just three pounds after Derrina became “quickly sick” with preeclampsia.

He said he felt “proud and blessed” to welcome his daughter after the “terrifying and stressful” delivery.

But Simon admitted the family still has a “long way to go” and would be in hospital for the next few weeks.

He wrote: “Not everything in life goes quite according to plan. One minute we think we have eight weeks before our little one is here; the next, after Derrina quickly fell ill, we suddenly welcome a very small but hugely dear girl of just over three pounds.

‘I’m feeling pretty sad’: On Simon’s Instagram, the host told his 106,000 Instagram followers: ‘This was something me and Derrina had tickets to ages ago’

Thanks: Simon thanked a midwife who has helped him and his wife Derrina with their problems over the past three weeks

Difficult time: Simon said on Instagram: ‘Derrina is back in the hospital with the little one, she’s doing so great, the little one is doing so well’

“The neonatal team at Stoke Mandeville Hospital were just incredible holding our hands physically and mentally during a very anxiety filled and stressful day yesterday.

“I can’t express how proud and blessed I feel now – I have a beautiful, brave wife in Derrina, a precious son and now a small, wonderful daughter and sister to our boy Ethan.

‘We have a long way to go before we have to be in hospital for the next few weeks; but we have the best team around us.

“Thank you Stoke Mandeville and thank you NHS for being there for us and thank God for blessing us so much as a family.”

The former Sky Sports pundit has not revealed whether he and Derrina have already chosen a name for their newborn daughter.

Simon only announced in an Instagram post last month that he and Derrina were expecting their first child together.

New addition: Simon Thomas has announced that his wife Derrina gave birth eight weeks earlier after preeclampsia

He made the happy announcement that he would be expanding his family when he shared a photo of Derrina’s ultrasound.

His appearance on the Baby Show comes five years after Simon lost his first wife Gemma blood cancer in 2017, three days after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

Simon’s late wife Gemma Thomas died tragically in November 2017, a year after she was sent home by her GP for bed rest after visiting three times with flu-like symptoms.

Two years after Gemma’s death, Simon found love with Derrina and they married in a ceremony at Norwich Cathedral in July 2021.

Difficulties: The presenter, 49, took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce they’d welcomed a baby girl after a ‘fear-filled’ delivery the day before

Tough times: In a lengthy caption, Simon revealed his daughter was born eight weeks early and weighed just three pounds after Derrina fell ‘quickly sick’ with preeclampsia

Merry

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