Lucy Mecklenburgh says she and fiancé Ryan Thomas struggle to find time to go on dates together after becoming doting parents to their son, Roman.

The 30-year-old former The Only Way Is Essex star has been engaged to 37-year-old Ryan for over two years and they welcomed their first child together in March last year.

The couple are still excited about getting married, but say they struggle to organise a date night for themselves due to being so busy, and their planned wedding has been put on the back burner.

Lucy hints she and Ryan’s lives now completely rotate around their one-year-old son – and they discovered he is the only thing they talk about when they are left just as the two of them.

Lucy Mecklenburgh has discussed how life has changed since she became a parent (


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Lucy has been engaged to Ryan Thomas since June 2019 (



Discussing how life has changed since they became parents, Lucy told The Sun: “Life is different now – there’s more communication but less spontaneity.

“It’s a different dynamic, but it’s just as special, if not more so. We’ve become a really good team. But it’s hard [to make time for each other]. I still don’t think we’ve got that balance perfect, but we work on it.

"On our first night out after Roman was born, we just sat there going: ‘What the hell have we got to talk about?’ because we both were living through lockdown and our whole life was Roman, so we just started talking about him. When we had finished, we went: ‘What do we talk about now?’”

Lucy hinted she and Ryan run out of things to talk about after they discuss their son, Roman (



Lucy and Ryan were alarmed last month when their young son “turned blue” and had to be rushed to hospital after suffering from a virus.

Lucy took to social media after Roman had been treated in hospital to share details of the ordeal and to warn other parents of the warning signs to look out for.

She wrote on Instagram : "Roman had a viral induced wheeze so a couple of times in the last 2 months he wakes up with a slight cold in the morning, he has a little wheeze by lunch time and by dinner time we are in A&E as he's struggling to breathe as we can see his chest is sucking in & working really hard.

"We are usually out by the morning after the nebuliser, oxygen and steroids and monitoring over night.

"This time however he had a little wheeze at lunch time but no wheeze before bed and he seemed completely fine other than a snotty nose."

She continued: "I still gave him 2 puffs of his inhaler before bed just in case. When I heard very quiet cries of distress at around 4am I went in his room. He was blue/grey, floppy when I picked him up, in and out of consciousness & sick in his mouth.

Little Roman was rushed to hospital last month after suffering from a virus (



"I called 999, cleared his mouth and gave him his inhaler. I wish I could say I stayed calm but I really didn't."

Roman now has to use an inhaler twice a day.

"I'm trying to get him used to his inhaler, he needs it twice a day now but he doesn't like it," she said in an Instagram story alongside a video of Roman holding his inhaler – adding: "I am hoping he gets used to it."

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