June 2, 2023

As a Paralympic equestrian champion, it was a giant second when Natasha Baker launched her new child son to her beloved horse Lottie. And as these treasured first household photographs present, the assembly went very nicely certainly, with Lottie affectionately nudging her silky nostril towards the tiny legs of the most recent addition to the household, whose title, HELLO! can reveal, is Joshua Fio Jaconelli.

“Lottie completely loves him,” says Natasha, 33, becoming a member of husband Marc Jaconelli, 31, at her dad or mum’s livery yard in West London to proudly introduce their first youngster to us. “She is the gentlest horse on this planet and he or she actually went as much as his head and snuggled into his hair. Itwas so candy.”The brand new dad and mom have been driving excessive since Joshua was born on 25 April, weighing 8lb 6oz. Out of all the pieces I’ve ever achieved, Joshua is unquestionably my greatest achievement,” says Natasha, who has received six Paralympic golds: two at London 2012, three at Rio 2016 and one at Tokyo 2020. “Natasha’s been unbelievable. She’s taken to it like a second nature,” provides Marc. 

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Natasha can’t wait to get again within the saddle. She hopes to be again driving in early July, when she is going to start her bid for the Paris 2024 Paralympics.“To have Joshua within the crowd, if I’m fortunate sufficient to get chosen, could be wonderful,” she says. Nevertheless, changing into a mom has shifted her view on profitable. “Earlier than, your profession is all the pieces to you. Now, Joshua and Marc are my life and my id. Being an excellent mum is my precedence.” 

Natasha has turn into a mum for the primary time

Due to Natasha’s incapacity – she contracted transverse myelitis, a uncommon inflammatory illness, as a child, which left her in a position to stroll solely quick distances with sticks and needing a mobility scooter or wheelchair to get round – Joshua was born through Caesarean part underneath a normal anaesthetic. “They put me to sleep at 12.05, Joshua was born at 12.11 and he was with Marc at 12.17 andI was out of theatre and woken up by 12.48! The crew had been wonderful they usually videoed the delivery, which was so good as a result of Marc wasn’t allowed in as soon as I had the overall anaesthetic, so we each missed it,” explains Natasha.

Natasha and Marc are filled with reward for Queen Charlotte’s Chelsea Hospital in London. “Queen Charlotte’s had been past phenomenal; each physician, each midwife went above and past to take care of us,” says Natasha, whereas Marc provides: “It’s a must to be a particular individual to do what they do, they usually actually, actually had been.”

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Being a disabled dad or mum has introduced new challenges, says Natasha: “The world isn’t arrange for us naturally anyway, however I’ve now seen the dearth of accessibility for disabled dad and mom. We had been hoping there could be one thing on the market to allow us to connect my wheelchair on to the Stokke buggy so I may push, however there’s nothing. Marc’s brother is into design and engineering, so we’re attempting to provide you with one thing ourselves. It’s not been a simple thingto overcome.” Joshua might solely be 4 weeks previous, however Natasha is waiting for increasing their household, telling us: “I need to do it once more already,” to which Marc seems somewhat alarmed. “Nooo! We’re solely doing it as soon as,” he says, turning to her and laughing. “I’d say ‘maintain your horses’ if it wasn’t such an apparent pun.” “That’s the one factor we’re disagreeing on,” says Natasha with a smile. “I’ll change his thoughts!”




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