Zipping around Sydney’s Centennial Park on her daughter’s snazzy three-wheeled scooter, Blockhead Sara Vale is the queen of the footpaths.
It’s rare family time for the sporty 32-year-old flight attendant, her builder hubby Hayden, 45, and their 2-year-old cherub Harlow Rose, who’ve been torn apart by the demands of The Block these past few months.
“Mum...mine,” pleads the tiny tot, pointing to her scooter, which is four sizes too small for Sara, sending both parents into fits of laughter as the mum-of-one negotiates obstacles on the toy.
The newlyweds have been pushed to the limit transforming their space in St Kilda’s Gatwick Hotel these past few months, leaving little Harlow in the care of her grandparents.
“Sara and Hayden have basically only been allowed out to see Harlow once a week, for just a few hours at a time,” confides a family friend. “And it has had a big impact on them, particularly Sara, who missed her little girl desperately.
“Harlow’s been hitting language milestones and her mum and dad haven’t been there to hear them, which is heartbreaking. But she’s got to learn one word very well – ‘goodbye’ – and she doesn’t like hearing it one little bit.”
“She’s our only daughter and we’ve never spent that much time apart,” Sara has said on the Today program. “I felt like I was neglecting her at one of the most pivotal moments of her life.”
With Season 14 of the popular renovation show behind them, Sara and Hayden, who’ve been together for four years, are going full steam ahead towards their next project: a baby sister or brother for Harlow. The couples’ baby-making plans were put on hold the day they found out they’d been accepted to go on The Block. But now, there’s nothing holding them back.
The couple have announced they are already expecting their second child.
On the Season 14 finale, the couple also participated in a "womb reveal."
The couple excitedly shared they are expecting a baby boy!
Now, Hayden, a construction manager, is planning a large renovation at their Stanwell Park property, one hour south of Sydney, but first they need time to recover from the stresses of The Block.
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