Why Maks & Vanessa’s DWTS Number Had Peta Murgatroyd in Tears: ‘Our Son Shai Was Hospitalized’ during 11 Days Old


Peta Murgatroyd is now partnered with singer Nick Lachey on deteriorate 25 of Dancing with a Stars while her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy dances with Nick’s mother Vanessa. The pro dancer is blogging about her knowledge on a ABC existence dance foe exclusively for PEOPLE. Follow Murgatroyd, 31, and Nick, 43, on Twitter!

It’s been a small bit of a tough week since Nick and we have both been kinda down.

Last week we unequivocally put all out there for a contemporary routine. we saw Nick put himself out there both physically and emotionally — and we watched it behind and overtly don’t know what he could have finished softened — though we didn’t see that tough work reflected in a scores. we wanted everybody to feel his tension and adore for his mother and how jaunty a slight was and he unequivocally nailed it. It was by distant his best dance.

Carrie Ann pronounced that, though Len and Bruno weren’t too crazy about it. we feel like we’re during a indicate where we don’t know what else to do to get softened scores. Four or 5 couples got 3 8s final week and afterwards we got dual 7s. That was tough for Nick. He wants to during slightest be restraining for someone in final place if that’s where we’re going to be. But people adore Nick and each bit of feedback on amicable media is positive, so we’re progressing a certain opinion — and final week unequivocally wasn’t about a scores, it was about pity everyone’s stories.

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It was so touching to get to tell Nick and Vanessa’s adore story, though afterwards we also got to hear about Vanessa and Nick welcoming their son Phoenix early and carrying to spend 6 weeks in a sanatorium with him. we positively cried examination their package. we consider saying another mom go by something like that unequivocally hits tighten to home.

Our son Shai was in sanatorium for 3 days when he was 11 days aged and that was a unequivocally dire experience. I’ll never forget those days so we can’t even fathom what Nick and Vanessa went by for 6 weeks with Phoenix.

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But this week we get to change gears and have fun with Disney Night. We are doing a quickstep desirous by The Jungle Book and we feel unequivocally good going into tonight’s performance.

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Nick indeed got a stairs down unequivocally early in a week so we’ve been spending a lot of time operative on his frame. Nick has naturally bad posture. He’s always slouching and his shoulders unemployment forward, so he has to spend each second of a dance meditative about his frame. But he’s also got to remember a stairs and perform — we know it’s not easy.

I know a judges are going to have records on his frame, though we unequivocally wish they see how most he’s softened from a foxtrot in week 2. Nick has worked so tough and we only wish him to be means to travel divided from a dance and say, “It all came together.” We haven’t had that yet, though we wish that’s what he says after tonight!

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