Television presenter Carrie Bickmore has opened up about the struggles of being a working mum as she prepares to return to work, seven months after the birth of her third child.
The 38-year-old, who welcomed daughter Adelaide to the world with partner Chris Walker in December, explained going from two to three kids has been “incredibly tricky” especially due to her children’s varying needs.
Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald about the difficulties in balancing work and home life, the mum said it certainly hasn’t been easy extending her family to five.
“A lot of people tole me going from two to three kids would be easy, but it’s been so incredibly tricky,” Carrie told the publication in the lead up to her return to The Project.
“There just no time left over to think about anything. There’s a lot to do, a lot of noise and just a lot of life.”
While the popular TV host admitted she’s looking forward to the silent drive to work and the ability to drink a hot coffee once again, Carrie said she has “mixed emotions” about going back to her role on The Project.
“My children are all really varying ages: I have a son who’s about the start high school [Ollie], a four-year-old [Evie] and a six-month-old baby, so their needs are very different,” the journalist said.
“I think it’s going to be a massive adjustment for me heading back to work. I’ll have a little pain in my tummy, but that’s the reality of working when you’re a parent… I don’t know if you ever feel quite content.”
This isn’t the first time Carrie has shared her struggles and the emotional challenges involved in being a mother having previously admitted her fears of post-natal depression.
In a column shared in Stellar Magazine, The Project host admitted it hasn’t been a walk in the park since the birth of the baby girl in December.
Speaking openly about the ups and downs of parenting, Carrie said the newborn stage with her beautiful third child has been “one of the most challenging periods” of her parenting life.
The 38-year-old explained the first few months with Adelaide have been a struggle as the gorgeous bub suffered with bad reflux.
“I realise now I had it pretty easy during the newborn phase with my other two kids,” Carrie wrote in the column.
The doting mum explained that poor Adelaide demanded a lot of attention at times due to the reflux meaning she was living off very little sleep.
Carrie said although she knew many parents were facing much bigger challenges without any support at all she found it hard to keep it together, especially when her partner Chris was away.
The mother detailed one time back in February when Chris went on a one night boys’ trip with her eldest child Ollie when things were extremely tough.
“I proclaimed I’d be fine without Chris, but by midnight, after spending three hours trying to get our non-compliant three-year-old to bed while jiggling Addie who was extremely unsettled, my anxiety hit somewhere near boiling point,” the column in Stellar Magazine read.
Carrie said she felt trapped at home and was desperate for a break. It got to the point where the mum was so stressed she sent Chris a series of text messages explaining how distraught she was.
In one the mum admitted, “I can’t do this on my own tonight”, while in another she claimed, “I’m worried I may be getting postnatal depression.”