Edwina Bartholomew shares new snap of baby Molly as she pens candid open letter

Jan 15, 2020
Edwina and husband Neil Varcoe welcomed baby Molly Matilda at the end of last year. Source: Getty.

One month after welcoming her first child into the worldSunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew has opened up about the “wild ride” of becoming a mother in a candid open letter to her daughter.

The Channel Seven star shared the emotional message, addressed to one-month-old Molly Matilda, on social media as she discussed the ups and downs of parenting a newborn, from the lack of sleep to feeling like she might explode with love.

“One month old today. What a wild ride,” Edwina wrote, alongside a sweet photograph of herself cradling her young daughter. “Your Uncle took this photo and I think we both look pretty chuffed with ourselves.

“You are a delight, Molly Matilda. Sure, the full throttle crying is not so delightful but thankfully that’s pretty rare. You just get hangry like your Dad.

“The first 48 hours of motherhood were challenging in a way I wasn’t really prepared for. I was a total mess, actually. I burst into tears in the kitchen when our midwife arrived, I burst into tears when @neilwrites went to sleep and I couldn’t, and a few more times, just because.”

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One month old today. What a wild ride. Your Uncle took this photo and I think we both look pretty chuffed with ourselves. You are a delight, Molly Matilda. Sure, the full throttle crying is not so delightful but thankfully that’s pretty rare. You just get hangry like your Dad. The first 48 hours of motherhood were challenging in a way I wasn’t really prepared for. I was a total mess, actually. I burst into tears in the kitchen when our midwife arrived, I burst into tears when @neilwrites went to sleep and I couldn’t, and a few more times, just because. Over the past four weeks we have slowly found our groove. You sleep so well and smile so much (or is it wind?) No matter. I suppose both feel pretty good at this early stage. My goals have changed. Have a shower each day is now number one. Ticked that box. Wash my hair, occasionally. I accept I may never pee with the door closed again and it will be a while before I can eat a plate of food without cutting it up onto small pieces. None of my old clothes fit and, although spirits are high, my boobs are most certainly not. In short, it’s been pretty magical. At times I have looked at you with your Dad and felt like I would explode with love. It could still happen. Be warned. I’ll try not to embarrass you when it does. Don’t grow up too quickly. Your Mum xx

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She added: “Over the past four weeks we have slowly found our groove. You sleep so well and smile so much (or is it wind?) No matter. I suppose both feel pretty good at this early stage.

“My goals have changed. Have a shower each day is now number one. Ticked that box. Wash my hair, occasionally. I accept I may never pee with the door closed again and it will be a while before I can eat a plate of food without cutting it up onto small pieces. None of my old clothes fit and, although spirits are high, my boobs are most certainly not.”

She signed off the letter ‘Your Mum’ and added: “In short, it’s been pretty magical. At times I have looked at you with your Dad and felt like I would explode with love. It could still happen. Be warned. I’ll try not to embarrass you when it does. Don’t grow up too quickly.”

The TV favourite’s followers praised Edwina for her openness, with one person saying: “This brought a tear to my eye! And a lot of memories back. Enjoy every cuddle, it goes too fast.”

Another wrote: “Enjoy every minute she’s adorable.I could hear you saying that as if you were in tv.Not even a book can prepare us for this wild motherhood ride.Its the most challenging but rewarding job in the world.”

While another commented: “Eddy such beautiful words and yet so true I have been told to enjoy the time with the now when they are this age as much as you can and you will learn as you go along, you will be given lots.of advice from people but you decide what is best for you and baby Molly.”

Edwina has openly shared every step of her journey to motherhood on social media, delighting her followers with regular images and footage of Molly as she grows and changes.
On New Year’s Day, she shared an adorable video clip of her newborn daughter waking up from a nap, with her little limbs stretched outwards. She captioned the clip: “Recovering from an all night bender.”

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