DEBORAH KNIGHT: MY MIRACLE BABY
After conceiving her first two children, Darcy, seven, and Elsa, five, via IVF, and being told she would never conceive naturally, Deborah Knight beat the odds and fell pregnant with adorable Audrey Weekend Today presenter Deborah Knight, 43, and husband
The TV presenter talks about beating the odds to conceive naturally
When we discovered I was pregnant with Audrey, we were initially completely shocked. But the best things in life are often surprises, and Audrey is one of them.
We didn’t expect to have any more children and we had been told by the IVF doctors that we wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally but, lo and behold, here we are with a four-month-old.
My pregnancy with Audrey was really great. I’ve been very fortunate that all of my pregnancies have been really smooth without any problems. I didn’t even get morning sickness, which I know other mothers will be cursing me for. It is largely why I was so surprised I was even pregnant.
Audrey arrived pretty much around the date she was due, and it was a natural labour – as were our other two kids – so I’ve actually been really blessed with all three pregnancies.
I don’t think there’s a single best thing about being a mum – so much of it is so lovely. There are bad bits that go along with it, but from those you learn you can give unconditional love.
I think it’s quite good to not be so focused on yourself. I think as a mother you have to focus on these other little people and that’s really great because you have to help foster their growing up and help guide them as much as you can. Just seeing them become little people who have their own skills, abilities and personalities is really rewarding.
At this point, the lack of sleep is the challenge. But the difference the third time around is that you’re well aware it will only last a short period of time. With the first baby, that’s quite a rude shock; you don’t know how long the sleepless nights are going to last and you just kind of think, ‘Oh my goodness, is this it – is this the way it’s going to be from now on?’, but now I know it’s only for a short period of time. And all the clichés about children growing up quickly are so true. I’m cherishing the lack of sleep because I know that pretty soon she’ll be walking and at school like the other two, so I’m kind of loving this baby stage at the moment.
I’m only going back for weekends initially, but I’m not sure how it’s going to go. My bosses have been really great about it and, because Audrey’s only three months, they said if it is too difficult and it’s not working out just to let them know and to take more time. They’ve been really flexible and kind of put it in my hands. I think I’ll be okay.
I’m breastfeeding, so I think the greatest challenge will be working out when to express and when to feed. But if Audrey’s had a hard night, my hair and make-up fairies will also have their work cut out for them.
WHEN A FEMALE VIEWER CALLED HER BUMP ‘REPULSIVE’
I was more disappointed than offended, to be honest, simply because I was surprised people would really have that attitude. It’s not as though it’s an unusual sight to see a pregnant woman, so I kind of thought we’d moved on from that, to be honest.
Channel Nine is almost like a creche, with all these women who have been pregnant on-air and now have children. Wendy Kingston from Weekend Today was a few months ahead of me, newsreader Davina Smith has just gone off on maternity leave and had her bub…
We get criticism from viewers via email and I usually ignore it, but I just called it out because I kind of thought it’s a natural part of life so there’s no reason to be hiding it. I’m proud of it and I’m proud to be a working mum; I think it sets a really good example for my daughters.
Lindsay and I don’t have time for ourselves at the moment, and that’s okay because I know it won’t be forever. At the moment, life is very much focused on feeding and sleeping. The other two are at school which is kind of great because I’m able to dedicate that time to Audrey. I pop her in the pram and we go for walks to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine. The other two were 20 months apart, so I wasn’t able to spend as much time with Elsa as a new baby. My husband and I will catch up with each other eventually, but right now the kids rule the roost.
I’m proud to be a working mum because I think it SETS A REALLY GOOD EXAMPLE for my daughters.
DEBORAH WEARS Witchery cotton ribbed dress, $139.95; Coco Ribbon ‘Naomi’ tassel scarf, $295; Sambag ‘Rumi’ suede loafers, $170 AUDREY WEARS Yellow Pelota at Kido cotton ‘Country’ blouse, $65, and canvas floral culottes, $55
DEBORAH WEARS Witchery denim shirt, $129.95, and wool waterfall cardigan, $119.95; Zara skinny jeans, $49.95 AUDREY WEARS Yellow Pelota at Kido cotton romper, $79
DEBORAH WEARS Zara blazer, $139.95, striped singlet, $29.95, and skinny jeans, $49.95 AUDREY WEARS Oeuf at Kido cotton bodysuit, $69, and her own booties