Lara Pitt: Being a working mum really makes you appreciate the time you have with your kids
The Fox Sports journalist and television presenter tells how she juggles work and family life
FOX SPORTS JOURNALIST AND TELEVISION PRESENTER, LARA PITT, 35, LEADS QUITE A HECTIC LIFE. DURING THE NRL SEASON, YOU’LL FIND HER COVERING THE RUGBY LEAGUE ON TV SHOWS MONDAY NIGHT WITH
MATTY JOHNS AND MORE RECENTLY, LEAGUE LIFE. WHEN SHE’S NOT DISCUSSING THE GAME’S BIG ISSUES, SHE’S A WIFE TO FASHION LABEL FOUNDER, ANTHONY, 37, AND MUM TO TWO GORGEOUS BOYS, LACHLAN, TWO-AND-A-HALF, AND COOPER, SIX MONTHS. Helping hands
I’d say I’m quite organised and like to be in control. With a baby, it’s probably impossible but, as much as I can, I wanted to get into a routine and I found something that worked for me. I used a sleep program designed by Jennifer Hamilton, and she’s got an app called WOT Baby. So Jen helped us to establish a routine, and I had both my boys on her routine from six weeks old.
We’ve been very lucky to have two really good sleepers and I feel like it’s because I’ve been pretty set and structured. I stayed home for the first three to four months. They did the same things every day. Now that they’re at different ages – Cooper is sleeping three times a day and Lachy is still sleeping once, you feel like you’re on a rotator belt; one’s awake and then the other one’s asleep. That’s definitely been a challenge!
(Almost) smooth sailing
I was unwell for the seven- to 13-week mark with Cooper, which was similar with Lachy. I think the second time was a bit worse, probably because I had Lachy to run around after. I wasn’t physically sick, just had morning sickness. I was one of the lucky ones. When I’m pregnant, I feel really well and quite energetic. It’s usually just after the pregnancy when I crash.
It was so easy to keep news of my pregnancy from the men I work with, because they have no idea. If I worked in an office with women, I would’ve had a terrible time trying to keep it a secret because women are just onto it straight away.
Our network stylist, Amy, was wonderful with the wardrobe, given she was a mum herself. I wore things that made me feel comfortable, including maternity jeans and loose tops. I love seeing pregnant women on television. With hair and make-up, and everyone that helps you, they make you feel amazing, so the only time I ever felt funny was if there was a really wide camera angle. At the end, everyone knew that I was pregnant, there was no hiding it.
What’s in a name?
If you have watched the show, the boys love to make fun of the surname Pitt. They’d suggest names for me, like Arm Pitt and Cess Pitt, which made it hard to think of many nice, feminine names! Cooper was a name I have loved for so long, and Anthony ended up bringing it back into the equation when we were looking at names for baby number two.