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

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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.

Un­der wraps

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.

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