The weekend and night work is quite good for family life
Post-partum health check
I felt awful after Lachy was born, but just thought it was exhaustion from having a baby and working. When he was about eight months old, I was working on Monday
Night with Matty Johns and someone tweeted the show, asking if I had an Adam’s apple. At the time I didn’t think anything of it. A few days later I looked in the mirror and noticed that my throat was swollen. I was having blood tests at the time and they checked my thyroid levels, which were all out. I was diagnosed with post-partum thyroiditis. The doctors said that it comes and goes within 12 months of having the baby. Because I already dealt with it for eight months unknowingly, it was already getting better by itself. This time with Cooper, I knew what to expect. When he was four weeks old I felt this horrible drop, but my tests were normal. At six weeks I had another test, which revealed my thyroid levels had gone haywire again. I’ve been seeing an endocrinologist ever since.
I kept swinging between an overactive and underactive thyroid. So when I was overactive, it made me feel anxious. Your heart races and you lose weight rapidly. Everyone wants to bounce back after a baby, but not like that. It’s not healthy. I was on a hormone rollercoaster. When I was under-active, I was depressed and felt so low. It’s not serious, and it’s something that will resolve itself, but I have to keep an eye out and have blood tests regularly and check in with the doctor a lot.
Managing the juggle
Lachlan was born in late January, so it was quite a short turnaround to be back at work by the time the season started in March. I feel like this time, there’s more going on because we’ve got the all-consuming [Fox League] channel, but I got more time with Cooper as a baby, which was good. I just can’t get enough of him; I guess being a working mum really makes you appreciate the time you have with your kids.
There’s also the mother guilt – everyone tells you that you feel guilty and there are times when you probably feel that you could be doing more.
I wouldn’t say it’s harder, I think maybe it’s more emotional because I’m busier and, with the second one, you don’t feel like you get as much time to appreciate the moments because you’re busy with two children. Every time Cooper goes through a change, I find myself feeling a bit more emotional about it because I feel like I’m behind the eight ball.
I think I wouldn’t be able to leave my children if I didn’t love my job as much as I do, and feel like it supports me. I don’t know if I could go back to a nine-to-five role in another working environment with Cooper being so young. While television can be full-on in so many ways, the weekend and night work is quite good for family life. Not that I get to see my husband very much! But it means we’re sharing the load as opposed to leaving the kids with someone else a lot of the time. I’m trying my hardest to relax, and I don’t mind if everything’s not done in one day. I think that’s what I’m trying to let go of. I’m just trying to embrace the chaos!
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