“A BABY IS EVERYTHING WE WANTED”
The first-ever Australian Bachie baby is due soon! We caught up with Sam and Snez before the birth of their much-loved little girl
Snezana Markoski and Sam Wood chat pregnancy and parenthood
AFTER FALLING IN LOVE ON SEASON THREE OF THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA BACK IN 2015, SNEZANA MARKOSKI, 35, AND HER PARTNER, SAM WOOD, 36, HAVE REVEALED THAT THEY’RE EXPECTING A LITTLE GIRL TOGETHER. THE PAIR SAT DOWN WITH PL&S TO DISCUSS THIS EXCITING NEW CHAPTER IN THEIR LIVES, FALLING PREGNANT IN THE MIDDLE OF PLANNING A WEDDING AND HOW SNEZ’S 12-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, EVE, FEELS ABOUT BECOMING A BIG SISTER.
Congratulations to you both! Snez, how different is being pregnant the second time around?
SNEZ: It’s like you’re doing it all over again, because there is a 12-year-gap between both girls, and there are a whole new set of rules, including new dos and don’ts. Everything has changed, so it’s like I am having my first one again.
You’re parents to the first ever Australian Bachelor Baby! Are you going to tell your bub how you met when she’s older?
SAM: Who knows how the world will be by the time she reaches her 18th birthday, but I think it will definitely be a funny story to tell her when she’s old enough to understand everything!
Snez, would you say you’ve had an easy pregnancy?
SNEZ: The first three months were horrible! I was sick day and night, constantly feeling unwell, and Sam had to deal with that. There were days where I couldn’t even get up. Once the first trimester passed I was feeling great! Now I am starting to slow down again, but it’s nothing like those first three months. I don’t remember being that sick when I had Eve!
SAM: Snez was totally couch-ridden – no energy, throwing up. I was thinking, ‘How many days is this going to go on for?’ But almost to the day when the second trimester kicked in, she started feeling better.
SNEZ: I had to set a timer about an hour before I had to pick up Eve from school to find the energy to get up and get ready, and eat something so I didn’t feel like I was going to pass out. It is only a fourminute drive to her school and then four minutes home again. I also had the timer in case I dozed off on the lounge, because I was sleeping so much!
You were both in the midst of planning a stunning European wedding when you discovered you were pregnant. Was it a surprise?
SAM: It was Murphy’s Law. We were trying and we wanted to get pregnant, but it didn’t happen in the first month so we thought as it didn’t happen straightaway, let’s stop and plan the wedding. And then as soon as we started planning the wedding, Murphy’s Law – Snez became pregnant! We had locked in locations for the wedding and everything… Thank god we hadn’t sent out invitations! If we had found
out a month later then we really would have been in trouble. Having a baby is absolutely everything we wanted, more than anything else.
SNEZ: I started feeling a little unwell, but I wasn’t sure that I was pregnant. Shortly after that, I started to get really sick and then I had an idea I could be pregnant. We did a few tests to make sure it was positive. I did one and then I showed Sam, and then I did another one just to make sure.
SAM: I think you might have even done a third just to be totally sure so I didn’t get my hopes up!
Have you had any crazy cravings so far, Snez?
SNEZ: I’ve started to get late-night cravings for sorbet and ice-cream. I have to limit myself to a few mouthfuls, just enough to satisfy the craving and then I’ll go back to bed. But I’ll always include Sam, and ask if he wants to join in!
You’re very kind! Are you enjoying the late-night snacks too, Sam?
SAM: The cravings have kicked in worse than ever! I got woken up at 2.30am on Sunday morning with Snez tapping me on the shoulder, casually asking me if
I was hungry. I was like, ‘Mmm no, I’m not… I am asleep!’ Snez said she thought she was hungry for ice-cream and the next thing you know she’s eating lemon sorbet at 3am, satisfying her craving before hopping back into bed. I woke up in the morning and wondered if it was actually a dream, or whether it really happened. Usually it’s me who has to drive to the store on these occasions. I was lucky that night that we had some lemon sorbet at home!
Sam, do you think you are prepared for a newborn baby?
SAM: I’ve had no experience with babies and, up to this point, I am blissfully ignorant! All of my friends with young kids have this little smile on their faces when they look at me that says, ‘You just wait!’ They say they aren’t trying to prepare me for it but have said to me that it’s going to be tough, but amazing. I’m sure that the excitement will outweigh any sleeplessness that comes with it.
Sam, has having Eve in your life helped you get ready to be a dad?
SAM: I always say that in my life I am surrounded by girls – our household is very girly, but it is very different being a parent to a 12-year-old than a newborn. She’s like my best buddy, and we can hang out like friends. I really love my relationship with Eve, however I don’t think it will prepare me for taking care of my new baby, but it’s going to help me prepare for life as she grows older.
Eve is as excited about having a little sister as we are about having a baby. She had a list when we went shopping for the baby, she’s been looking at Instagram and Pinterest and done loads of research.
Have you guys had a chance to get your nursery sorted?
SAM: We’ve got a guest room in our house, but it’s kind of a junk room at the moment! It’s full of clothes and fitness stuff… And because she will be sleeping in our room for the first six months or so, we haven’t done a big nursery transformation yet.
SNEZ: We aren’t feeling too much pressure yet and we want to really think about what we want to do with her nursery and how to lay it out. I’ve been looking online to get inspiration and right now I’m trying to figure out what I like and what I don’t like. If I see something I like I always run it past Eve and Sam as well. So far it’s going well and we are all agreeing on how we see it coming together – which is good!
We all know you love fashion, Snez. How have you been styling your growing body?
SNEZ: At the moment it’s very comfort-orientated! In the beginning, I was wearing a lot of baggy clothes to hide it and now I am slowly growing out of so much of my wardrobe Things that fit me in the morning are too tight by the evening. I’ve been experiencing a lot of swelling and water retention, so if I am wearing jeans throughout the day that fit fine, by the afternoon I’ve got marks up and down my legs and need Sam to help me take them off!
What about your skin? Has your beauty routine changed?
SNEZ: I’ve had a lot of pigmentation. Melasma and chloasma from my pregnancy. It started as a little bit on my cheek and its spread to both my cheeks now. Lately, I have permanent bronzer on my cheeks! I’m also just using products that are safe for pregnancy and keeping my skincare routine pretty basic.
Fitness is so important to you both, and you’re especially passionate about it, Sam. Have you still been motivated to work out while pregnant, Snez?
SNEZ: Yes! I have still been working out and doing Sam’s 28 program, but with modifications. It’s still got me motivated and I think it is important to find ways to keep active even as I am getting bigger.
SAM: There is a pregnancy-specific program for women that will be available in September to the public, where all the modifications have been made automatically. There’s also pregnancy yoga and Pilates as well as the regular workouts which are designed to make sure you’re not doing any exercises that are unsafe. The program prepares you not only for a good pregnancy, but hopefully a good recovery from your pregnancy, too.
Finally, Snez, are you planning on having a baby shower?
SNEZ: Sam is saying that I should, but I tend to not like being the centre of attention when it comes to things like that. I’d rather go to somebody else’s than mine!
SNEZANA WEARS White Fox ‘Marrakesh’ DRESS, $79.95; Nimble ‘X-Back’ crop SPORTS BRA in Blue Splash, $69, and ‘Lauren’ 7/8 TIGHTS in Blue Splash, $95.
SAM WEARS Jaggad ‘Glacier’ zip panel SWEAT, $99.95, and ‘Iceberg’ TRACK PANTS, $99.95.
H&M lace-up sleeve T-SHIRT, $54.99;
DKNY at The Iconic mesh side panel JOGGERS, $95. SAM WEARS H&M knit JUMPER, $54.99;
Sam’s own JEANS.