COSIMA’S BABY JOY Af­ter 10 years on her own, the Aus­tralian Idol star’s wish for a baby has fi­nally come true

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When Cosima De Vito cud­dled her beau­ti­ful baby girl for the first time, her eyes welled with tears. The Aus­tralian Idol su­per­star – who made the top three in the first sea­son in 2013 – had been wait­ing her whole life for this mo­ment and at 11.45am on Jan­uary 31, it fi­nally ar­rived.

“Giv­ing birth was the most beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence,” Cosima, who’s named her baby Amelia, tells Woman’s Day ex­clu­sively. “When the nurses let me hold her, she had her lit­tle fin­gers in her mouth and she was suck­ing her knuckle – it was sur­real. I’ve done a lot in my life, but this is my great­est achieve­ment yet.”

The new mum de­scribes the day as “per­fect”, but it wasn’t all smooth sail­ing for the 41-year-old. Dur­ing her long and ex­cru­ci­at­ing labour, which fi­nally ended in an in­duc­tion, the only things get­ting Cosima through the pain were her hus­band Gus De Ro­ma­nis, 53, and her dream of a wa­ter birth. But af­ter dip­ping her toe in the spa, she knew im­me­di­ately some­thing wasn’t right.

“I re­ally wanted a wa­ter birth but I couldn’t stand the feel­ing when I was sub­merged,” she ex­plains. “It was hor­ri­ble! I was re­ally up­set be­cause I’d been build­ing it up in my head for nine months.”

Dev­as­tated her plans had to be changed, Cosima and her hus­band of three years, who is a butcher by trade, jumped at the op­por­tu­nity of Gus hold­ing a mir­ror dur­ing the birth, so they could both see their child be­ing born in real time.

“Gus was scared to watch her come out, but as soon as I said, ‘ You’re a butcher, for God’s sake!’ he was ready to go,” says Cosima with her trade­mark huge smile. “It was the most ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence to watch it hap­pen.”

Sin­gle for 10 years but des­per­ate to be­come a mum, the Perth-born singer had pre­pared her­self for a fu­ture as a sin­gle par­ent – and had even made an ap­point­ment at an IVF clinic – un­til she met Gus. Now Cosima feels like she’s the luck­i­est woman in the world.

“I’ve al­ways loved chil­dren and it’s been one of my big­gest dreams to have one of my own,” she says as she cra­dles her lit­tle daugh­ter in her arms. “There was noth­ing that was ever go­ing to stop me from giv­ing birth!”

Now three months old, Amelia is a dream baby, rarely cry­ing and of­ten gig­gling... es­pe­cially when her mum sings to her!

“When she was in my tummy, I would sing to her ev­ery day – and since she’s been born, it’s con­tin­ued. Her face lights up and she smiles at me when she hears my voice,” the dot­ing mum says. “I want her to grow up with mu­sic in her life. It’s some­thing that will sup­port her dur­ing hard times and will al­ways be there for her.”

With Amelia grow­ing and chang­ing ev­ery day, her par­ents have started think­ing about what she’ll be like in 10 years. De­spite hav­ing a chart-top­ping ca­reer in mu­sic, Cosima isn’t too fussed if her daugh­ter doesn’t have a set of pipes like hers.

“It would be beau­ti­ful if she was into mu­sic as much as I am, but I don’t care if she can’t sing, it doesn’t bother me. I would def­i­nitely love her to learn an in­stru­ment, though. I hope she gives the vi­olin or piano a go.”

And while they cer­tainly have their hands full at the mo­ment, Cosima and Gus are al­ready talk­ing about a sec­ond baby!

“We would love to have a lit­tle baby boy but if I can’t be­cause of my age, that’s OK,” says Cosima. “Ei­ther way, my life is com­plete.”

‘It’s been one of my big­gest dreams to have a child of my own’

Amelia (pic­tured far left with dot­ing dad Gus) loves to hear her mum Cosima sing! With 2003 fi­nal­ists Guy Se­bas­tian, Paulini, Shan­non Noll and Rob Mills. Reach­ing Idol’s fi­nal three, she with­drew due to throat nod­ules.

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