Carrie Bickmore says she didn’t sleep for 3 weeks after birth of third child

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When Carrie Bickmore and partner Chris Walker welcomed baby Adelaide together last year, the mum-of-three assumed that she’d take it in her stride. The couple already had plenty of experience parenting four-year-old daughter Evie and son Ollie, who is eleven. They figured things would simply fall into place.

How hard could it be?

But their little girl – who they call Addie – had other ideas. Well, to be fair, she had some health challenges which made being a no-fuss baby pretty difficult.

The now six-month-old was suffering from reflux, but it took a little while to figure that out. In the weeks before her diagnosis and resulting treatment, Carrie really went through the wringer.

“I think, arrogantly, I was like, ‘I’ve had two, it can’t be that hard to have another one,'” Carrie said in an extensive new interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly.

“By then there’s already chaos, there’s already mess, so what’s adding another one? But it was pretty full on. And it certainly challenged me in ways I didn’t know were possible.”

“I literally couldn’t put her down”

Addie’s reflux meant she wasn’t feeding properly or settling … or even sleeping. The days were a fog of projectile vomit and exhaustion, which Carrie told the AWW had her wondering if she was suffering from postnatal depression.

Once Addie’s diagnosis and reflux treatment made feeding easier, Carrie hoped it would be smooth sailing. But it really wasn’t.
“I realised I didn’t have enough milk and I had to wean her, which I hadn’t really thought about because I’d been fine before – I mean, with Ollie I could have fed an entire nation,” The Project anchor explained.
“But this time I didn’t. So she was hungry and she wasn’t putting on weight which is stressful. We had about three or four months of navigating her putting on weight and then the feeding.”

You get what you least expect

Eventually, things turned a corner, and Addie and Carrie BOTH began to thrive.
“It’s great now, but it was just nothing like I was expecting,” she admits.
Carrie’s keen to speak openly about how hard being a mum can be, especially in an Instagram age where the illusion of perfect parenting is being so heavily pushed.
You can read the full interview at The Australian Women’s Weekly.


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