Sunrise star Edwina (Eddy) Bartholomew has opened up about motherhood in a candid new interview.
It comes after the popular presenter and her husband Neil Varcoe celebrated their baby Molly’s first birthday on Saturday with close family and friends.
“The happiest sausage in Sydney turned one today,” Bartholomew wrote on Instagram.
“Happy Birthday, Molly.
“Thank you for being the best Christmas present we could have ever wished for.
“I have so loved being your mum, being perpetually covered in pumpkin and even being so bone-tired at times I felt completely bonkers. Still am and still do.”
Speaking to TV Week, the popular presenter said she hadn’t “had a solid night’s sleep in about a year”.
“And Molly, by comparison, is a fairly good sleeper. But I’m either getting up for her, or I’m getting up for work at 3.30am.”
Eddy said she found motherhood “quite overwhelming” at first.
“Just the all-consuming nature of it – and I was prepared mentally. But I found that first initial stage difficult. I think I was just surprised by the emotion of it all.
“And the love too, and maybe just the love mixed with the exhaustion, the expectation and the pressure to do a really good job of it.”
The breakfast TV personality also spoke about returning to work following six months of maternity leave.
“That was actually really good for me. I love my work; I found it great,” she said.
“Molly is a joy to be around, but it was nice to find something of yourself again. I think lots of women feel that, but maybe don’t feel they can express it.
“I think it’s so rare for women to say, ‘Hey, I’m good at this’,” Bartholomew said.
“But you know what? I’m a really good mum, and Molly’s a really good baby. And we have a really happy family.
“That’s such a huge achievement. I don’t think ‘old me’ would have recognised that it’s a big deal and a great thing to be able to accomplish.”
Read the full interview with Edwina in the latest issue of TV Week.