Six months ago, former Olympic swimmer Giaan Rooney welcomed her second baby into the world: a beautiful girl named Alexa Leigh Levett.
Not, the mum of two has shared with her Instagram followers the honest reality of life with two young kids, and explained that just like many other Aussie mums, she struggles with feelings of “mum guilt”.
“I am struggling to get my groove back post the arrival of bub #2 in more ways than one,” the 35-year-old shared with her 21,000 followers.
“I find the days at home with [Lexi] monotonous yet the days I work I miss her like crazy.”
The two-time Olympian said she finds even getting ready for work “stressful”, but then she “loves her job” when she’s there.
"Head all over the shop, rocking the 'Mum guilt' like nobody's business & exhausted with the constant juggling act of life with a couple of kids," she wrote.
"Love them so much I feel my heart could explode! Makes me realise how much pressure we put on ourselves to try & get it all 'right', whatever that is?!"
The mum then went on to thank her "fabulous husband" and "hands-on parents/grandparents" and said she was thankful to have healthy children and "great work colleagues who make me look good".
Giaan's fans thanked her for being open and honest about life as a busy, working mum, with many sharing that they have the exact same thoughts and feelings on a daily basis.
"14 years later I have the same dilemma...take each day at a time and be kind to yourself," one woman wrote.
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Another commented, "You got this, motherhood, mother guilt it's a constant, keep enjoying the small wins".
"Look after you and the family... You got this, even on the crappy, hectic, frantic days, breathe and kiss those cherubs of yours and hubby, cherish those moments and say "go away" to any doubt you may have."
The Olympic gold and silver medalist has never shied away from sharing her 'warts and all' experiences of being a mum.
F*&$ THIS IS HARD. A cute photo for a not so cute situation. Broken. Yep, my beautiful, 10 week old daughter broke me. She has developed all the same bad habits that my Son had, and even with that experience I cannot get Lexi to self settle, link sleep cycles or to sleep in any way without a lot of help. So I'm getting in early and contacted @nataliehermanbabysleep to try and nip this in the bud before I started resenting my child like I did the first time. For the last 2 days the divine Natalie has listened to my problems/concerns, reassured me that I am not a terrible parent, given me guidelines, routines and ideas that will ultimately allow my daughter (and us) to get the sleep we all so desperately need. It is early days. It is going to take time. It will not be a miracle/instant fix. So I will update you as we go, but for now I feel so much better just asking for help and as Natalie said very firmly: IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS. More than anything I want to enjoy my children & enjoy being a Mum because I know they are little for such a short amount of time. So for any parent who is struggling out there, please ask for help, you don't have to do this on your own & know that there are many out there struggling with the same thing! Ok, deep breath, there is light at the end of the tunnel.... #sleepdeprived #sleepconsultant #askingforhelp #babyproblems #natalieherman
In October, the Olympian shared she wasn't able to pick up her baby after injuring her back.
"Can't sit, can't stand, can't lie on my side, can't lie on my back without my legs raised," she shared.
"But the worst is not being able to hold or pick up my baby or give my son a cuddle."
In August, she said she was 'broken' by her ten week old daughter, who was refusing to sleep.
"F*&$ THIS IS HARD," she wrote.
"Broken. Yep, my beautiful, 10 week old daughter broke me. She has developed all the same bad habits that my Son had, and even with that experience I cannot get Lexi to self settle, link sleep cycles or to sleep in any way without a lot of help."
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