It’s hard to imagine Libby Trickett screaming at anyone. The former Olympian with the best smile in Australia.
But she did.
And perhaps most surprising of all, it was at her eight-month-old daughter.
Libby shares how she made it through new motherhood on the latest episode of I Don’t Know How She Does It:
It was her lowest point. She was a new mum and she hadn’t slept for longer than 45 minutes since her baby, Poppy arrived.
“I ended up yelling at her, literally at the top of my lungs for about 15 minutes straight. And that was when I really realised I needed to get help.
“So, that took shape in two ways. [Firstly], I had to go and see my GP to get a mental health plan in place, see a psychologist and [secondly] put things into place that allowed me to get space for myself to nourish myself as an individual”.
Libby didn’t come undone quickly. After the arrival of her daughter, slowly, she arrived at tipping point.
“I developed a temper and this anger that I never knew existed in me.
“I’m not naturally an angry person. Yes, I’m passionate, yes I’m fiery and competitive and all of those sorts of things but I’ve never been angry … I was so resentful of the fact that she wasn’t letting me sleep and I had no space from her because we were co-sleeping all night and then she was tired because she was waking every 45 minutes, too … it felt like we weren’t connecting the way I really wanted to.