It’s always interesting seeing people you follow on social media in real life.
On Instagram, Phoebe Burgess is beautiful, with the shiniest hair and always immaculately dressed.
In real life, the journalist and TV presenter (oh and wife of Rugby League player Sam Burgess) is beautiful, immaculately dressed and yes, her hair is seriously enviable… but she’s also incredibly warm, doting of her nine month-old daughter Poppy and refreshingly honest about the “exhilarating but exhausting” realities of being a new mum.
Speaking at a recent Johnson’s Baby event, the newly announced Johnson’s Ambassador brought along her mum and sister and even while speaking on the panel, always had one eye and ear out for Poppy. She also smiled, waved and made faces at her niece and god daughter who sat in the front row.
“It is the most exhilarating, amazing, wonderful but exhausting and scary time of your life. I can’t tell you how many conflicting emotions there are in motherhood,” she tells Mamamia.
“There’s nothing that makes you want to go back in time, but you do wish you had slept more before you had your baby!”
While Poppy is the first child for Phoebe and husband Sam, they are surrounded by babies which has proved to be crucial for the new parents.
“Having a support system is like having a massive safety net, it makes me want to have more babies, it makes me enjoy it,” she says.
“It’s been great seeing them grow – my big sister has two children, my brother-in-law George [Burgess] has baby Boston with his wife [Joanne] and then Sam’s eldest brother Luke has Grace who is four. It’s such an amazing thing to watch them grow up together and it’s so cute to see the mannerisms she shares with my side and Sam’s side.”
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