Shortly after the birth of one-year-old Adelaide, Carrie was happy to share that the newborn stage is tough.
In one particular Instragram post, which showed a gorgeous smiling image of one-month-old Adelaide, Carrie ran through the checklist of exactly what those previous four-weeks had involved. The list included a bout of mastitis, sleepless nights where she was Googling ‘what is reflux’ at 3am, feeling overwhelmed, struggling with her three year old, Evie, tears of exhaustion and happiness and on the list went.
The 39-year-old Gold Logie star is also quick to point out that she certainly doesn’t have it all together. Often posting images with the captions “Instagram vs Reality”, to prove that the glossy images we often see on social media often tell a completely different background story.
Carrie is refreshing, real and relatable. Scroll on for some of her best family photos and parenting hits and misses.
5yo Evie helps mum in her Beanies 4 Brain Cancer campaign
Carrie Bickmore has raised more than $12 million for vital brain cancer research over the years through her foundation, Beanies 4 Brain Cancer, and now little Evie is in on the gig!
Sharing beautiful images of 5yo Evie and a cast of other children to Instagram, Carrie penned: “KIDS BEANIES 😍on sale JULY 14.
“Brain cancer kills more kids in this country than ANY other disease. The only way to change this devastating statistic is through more research. Grab your beanies on July 14 at www.carriesbeanies4braincancer.com
“Together we can make a difference in the fight against brain cancer 🙏🙌 #carriesbeanies4braincancer”
It’s a later start than usual for the campaign as Carrie mentioned when she shared a video last month, confessing that she and her team struggled to get the beanies into stock after COVID-19 presented them with some “unique challenges”.
“Corona gave us some unique challenges this year,” said the 39-year-old . “But we are so relieved to have found a way to get our beanies on your beautiful heads”.
Carrie began the foundation for a heartfelt reason. Her first husband and father to her 10yo son Ollie, Greg Lange, died of brain cancer in 2010.
In June last year, Carrie told The Australian Women’s Weekly that she still feels Greg’s presence every day.
Carrie, who since went on to share two children with new partner Chris Walker, said Greg will always be an integral part of their family’s lives.
“Anyone who has ever lost someone will tell you that they may not physically be there but they’ll stay in your life forever,” she explained.
“And Ollie is so like him in so many ways. I often think, ‘God, I wish Greg was here so I could ask him how the hell to parent. Surely he’d have some insight.'”
Carrie posted this sweet flashback photo of her with her son, Oliver, 11.
She captioned the pic:
“Missing my boy like crazy this week while he is at school camp. House is so quiet and no arguing with his sister…but…just not the same 😢😢!!! I ended up down a rabbit hole looking at old photos 😍😢 Already dreading when he leaves home! (Although they never leave anymore do they:)))))”
How sweet it is to watch a sisterly bond grow stronger every day?
Addie and her big sis, Evie are just the sweetest.
When Carrie and her hubby attended a dress up party recently the theme was “come dressed as something starting with the letter B”.
Of course, she nailed it!
“Baby shark do do do do do do…”
Carrie spent the summer break with her family, making precious memories at the beach.
Beach fun with daughters, Evie, three and Adelaide, one. But all good things – like holidays! – must come to an end.
“Back at work today and missing these little people already ❤️ Feeling so incredibly grateful for some quality time together,” writes Carrie.
“(But….currently enjoying a hot coffee in quiet, with no teething koala bear in my arms, no one asking me questions and no arguments to break up!🤪 who would have thought a 12 year old and 4 year old would have stuff to bicker over 🤦♀️”
Three kids later and Carrie can still manage a cartwheel. One, two, and…
“Our annual unco cartwheel pic 🤣🤣It honestly looks so elegant in my head 🤪 I love Addie’s face!”
Looks pretty impressive to us!
Two beach babes! And, if like us, you are coveting Carrie’s surf suit, it’s by Rip Curl and you can find it here.
She gets it from her mama! Without a doubt, Evie is Carrie’s mini-me. Look at those smiles!
Five-year-old Evie is growing up so fast! As pretty as a picture, she’s all dressed up to go see The Nutcracker ballet performace with her mama.
The saying rings true: The years are short but the days are long.
How is sweet little Adelaide already a one-year-old!?
With her tribe. “This will be the first and last time I use #blessed but I can’t think of a better phrase right now 💕” Carrie captioned this sweet image.
On December 3, Carrie kicked-off her 39th year with birthday cuddles.
The family that dresses up in costume for Halloween, trick or treats together!
Side note: How good does Carrie look as Elsa!?
Cute but exhausting! “You smile at me baby girl and I forget you’ve been up all night 4 nights in a row 😩💕”
How adorable is that smile? Addie’s first ride in a supermarket trolley. Woot!
Carrie Bickmore’s son, Ollie turned 12 and she wrote the sweetest birthday tribute to him:
Happy birthday to the kindest, most patient and caring big brother. Hit the jackpot with you my beautiful boy. We love you so much. 💕
Carrie is close friends with The Project regular guest host and radio star, Fifi Box.
When the two both had baby girls, they got them together for a little photoshoot.
Carrie captioned this image of her daugher, Addie playfully pulling Daisy’s hair:
“Insta vs reality.”
The working mama juggle is real. Addie visits mum on the set of The Project after she’s called into host on her day off and she has no one to babysit.
Carrie and Fifi Box have four girls between them. “Who run the world?”
A sweet flashback photo to when Carrie was pregnant with Adelaide:
I love this pic so much. 💕 The start of my maternity leave 8 months ago. I was so tired, so sore and just so happy to be home. I am gonna sound old now but it’s all going tooo fast. Slow down life!!! ( I am going to be so sad when Ollie no longer wants to sit around and chat 😢)
I swear this is the reason why they make babies so adorable:
Every time I look at this photo of Addie it makes me forget that she woke on the hour every hour last night. 😩 Will continue to look at it all day!!! ❤️ #needcoffeenow
You can totally see the resembelance! Carrie posted this side-by-side image of Evie and Adelaide both at three months old. Cute!
Motherhood ain’t glamorous! Carrie was applauded when she posted these two image to Instragram with the caption:
INSTAGRAM verses REALITY (swipe right) 🤣
1st pic was taken on a flattering angle, with some props, some casual hand positioning, some clever cropping and a nice little filter added. The 2nd was the real moment captured without my knowledge a couple of weeks after Adelaide was born before I woke up and suggested we take a nice shot. 😜
When her daughter reached her two month milestone, this raw insight into motherhood accompanied the gorgeous, smiling image of Adelaide:
I think it’s fair to say the past 9 weeks have been some of the trickiest of our parenting life. Reflux, feeding challenges, little people dealing with the new world order, school holidays, did I mention school holidays, sleep deprivation, the list goes on but we are getting there. Dad’s been amazing, kids have been incredible, and mum’s been a bloody rockstar 🤣 Who said the third child was easiest!!😩Thankyou to all the people who reached out on insta and reminded me to stop and sniff her little head, stare into her eyes, cuddle her and enjoy the middle of the night feeds because it goes so fast. It really does. If you are in the middle of it all yourself, you are not alone ❤️
Adjusting to life with a newborn is tough. Even if you’ve been there and done it before.
Here’s Carrie’s honest review of her first month with Adelaide:
1 MONTH OLD TODAY!!
Googling ‘what is reflux at 3am?’ 👍
Late night pram walks 👍
Conflicting advice given 👍
Struggle with existing 3 year old 👍
Hours spent staring at Adelaide 👍
Feeling overwhelmed 👍
Feeling like it’s all going to be ok 👍
Eating meals with 1 hand 👍
Witching hour is witching 4 hours 👍
Tears of happiness 👍
Tears of exhaustion 👍
Surviving on 4 hours broken sleep 👍
A trip back to hospital with mastitis 👍
Getting 5 mins to myself 👎
Bursting with love and gratitude 👍
A sweet appreciation post from Carrie to both her husband and all those who are available to provide support to new mamas:
While I rest Chris looks after Adelaide, wrangles a cray cray 3 year old, folds the clothes and entertains a bored 11 year old …#DomesticGod #Fatherhood. You can tell I am feeling grateful today…it would be so hard without support…grandparents helping out, and friends dropping off meals. Thanks to everyone helping us get through these early days. ❤️❤️
On December 9, 2018, Carrie announced the birth of her third child:
Welcome to the world little ADELAIDE (or Addie as your siblings have already started calling you 💖) We are absolutely besotted with you 😍