Kate Lawler shares adorable new photos of baby Noa after revealing she was ‘in the darkest place ever’
KATE Lawler shared adorable new photos of her baby Noa after revealing she was “in the darkest place ever” five weeks after giving birth.
The Virgin Radio host posted a collection of pictures of her baby looking incredibly happy as she laid down.
Noa was wearing a bunny onesie as she smiled at something away from the camera.
Further into the collection, Kate shared a picture of her bath time set up for Kate, which included a special bath filled with a turtle toy.
To set the mood, Kate had candles lit across the bathroom.
She captioned the collection: “Two of Noa’s favourite things. Black and white sensory toys and bath time ❤️ #5weeksold”
Kate explained earlier this week how she was in “the darkest place she’s ever been” as she adjusts to being a mum.
The star – whose daughter recently battled an infection in hospital – faced backlash for posting a picture of her two dogs Baxter and Shirley instead of Noa or her own mother.
She wrote: “If you must know, being a mum to a newborn is not the best thing ever right now. It’s broken me. I feel as though I’ve been treading water since February 11th and the last two days I’ve felt like I’m at breaking point.
“I’m not coping well mentally and wish I could be stronger for my daughter. I’m not enjoying what I’m going through, yes I’m struggling and you’re right, I am sad behind the eyes because I’ve always taken on new challenges like a duck to water but this one is testing me & I feel like I’m failing.”
She followed up a day later to thank thanks for their support – and assured them with a T-shirt that read “It’s ok to feel s**t”.
She captioned the post: “I’m absolutely blown away by the response from my last post over the past 24 hours. Initially I felt scared about posting it because of a fear I’d be labelled insensitive or ungrateful but THANK YOU, it was the right thing to do.
“So many people have reached out, sent messages of love, support, advice & understanding. Just because you’ve chosen and been fortunate enough to conceive, carry and birth a little human, it doesn’t mean that it’s all sunshine & rainbows.
“For some it’s dark, stormy & no parent should have to pretend it’s going well when it isn’t. It’s okay to feel shit.
“I’ve been inundated with messages from Mums & Dads telling me they felt like this too (in the newborn days and beyond) but couldn’t admit it to anyone. They behaved like everything was great when it wasn’t & it’s heartbreaking to hear they felt obliged to not speak their truth.
“Big love to every parent old and new smashing it right now, but if you’re struggling, I hope my previous post will encourage more women & men to speak up (especially during the postpartum period) about WHATEVER is affecting their mental or physical health, their child, relationship or anything else making them feel sad, confused, anxious, depressed, scared or whatever.
“Whether it’s to relatives, partners, friends, midwives or health visitors. There are also fantastic charities like @pandas_uk who are there to support families coping with a perinatal mental illness.
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“I actually managed to get some sleep last night & I can’t tell you how much better I’m feeling for it.
“Noa has improved over the last 24 hours too! She is crying less, sleeping a teeny bit more & the GP prescribed baby gaviscon saying her symptoms sound like trapped wind/colic, maybe reflux.
“To my family, friends, everyone who has offered a shoulder to cry on – albeit over the phone/FaceTime, illegal hugs 😂 to walk our dogs, to walk with me, bake cakes, make us food, come over to help out (even though it’s not allowed) you have no idea how much this has lifted me.
“Finally, I can’t read all your messages but hand on heart I appreciate every single one of them, so apologies if you don’t get a reply. I love you all x ❤️”