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Rosie-tinted glasses Rosanna Davison says she's 'not ever trying to look like Superwoman' as she juggles busy family life

CF Ireland ambassador and former Miss World Rosanna Davison tells us how her life has changed forever now that she's raising three little miracles during the pandemic


Rosanna Davison

Rosanna Davison

Rosanna Davison

Former Miss World Rosanna Davison (36) may always come across as pristine and poised on her Instagram page - even though she is the mum of newborn identical twins and a toddler in the middle of a pandemic.

However, the daughter of singer Chris de Burgh recently showed the difference between Instagram and 'reality' when she posted a picture of herself in a stunning purple dress and black high-heeled boots, while in the second she has her hair tied back and is cuddling her twin boys Hugo and Oscar.

The author of Eat Yourself Fit and proud mum says: "I certainly do not feel like Superwoman - and don't ever want to look like it either."

Along with the social media snaps, it was Rosanna's honesty about her struggles to become a mum (after 14 miscarriages), her heartbreak which was so raw, and her delight in Sophia, who was born through gestational surrogacy, that made her more human to her followers and more like the rest of us.

The two boys, Hugo and Oscar, were conceived naturally last November after years of fertility struggles. Their big sister Sophia is only one. As a mum of twins myself, I asked Rosanna about how she felt when she saw those two dots on the scan - and how she thought she would manage rearing twins in the juggle of all juggles - unless of course you are the parent of quads.


Rosanna pictured when she was pregnant with the twins, alongside husband Wes and baby Sophia

Rosanna pictured when she was pregnant with the twins, alongside husband Wes and baby Sophia

Rosanna pictured when she was pregnant with the twins, alongside husband Wes and baby Sophia

Mag+: Do you worry that you will sometimes appear like Superwoman?

RD: I certainly do not feel like Superwoman and don't ever want to look like it either. It is incredibly tough to look after a toddler and two newborns while keeping on top of the housework, making meals and trying to keep up with my work commitments.

I must be super organised and almost every part of my day is planned out now, so I've got much better at being efficient and managing my time. But it's a struggle to get everything done each day and I don't want anybody to think that I'm finding it easy.


The proud parents at the birth of their identical twins Hugo and Oscar

The proud parents at the birth of their identical twins Hugo and Oscar

The proud parents at the birth of their identical twins Hugo and Oscar

Mag+: When you found out you were having twins, were you overwhelmed? Were you ever afraid you couldn't handle it?

RD: It was definitely a huge surprise and shock to see those two tiny beating hearts at my scan, and then to call Wes and let him know the news. He couldn't believe it either. But we had become so used to disappointments and pregnancy losses that I don't think either of us believed it would really happen.

I was 27 or 28 weeks pregnant when I finally started to believe that we'd actually have twin boys, but I tend to believe that I can handle whatever life throws at me, so I didn't allow myself to feel too overwhelmed. I'm a positive person and always hope for the best.

I learn as I go and every pregnancy and baby is different, so getting to know your own child and trusting your instincts, that tends to be my approach to parenting.

Carrying two little humans is tiring but such an incredible experience, and I feel very lucky to have had it.

Mag+: Of all the precious memories, what was your 'OMG, is this my life' moment?

RD: The day we brought Hugo and Oscar home to meet Sophia and their grandparents was definitely one of those moments.

It was such a special and overwhelmingly emotional day, and it was the first time seeing our three babies together in the same room. I think we both realised the huge responsibility we have towards these three little humans and the fact that our lives have changed irrevocably.

Mag+: What surprised you most about pregnancy?

RD: I was amazed by how quickly my bump grew big! By 28 weeks I could barely walk upstairs and had to spend a lot of the day resting. I couldn't carry Sophia around or stand for more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time.

Mag+: Do you find yourself wishing the time away?

RD: Sometimes I do think that things will get easier once they're six months and their colic improves, because we've had a difficult time with reflux and colic.

I love the newborn stage - but it only gets better as they grow and develop. We absolutely love the stage that Sophia is at, learning to walk and saying random words.

Mag+: Pre Covid, your house would usually be bustling with friends helping out - do you miss that?

RD: We really miss sharing this precious time with our friends and family, and it's not the way I imagined our first couple of years with our babies to be. But we also feel very lucky that Wes is at home full-time and we have this family time together.

Mag+: When you go for a walk, do people say encouraging things to you?

RD: People are always interested in our double pram and smile when they see Sophia in her pushchair. But we haven't been out and about at all. I'm lucky if I get to leave the house twice or three times a week.

Mag+: What is the best thing a mum can hear?

RD: I think it's so important to encourage mums and tell them that they're doing a really good job. Being a parent can be so challenging at times, so any bit of support is really welcome.

As a mum, you can only do your very best and, ultimately, what your children need most is your love, patience and time.

Mag+: What are your mum and dad like with the kids? Does your dad sing to them?

RD: My parents absolutely love their grandchildren. They spend a lot of time with them and I couldn't have coped without my mum's advice and support.

My dad sings to Sophia and she loves it!

Mag+: Does Sophia seem big now?

RD: I couldn't believe how big she looked beside her brothers when we introduced them all, yet she's still a little toddler, too. Looking after the twins is very time-consuming, but I make sure to spend loads of time just with her so that she knows how loved she is.

Mag+: Finally, you're an ambassador for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland's 65 Roses Day on April 9, which has now moved online - why did you feel it was so important to lend your support?

RD: People with cystic fibrosis have always been so courageous and inspiring. Never more so than over the past year since the start of the pandemic during which time they have had to retreat from the world to stay safe.

⬤ Cystic Fibrosis Ireland's 65 Roses Day public collections on April 9 cannot proceed because of Covid-19 - but you can still support essential services for people living with CF by donating online at 65rosesday.ie and receiving a digital purple rose to share on social media.

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