Olympian athlete Jana Pittman has posted a raw and very real message to her Instagram followers about a challenging few weeks.
“Today is hard… you guys know I try to own my truths and share my life, warts and all… but today I definitely feel a little rocked emotionally… cried pretty hard!” she wrote on Monday.
She shared that one of her sons, Charlie, had a febrile convulsion overnight.
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“I got up hoping one of my au pairs could help me with the other kids… but the house was empty of adults…” Pittman said, before explaining more about the background to the story.
“My au pair of several months gave me notice two weeks ago that she wasn’t happy.”
Pittman explained that her final shift was supposed to be on Monday, ending with a “goodbye dinner” that the Olympian had planned.
“I had tried to make her feel welcome but somehow I fell short,” she admitted.
“We found another seemingly lovely girl who arrived on Thursday and I tried particularly hard to spend time with her and make her welcome… again clearly not…
“I woke today to find both girls left in the middle of the night, no note, no message, no goodbye to the kids, and an untidy room with a bin overflowing with rubbish… heartbreaking!”
The Olympian-turned-doctor said that being a “solo” parent to six kids is “so tough with all the other crazy things I have on”.
She went on to refer to the photo she posted which was a selfie besides the inspirational quote: “Smile at the obstacle for it is actually a bridge”.
“I believe we can achieve many things in life but when your village crumbles around you, the only way out is to build a bridge… hence the quote!” Pittman went on.“Back to the drawing board to find new family support!
“Thankfully I do have my mum, a wonderfully Fijian nanny that helps and my Au Pair from last year is coming back @issainaussie later this year wahoooo; but 6 kids and me absent with work is tough for anyone!“So for the next few weeks, it’s going to be hard!!! We will be in survival mode 🤪.”
Followers were quick to take to the comments, offering support and words of encouragement.
“I hear you, Jana.. it does get easier as they get older but this has been my life for years. 6 kids is tough. They always need a part of you,” one said.
“Oh Jana, you are tough and your resilience shines through!” another said.
“My goodness are those beautiful kiddos of yours lucky to call you Mum and have the most incredible role model to look up to – hard times and all.
“Go easy on yourself today! The sun will rise tomorrow, and it’ll be a new day.”
“Omg Jana what a heavy load you have on your plate. I really hope someone else reaches out to offer support because you absolutely deserve all the help you can get!” a user wrote.
Pittman’s oldest son was welcomed with ex-husband Chris Rawlinson, her second and third children were via sperm donation and her three youngest children were with her husband Paul Gatward.
Several commenters asked where Gatward “was in all this? He’s a parent also, you cannot possibly carry the load”.
“He tries but now that we don’t live together his work commitments make help very hard,” Pittman responded.
Following an outpouring of love, Pittman shared another message about how she was planning to move forward.
“I agree time to back off a little and my amazing hospital has offered me part-time next year (amazing as a 1st year reg) but then when I go full time at least the twins will be 4!” she said.
“I will then stop the extra speaking gigs but for now they pay the bills! It’s a juggle! Thank you all again.”
Pittman is a qualified doctor in women’s health at Sydney’s Blacktown Hospital, working towards becoming an obstetrician-gynecologist.
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