By Amy Hunt
The One Show presenter Alex Jones happily welcomed her baby Teddy into her life in 2017, but that doesn't mean that his arrival has come without its difficulties.
41-year-old Alex Jones, who shares baby Teddy with husband Charlie, opened up in a candid admission about the elusive work/life balance, confessing she hasn't always found it easy to get right.
In fact, Alex admitted in Giovanna Fletcher's podcast, Happy Mum, Happy Baby, that she regrets returning to work so soon after giving birth.
The One Show presenter returned to her place on the sofa just three months after welcoming her son. And she's revealed that the transitition was anything but smooth.
She said, "I went back too soon. I was still trying to feed going back to work. After the meeting I'd try and express, then go into the rehearsal, and go back and try and express a little bit more, and my milk was in the fridge with all the food being given to the guests!
"I was like, this is not working, this is a nightmare.
Alex even confessed that trying to feed her newborn and juggling work at the same time meant for some unfortunate accidents live on air.
She said, "I'd sit on the sofa and the titles would start playing and I'd feel this stain start coming through the dress and I'd think, 'Oh no, this is awful'. I thought, 'I really hope people out there will understand what's happened here.'"
The social media backlash however proved difficult for new-mum Alex to bear.
"Of course, you can imagine, there were some comments that were really upsetting to read but there's nothing I could do about it.
"It destroyed my confidence in terms of trying to feed and be back at work. So by four months I had to give in to formula completely. I was combining but it just wasn't working."
Now, presenter Alex Jones still juggles work on the BBC show with being a mum. But she's confessed that being a working mother has also led to her missing some key moments with her baby.
She even admitted to being jealous of her son's nanny, Jess, who cares for Teddy whilst she and Charlie are away.
In her new book, Winging It!, Alex said, "Jess is a brilliant girl and we couldn't do without her. She's wonderful in so many ways and we love her, however there is still that feeling that I want to be doing the things that she's doing with Teddy.
"And it's really tough. I remember the one where he crawled for the first time and she'd sent a video of it to Charlie and I. And both of us were crestfallen, thinking - 'I wanted to see it!'
"It's a reality that all parents face, isn't it? You can't be there 24 hours a day."
Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.
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