One of Australia’s funniest women, Celia Pacquola is keeping it real about the early days of motherhood, with a candid glimpse into her first couple of months in the trenches.

Celia and her partner Dara Munnis welcomed their daughter Eleanor Jessica in August, and it’s safe to say that the newborn haze has been rollercoaster for the couple.

“Coming to the end of the newborn (aka screaming potato) phase and these photos sum up a lot of it for me,” Celia wrote in an Instagram post accompanied by photos of her cradling her bub with tears in her eyes, but a smile on her face.

“Happy/sad/exhausted/grateful/scared/exposed/trapped/love locked. Not pictured, incontinence, doubt, GUILT (don’t get me started), flatulence, overwhelm, joy, so much toast, new weird body, identity crisis and MORE. Little miss has started smiling and laughing and the last two weeks have been so much better but shit those first two months were pretty f**ked and everyone who has described the newborn stage to me as ‘tricky’ needs to be sent to understatement jail for 7-10 years.

“I will have much to say about all of this for the next forever, but for now just wanted to shout out the mums who are finding this hard but don’t want to say so.”

Her raw post was applauded by many Australian mums and dads, including fellow comedian Julia Morris, who commented: “It feels like every day is a year … but now the whole thing speeds up. Congratulations on getting through this bit. No one tells the full truth or we wouldn’t have a species.”

Journalist and TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson commented: “Mine are all in their 20s now Celia, but I remember this roller coaster phase like it was half an hour ago. Other mums told me (make that warned me) what it’s like but you never really know until you live it. And just when you think you’re at your wit’s end, they go and give you a great big gummy smile (your kid, no the other mums), and you wouldn’t swap that moment for anything. OK, you might swap it for some decent sleep, but you know what I mean.”

Celia and Dara announced the arrival of Eleanor August 19: “Our mystery guest has arrived,” Celia wrote. “Hello Eleanor Jessica. 3 kilos of wonderful. Thank you to all the incredible staff at @epworthbabies and @dr_stephencole for taking such good care of us.”




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Celia also thanked her photographer partner for his photos, their baby and the love. And, speaking to new mums everywhere, the 39-year-old also shared a snap of her first post-birth meal.

“The last photo is the post birth meal I ordered with an extra slider which makes it look like I ordered a burger for the baby.”

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Celia Pacquola and Rosehaven co-star Luke McGregor

Meanwhile, Dara said, “To all new arrivals … very privileged this week to add Eleanor to the list of incredible women in my life.

“Massive respect to the team at Epworth Freemasons for taking care of us so well and of course, to the incredible @celia_pacquola who has blown my mind yet again.”

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Celia Pacquola and partner Dara Munnis

Celia, who is a regular on Have You Been Paying Attention and was also a former Dancing With The Stars winner, revealed in March that she was expecting her first baby.

“Whoever had ‘Celia gets pregnant’ on their Unprecedented Events bingo card, you can cross it off now. Wild. I’m very happy and yes I miss wine,” she wrote at the time.

We hope you’ve had the chance to have a celebratory vino, gorgeous!

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  • So happy for her. New chapter of her life just started


  • Personally I always loved the newborn phase, but I might have just been lucky.


  • So true! The first few months are something else.. no words cover it. And there is nothing you can do to prepare yourself for it. But it truely does pass and somehow getting into the groove of things and watching your precious babe grow and develop makes it all worth it. Although a full nights sleep really would be priceless!


  • Aw Celia, I’m so sorry Mums are not more honest about the reality of the first few months at least. They are brutal. Sleep deprivation is torture. But sadly, even to explain it doesn’t quite cut it until you truly experience it. And the memory must fade for most, they go back again! Not me though.


  • This too shall pass.
    They grow up so quickly!!


  • What a raw and real read!
    Exactly what I needed to hear as I am in the thick of it with my newborn!



  • Good on her for keeping it real


  • Great that people are now coming out with the truth.
    I feel like a lot of mums who say they got it easy are the ones who struggle the most.


  • I remember feeling like I was on a hamster wheel, but wow, how quickly the years have gone by.


  • A great article. I wish my friends were more real and didn’t sugar coat everything.


  • Needs to be said more often that’s for sure


  • Now magnify all of that and extend it out for the next forever years.


  • Love Celia and love her “realness”. I try to be as honest with my first time mums clients as possible about how challenging it is. Strap yourself in and hold onto each other ????


  • Yep, and it’s not getting any easier. Just different. I have twins. It’s hard. Congratulations to the couple. Hang in there.


  • Love this! Nothing quite prepares you for becoming a parent! People try and warn you about the sleepless nights and the difficult times but until you’ve been through it-you can’t understand! Love being a mum so much! Those smiles and laughs just melt my heart! Congrats Celia and partner!


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