I became a mum at 22 and had another at 41 – I was only just getting my life back
BEING a mum is the best job in the world – but that doesn't mean we don't fantasise about the day our kids turn 18 and don't need us to be at their every beck and call.
But rather than take a backseat as her eldest daughter hit adulthood, mum Alex Fevola decided to go all the way back to the beginning and have another baby.
Speaking on the No Filter podcast, the Australian businesswoman explained how she was only 22 when she welcomed Mia.
Shortly after she gave birth, Mia's father passed away and Alex met her now husband footballer Brendan Fevola three years later.
Describing how she was out for dinner with a friend when she laid eyes on Brendan, Alex said: "I think actually Mia was the reason we connected straight away.
"She loved him and he's very good with children. It was a big tick straight away."
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As such, Alex said they became the "perfect trio" and she married Brendan in 2005.
Shortly after, they welcomed daughter Leni – but separated after Brendan famously had an affair with model Lara Bingle.
However, the pair managed to patch things up and went on to have their second daughter – 11-year-old Lulu.
In 2018, Alex and Brendan discovered they were expecting a third child together – almost 20 years after she welcomed Mia.
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Recalling the moment she found out she was pregnant at 41, Alex said: "I can't even begin to tell you how surprising that was."
What's more, the mum says it was a scary prospect to look after another baby just as her girls were getting more independent.
She continued: "I had just got my kids to all be at an age where they were very self sufficient.
"[I was] just getting my life back as far as having a lot more freedom, not having to worry about babysitters, and not having separation anxiety."
That said, the mum says her and Brendan have "savoured every moment" with three-year-old Tobi because they know she'll be their last child.
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She added: "I feel really grateful that I've had that experience a bit later on in life because it's definitely felt different.
"You love your children the same but the experience has felt different being an older parent."
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