Australia’s First Lady has opened up about how her life has changed while isolating inside The Lodge with her daughters, mother and mother-in-law.
Jenny Morrison, 52, has been in lockdown for six weeks at the Prime Minister’s luxurious Canberra residence with her daughters Abbey, 12, and Lily, ten.
The girls’ grandmothers Beth, Mrs Morrison’s motherm, and Marion, her mother-in-law, have lived along side the family-of-four while Scott Morrison, 51, manages the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The family will return to Kirribilli House in Sydney in time for the girls to start school again on Monday, but not before the multi-generational household celebrate Mother’s Day together.
Mr Morrison has been tied up with election campaigns and the federal budget in previous years, but Mrs Morrison is hoping this year will be a welcome change.
Jenny Morrison, 52, has been in lockdown for six weeks at the Prime Minister’s luxurious Canberra residence with her daughters Abbey (right), 12, and Lily (left), ten
Prime Minister Scott Morrison pictured alongside his wife, Jenny, and two daughters Abbey and Lily and his mother as he was sworn in at Government House last year
‘This one I’ll actually see him first thing in the morning and I think he will be here all day. I’m very lucky that we can all be together and celebrate. Mother’s Day is a nice time to reflect,’ she told Essential Kids.
But she also revealed the day has been an emotional one for the couple in the past during their 14-year struggle to conceive a baby.
After ten rounds of IVF, Mrs Morrison was diagnosed with endometriosis – a condition linked to higher rates of infertility.
The couple had almost resigned themselves to a life without children when she fell pregnant naturally.
The Lodge is the primary official residence of the Prime Minister of Australia in Canberra
‘Mother’s Day for me – for a very, very long period of time – was a really sad time and I actually really didn’t like it because it just brought up all those things inside of me that were really difficult and that made me sad,’ she said.
‘So when the babies came along, yes, I loved Mother’s Day from then because I could share in it. It was really special, it was a reminder of the journey we had to get these little ones.’
The mum-of-two said her husband cooks better dinners than breakfasts but hinted that she may be lucky enough to be served her first meal of the day in bed.
Like families around the world, the Morrisons filled their days during lockdown with homeschooling, Zoom chats and spending quality time together.
The mum-of-two said her husband cooks better dinners than breakfasts but hinted that she may be lucky enough to be served her first meal of the day in bed
Jenny Morrison is pictured with the Prime Minister on their wedding day. The couple tried to have a baby for 14 years
While there was an adjustment period to life in isolation, the family used the time to plant a vegetable patch and taken long walks by Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin – something Mrs Morrison said she has enjoyed.
‘To be really honest and frank, I’ve really enjoyed just stopping,’ she told Today on Sunday.
‘You had to stop. There was no other choice. It was really nice just to have that time – not running here, running there – getting kids to appointments or sports … it was a really great time to just stop and take time. It was quite peaceful.’
Abbey and Lily are looking forward to seeing their friends again and getting back into their regular routine.
Mr and Mrs Morrison are pictured alongside their two daughters supporting an Australian sporting event
Mrs Morrison previously shared her battle with depression while struggling to balance life as a mother and being thrown into the limelight as the wife of the nation’s leader.
Mr Morrison went into politics just after Abbey was born, but the new mum often found herself taking care of their children while her husband worked.
‘I’ve had 12 years nearly of him not being around and doing that alone and that was really hard and, yes, I suffered and didn’t know why,’ she previously told the Daily Telegraph.
During a visit to the doctor’s office to have a freckle on her leg examined, Mrs Morrison said she found herself venting about her issues and ended up being diagnosed with depression.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison poses for photos with his wife Jenny Morrison and their two daughters Abbey and Lily
She was not treated with medication but found strength in being able to talk to a psychologist. She now describes herself as a staunch supporter of mental health programs.
Mr Morrison’s career has also affected their daughters, who had to learn not to believe everything they hear about their father.
‘The children have to see angry pictures of their dad and they are very well aware – they can read and hear and understand everything – so I have a bit of chat with them and say, “you know that’s not Dad, you know what Dad’s like”,’ she said.
Before Mr Morrison became Prime Minister, the family lived in Cronulla in south Sydney – an area they call ‘God’s country’.