Glamour Model Mum, Baby and Me
Alicia Douvall is a glamour model and mum to sixteen year old Georgia and six month old Papaya. Last year we followed Alicia’s addiction to plastic surgery and her tempestuous relationship with Georgia in Glamour Models, Mum and Me. In this follow-up documentary, Glamour Model Mum, Baby and Me, their lives are thrown upside down when Alicia becomes a mother for the second time. Georgia reluctantly goes to America with Alicia during her mock exams to babysit whilst her mum has more cosmetic surgery. Below Georgia gives us the low down on her unconventional relationship with her mum.
The way my mum told me she was pregnant was “Good night honey. Oh, and I’m pregnant.” I thought she was joking as she jokes with me a lot. I felt a mixture of excitement and disappointment. I knew how much she struggled with me and I didn’t know how she was going to cope being a single parent again. Things were completely going to change, and I was not sure if it was for the better.
Her bump seemed to grow very quickly but I knew mum not being with the father meant things weren't going to be easy for us. I told my friends at school and they were all excited, some even bought baby clothes. That took some of the fear away and I will always appreciate my friends for that.
I went for a scan with mum and they told us it was going to be a girl. I could see her arms and legs kicking around and her heart beating strong, and that’s when I fell in love with her. Mum asked me to be there for the birth. I didn’t want to to start with because, as you can imagine, it seemed a scary scenario. What if something went wrong, and what could I do anyway? However I agreed, because she had no one else.
The big day finally came on December 23rd 2011 after nine months of mum feeling fat, teary, happy and apprehensive! At six am we walked to the hospital ready for mum’s planned c-section. Of course with my mum there is always drama; she was in two minds over whether to go ahead with the operation. The doctors told her that if she went into labour over Christmas she might end up having a c-section with a junior doctor. After years of having plastic surgery, a bad scar across her tummy was worse than her fear of child birth!
We sat in the waiting room until they wheeled her in and then it was too late to turn back! Before I knew it I was cutting the cord of this tiny baby who was screaming her head off, but looked perfect. I was amazed and in awe. Christmas day came around and because my mum suffered complications, we ended up spending it in hospital with no decorations or presents and with a cold, horrible hospital dinner, but somehow none of that mattered. My baby sister was the best present we could have had.
Papaya is nearly 6 months old now, and she’s made me realise that I don’t want to have children for a long time. I want to be married and settled and not worried about what tomorrow will bring. My mum is a strong women but I can see that bringing up two kids alone without a steady income is hard and you have to make sacrifices that I’m not sure I’d want to make. I’m planning on going to University to study Drama, English and Biology and hope to be working as a serious actress in the future.
Glamour Model Mum, Baby & Me is on Tuesday at 9pm.