“Incredibly hard”: Carrie Bickmore's mixed emotions returning to The Project

“Incredibly hard”: Carrie Bickmore's mixed emotions returning to The Project

The Project’s Carrie Bickmore is back! She returned to the show on Monday night, much to the delight of her fans.

The presenter has been on maternity leave since November last year and returned to the show in a sweet, long-sleeved pink floral outfit.

Bickmore was feeling the nerves as she posted a short but sweet Instagram video saying, “Well, this is weird but strangely familiar.”

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Here we go....see you at 6.30 friends 🎉 @theprojecttv

A post shared by Carrie Bickmore (@bickmorecarrie) on Jul 8, 2019 at 12:41am PDT

Bickmore was quickly right at home back with her old co-hosts on the panel, including Waleed Aly, Peter Helliar and Steve Price.

She admitted that the transition from two to three children wasn’t easy, despite what Helliar had told her.

"It's been full on, being back at work is easy," she confessed on Monday night.

“Our little girl had really bad reflux, which I had no idea what that was and that made the first few months very hard because we couldn’t put her down at all and we didn’t know why she was crying and unsettled,” she said.

"And it has been so incredibly hard."

She also explained her thoughts to The Sydney Morning Herald saying that she has “mixed emotions”.

"I'm looking forward to getting a coffee and being able to drink it before it gets cold, and for the silence of a 20-minute ride into work," she said.

"But I'll be really honest, I have huge mixed emotions about it."

Bickmore said that she has greatly enjoying spending time with her children as she’s been off.

"My children are all really varying ages: I have a son who's about to start high school [Ollie], a four-year-old [Evie] and a six-month-old baby, so their needs are very different," she told the publication.

"I think it's going to be a massive adjustment for me heading back to work. I'll have a little pain in my tummy, but that's the reality of working when you're a parent ... I don't know if you ever feel quite content."