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How Miranda Tapsell's complicated 18-month journey to motherhood all began with an unlikely Twitter message

And the amazing moment she knew she was pregnant.

By Maddison Leach
Miranda Tapsell is an incredible, successful, Australian actress, but for the longest time she wanted to add the title of "mum" to her resumé.
With a big extended family, the proud Larrakia Tiwi woman always dreamed of having a little one of her own one day and after meeting husband James Colley - via Twitter DM, of all things - back in 2016, it seemed that her dream wasn't that far off.
The couple fell hard and fast for one another and were married by the end of 2018, but it turned out that falling pregnant wasn't as easy as Miranda had expected.
"I'd spent so long as a young woman learning about contraception and how not to get pregnant, that learning how to fall pregnant was a real shift," she told The Australian Women's Weekly.
"It's not as easy as people think. I got disheartened, it was like, 'no, I'm not pregnant this time. Not this time either'. So, I was at the point where I was quite pessimistic."
She and James spent 18 months trying to conceive through 2019 and 2020, and Miranda was almost starting to lose hope - that is, until she saw those lines on a pregnancy test in 2021.
Discovering she was pregnant in lockdown certainly wasn't what Miranda had planned for, but she and James couldn't have been more overjoyed by the news.
"I came downstairs to tell James and it was the most wonderful thing. We were able to have that moment together and just savour it," Miranda said of that moment.
James added: "And seeing Miranda as a mum is the part that I'm really most excited for."
Their dreams of parenthood became a reality in December 2021, when they announced the arrival of their daughter Grace Birri-Pa Purnarrika Colley!
Now that Miranda's a mum, we're looking back at the incredible journey that brought her and James to this moment.
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