Every mom knows the struggle of juggling a family life with accomplishing other goals. There are jobs to be done, errands to run, and completely reasonable desires that don’t always fit neatly with having a young child.
Now imagine all of those stressors everyone faces, and then scale them all up to what the most iconic women’s tennis player in history must be feeling.
Serena Williams has been wonderfully open about both the highs and lows of her experience as a first-time mother. Little Alexis Ohanian is the most adorable baby on Instagram at the moment, and you can tell that if Serena had a choice, she’d spend every second of every day with that ball of joy. But there is training to be done, endorsements to earn, and tournaments to win. More than almost any other woman on the planet, Serena is pulled in a million different directions on a daily basis.
Well, once again the tennis phenom is dishing about a recent rough patch. Scroll down to see both the brutal honesty and the words of support from fans.
No one’s doubting for one second that Serena’s not a brilliant mother.
Little Alexis only competes on Mommy’s Instagram with photos of her from advertisements and competitions. To say this child isn’t the center of Serena’s world would be absurd.
But as adorable as that toddler is, Mommy is busy being a role model and dominating the sporting world.
Because c’mon, someone’s got to pay for all those toys!
But that doesn’t mean her work schedule isn’t taking a toll on Serena.
It’s not the first time Serena’s been open about her struggles on social media, but this might be the most candid.
“Last week was not easy for me,” she wrote in the emotional Instagram post. “Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom.”
“I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal.”
“It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby… We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be.”
Then the message really starts to hit…
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