Sure, countless new mom-and-baby selfies might paint the picture of parenthood perfection, but the reality is that bringing up a newborn baby can also be painfully tiresome work. And, if anyone knows hard work, it’s Serena Williams.
Yes, tennis star Serena, 36, who gave birth to Alexis Olympia in September of this year, is struggling with her little girl’s teething pain — something that is, in her own words, “breaking her heart.” “Teething- aka the devil – is so hard,” she tweeted. “Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable. She cried so much (she never cries) I had to hold her until she fell asleep.”
Teething- aka the devil – is so hard. Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable. She cried so much (she never cries) I had to hold her until she fell asleep. I've tried amber beads… cold towels…. chew on mommies fingers…. homeopathic water (lol on that one) but…… pic.twitter.com/hCRMJ0RhUQ— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) December 17, 2017
“Nothing is working. It’s breaking my heart. I almost need my mom to come and hold me to sleep cause [sic] I’m so stressed. Help? Anyone?”
Nothing is working. It's breaking my heart. I almost need my mom to come and hold me to sleep cause I'm so stressed. Help? Anyone??— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) December 17, 2017
One Twitter user showed Serena her support, saying: “This is every single new parent. We’ve all been there. It is so tough and it is completely okay to want your mom and to want sleep and to want to cry for a hundred years.” Another agreed, adding, “This is when we begin to understand that age old saying “it takes a village to raise a child”. Hugs to you new mommy [sic]. It will get better.
This comes just two weeks after Serena took to social media to express her joy of breastfeeding little Alexis. “Fellow moms: How long did you breastfeed? Is it weird that I get emotional when I even just think about when it’s time to stop [breastfeeding]?”
We feel you, Serena. We feel you.
This post was written by Ellie McDonald. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.