Being a new parent is hard, and when baby is around the 6-month mark, most parents are just begging for a break—even if it’s just a day or two. However, new mom and tennis star Serena Williams isn’t about that life. Seriously.
In a recent interview with POPSUGAR, Serena said that she and her daughter Olympia have been together every single day since day one. “I haven’t been away from her; but when I am, I don’t do well, she doesn’t do well, she gets irritated, I get irritated, I get emotional,” she said. “I need to be around her, so I schedule my days making sure I can spend the maximum time with her possible.”
8 reasons why Serena Williams is going to slay motherhoodShe also alluded to this in a recent Instagram post about paperwork she was filling out for Olympia where she replied to the question “Days per week in childcare (not with parent)” with a single word: “Never.” Now, we’re tempted to roll our eyes a bit here considering she’s a celebrity who probably has tons of help with all the things new parents usually have to do on their own once the baby arrives. But Serena actually acknowledges the fact that her being a world-renowned athlete gives her that kind of flexibility and realizes that most parents don’t have that kind of luxury.
“I’m fortunate enough to have a job where I can do that,” she said. “For me, that’s super important. And I know not everyone has that position or has that opportunity, but I feel super fortunate that I do, and I don’t want to take it for granted.” To be fair, Serena has worked hard beyond our wildest imaginations to be the tennis champion she is, so good for her that she gets to reap those rewards by getting to spend more time with her daughter.
As far as her feelings go regarding spending a day away from her daughter, she said she feels great about it considering she’s sure that day is about 17 and half years from now. “I feel like when she’s 18, at college, it’ll be hard for me, but I’ll manage.” Well, we’ll see how that goes once Olympia becomes a pre-teen because let’s be real, Serena may be the coolest, most bad*ss mom around, but no mom is a match for teenage hormones.