Our girl Serena is on a happiness high and it’s becoming very infectious.
From marrying the love of her life and becoming a mother, we are glad to see her happy. Despite declaring that she would take time off playing tennis by withdrawing from the Australian open for 2018 to focus on motherhood.
Today, Vogue Magazine released the latest issue with Serena and her daughter on the cover followed by a 5-page photo spread shot by famed Mario Testino. In it, she talks about motherhood, her delivery story and career.
On her daughter she states:
“We’re not spending a day apart until she’s eighteen,” Serena says, only half-joking. “Now that I’m 36 and I look at my baby, I remember that this was also one of my goals when I was little before tennis took over when I was still kind of a normal girl who played with dolls.
It was not an easy process to deliver little Alexis, though she had an enviably easy pregnancy, what followed was the greatest medical ordeal of a life that has been punctuated by them. Olympia was born by emergency C-section after her heart rate dove dangerously low during contractions.
Motherhood has definitely been an adjustment for her, she explains the rollercoaster it has been saying:
“Sometimes I get really down and feel like, Man, I can’t do this,” she says. “It’s that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. I guess that’s just who I am. No one talks about the low moments—the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry. I’ve broken down I don’t know how many times. Or I’ll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby? The emotions are insane.”
On her career now that she’s a mum, she was a bit torn:
“To be honest, there’s something really attractive about the idea of moving to San Francisco and just being a mom,” she says. Reddit, the news aggregator of which Alexis is a co-founder, is based there, and they’ve just found a house in Silicon Valley. “But not yet. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams. I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately. It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25.” “And actually, I think having a baby might help. When I’m too anxious I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born. Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match. I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don’t need them. That’s a different feeling for me.”
Well, this is so relatable for career women who also want to perfect the motherhood role to a tee, there’s always conflict. Serena is navigating the changes like the pro that she is though. Check her out with her family aka support system below:
Three generations, Alexis is one lucky baby
Happiness is just radiating from her soul, so contagious!
As they say, God’s timing is the best. This woman’s life has played out before our very own eyes in such a beautiful way. Serena Williams Needs A Little Help Parenting, But Where Is Her Bestie Beyonce