Williams experienced every parents’ nightmare on a recent flight and wanted to hear from other parents who’ve been there
Motherhood is amazing. It’s also overwhelming, scary, frustrating, wonderful, and tiring. And sometimes, on our worst days, it’s also nice to know someone else has walked in your shoes. Today, that someone is none other than Serena Williams, who posted a call to all mamas to share their stories after a particularly challenging day — and the responses will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.
“Kids humble us,” the mother of daughter, Olympia, wrote on Instagram. “The other day on a flight home Olympia insisted on running up and down the aisle and when I finally got her to sit still, she threw up all over me. #ThisMama would love to hear your stories of motherhood.. even ones like this!”
Kids humble us. The other day on a flight home Olympia insisted on running up and down the aisle and when I finally got her to sit still, she threw up all over me. #ThisMama would love to hear your stories of motherhood.. even ones like this! Share and tag them with #ThisMama. pic.twitter.com/9N5duB2M3t
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) August 26, 2018
Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, became parents in September 2017 when they welcomed little Alexis Olympia. Since her birth, they’ve been sharing sweet moments with her and it’s impossible not to adore this child, puke and all.
Fortunately for Williams when she asked for stories with the hashtag #thismama, the internet didn’t disappoint:
One of my sons used to ‘paint’ with his own poo. He would wake from a nap, totally silent, remove his diaper & finger paint all over his toys and cover the wheels of his toy cars in poo, then make poo tracks all over his cream walls. Be thankful for a little vomit 😉 #thismama— Sarah Ockwell-Smith (@TheBabyExpert) August 26, 2018
Pooped in the bath yesterday- with the biggest smile on her face😭🤦🏻♀️. Being a mom is no joke, biggest challenge and the highest level of rewarding possible. Wouldn’t change a thang! #ThisMama pic.twitter.com/8GCFZj2wXf— Big Mama E🦒 (@erinsterrr) August 26, 2018
Love your ❤️. Ur a wonderful mother! My story: Thug the Younger was two, family on overnight flight to France. He's the only one on plane fully awake. Attendant offers a sip of wine to help him sleep. He spends next eight hours screaming "WINE". #ThisMama— Gigi Levangie Grazer (@GigiLevangie) August 26, 2018
#ThisMama had to yell “you don’t wear rollerblades while climbing a tree!”— Karen Weinrich (@weinrik) August 26, 2018
Williams has always been open about her struggles with motherhood. After she went back to work, she openly shared her frustrations with missing major milestones and how hard it is to be a working mom. She’s also not shy about asking for advice — and why not — she has millions of fans (and moms) who’ve come before her. Why wouldn’t she seek out others during a time when we’re all at our most vulnerable?
Williams announced her pregnancy in August 2017, saying, ““My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait for you to join the players box next year.”
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My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can't wait to meet you. I can't wait for you to join the players box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you…. once again today. On @alexisohanian bday. 😉 from the world's oldest number one to the world's youngest number one. -Your Mommy
Even though she’s a world class athlete and celebrity, it’s nice to know at the end of the day she’s a mom, just like us. A mom who is secure enough to share the highs along with the lows and who ends up chasing her kid around an airplane full of strangers, apologizing profusely for all the havoc they create.