13:55 Wednesday, 11 July 2018
We don’t envy Senena Williams’ schedule.
The arguable greatest tennis player of all time has been training for Wimbledon, alongisde mothering her 10-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
But, the 36 year old took to Twitter the other day, saldy explaining that she had missed her daughter’s first steps due to her busy training schedule.
She wrote: “She took her first steps… I was training and missed it. I cried.”
She took her first steps… I was training and missed it. I cried.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 7, 2018
Mothers and Fathers globally who know the gut-wrenching feeling of missing their child’s “firsts”, and were quick to rally around her virtually online to show her support…
Among them were Chrissy Tiegan:
she is practicing so you can see the real ones. ❤
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 8, 2018
Publicist Jaime Primark:
It doesn’t count until mommy sees it. Nothing counts until mommy sees it.
— Jaime Primak (@JaimePrimak) July 7, 2018
Blogger Jenny Lawson:
When my daughter was a baby my daycare provider said they’d never tell me if she hit a milestone when I was at work. “It’s not her first anything until her momma sees it.” Amen.
— TheBloggess (@TheBloggess) July 8, 2018
Football presenter Alison Bender shared her own story of missing her little one’s first steps as she’s busy working at the World Cup:
Ah Serena. I’m with you there. I’m in Russia at a World Cup. I watched mine take her first steps on a video ? she’ll be proud of you when she goes up (I have to keep telling myself)
— Alison Bender (@alibendertv) July 7, 2018
Overall, it became a lovely thread and talking point, making parents realise that they simply can’t split themselves in two.
Mamas lifting other mamas…this is beautiful…
— Chana Snyder (@chana_snyder) July 8, 2018
Cover photo source: instagram.com/serenawilliams