Serena Williams is a powerhouse of a woman. It seems that she can crush just about anything that stands in her way.
It’s no surprise that motherhood hasn’t been any different. After a stressful pregnancy and a delivery that almost cost her her life, the tennis superstar gained perspective on life and the things that truly matter. As baby Alexis Olympia nears her second birthday, it seems Serena’s priorities are clearer than ever.
Serena takes the working mom grind to a whole new level. She continued on with her tennis career despite a series of setbacks, but there’s much more to what she does.
She’s also an author, an activist, and an entrepreneur, and she has her own clothing line. It can’t be easy to juggle all of that responsibility, but it’s life for the 37-year-old. The one thing that Serena is adamant about in her day-to-day life is time with Alexis Olympia. In fact, Serena hasn’t spent a day away from her little girl since the day she was born.
Serena Williams has taken on a lot in her lifetime. She is one of the greatest tennis players to have ever graced the court, beginning her training at just 4 years old.
Serena began to compete professionally at 16. Since then, she’s grown to become one of the most powerful and decorated people to have ever played the sport.
Serena is more than just tennis, however. She’s a role model, an entrepreneur, an author, and a mother, and she even has her own clothing line.
Serena is also an activist, standing up against racial and gender inequality. She has become more outspoken on these issues since becoming a mother.
Serena gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, on September 1, 2017. Two months later, she and fiancé Alexis Ohanian tied the knot.
Motherhood has been both an empowering and humbling experience for Serena.
“I’m a super hands-on mom,” she told People. “I am with her every day since she was born. We haven’t spent a day apart.”
Serena first talked about not spending time away from her daughter in a Vogue interview where she revealed she’d had a pulmonary embolism and other health complications following Olympia’s birth.
“We’re not spending a day apart until she’s eighteen,” she joked.
With such a busy schedule, the change hasn’t been easy for Serena. Still, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Olympia will turn 2 this September. Serena’s own mother has warned her about the terrible twos, as she told People: “My mom just told me that [Olympia] is gonna be in a ‘Terrible Two’ phase and she’s like, ‘It’s gonna be fun for you’ and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, what does that mean?'”
She admits that her daughter does throw the occasional tantrum, but that as a mom she feels it’s all part of the experience of learning and growing. Serena explained that “she definitely falls on the floor and has fits and she doesn’t understand. I’m learning a lot about kids and it’s really amazing.”
Instead of getting angry with Olympia, Serena tries to be sympathetic to what her daughter is going through.
“They’re just kids who can’t really communicate and they don’t know how to — they’re so close and they want you to understand what they’re saying,” she notes. “And you don’t get what they’re saying, and then they fall on the ground and they don’t know what else to do.”
Watching her daughter struggle to communicate at times has given her a new perspective on human development.
“I feel sorry for them because I’m like, ‘I’m trying to understand what you’re saying,'” Serena explains, “and they literally learn our whole language — they learn everything from scratch — and we don’t learn their language, they learn ours.”
Still, motherhood has had its frustrating moments for Serena. She tweeted about missing her daughter’s first steps while she was at a practice and crying about it afterward.
Serena is learning a lot as a mom, and it’s clear she wants to be the best version of herself possible for her daughter. Navigating the pitfalls isn’t easy, but Serena is taking it day by day and doing a great job along the way.