Carrie Underwood covers the November issue of Redbook and gets really real about motherhood in her accompanying interview. The 33-year-old country star, who has a nearly 2-year-old son, Isaiah, with husband Mike Fisher, opens up about feeling "guilty" about her little one's life, which entails traveling on a bus with his famous mom as she performs on her Storyteller tour. "We live on a bus and we're in a hotel room and sometimes we're in the middle of nowhere and it's not so great," she says, adding, "It's not all glamorous." See more of Carrie's candid quotes on being a mom, as well as her plans for having a second child.
- On what she would tell other working mothers: "Ask for help. Accepting help is hard for me, but I'm learning. Sometimes I feel guilty that this is my son's life: We live on a bus and we're in a hotel room and sometimes we're in the middle of nowhere and it's not so great. It's not all glamorous. We have a nanny who helps out, especially when we're on the road. But I'd feel guilty asking someone to watch him at home while I run to the grocery store."
- On how having Isaiah has changed her: "I definitely feel like it's changed me as a person. I'm happier. I'm in a better mood a lot of the time. He'll be watching cartoons and I'll be watching him. I'm completely in love. I love it when he's sleepy and I get to hold him and smell him. He doesn't know I'm staring at him and being all googly-eyed!"
- On having a second child with her husband, NHL player Mike Fisher: "If my husband were at the beginning of his career, I'm not sure we could handle it. Since he's kind of nearing the end and won't be traveling so much, we're like, 'We can figure it out for not that long.' You make it work. When I was pregnant, I thought, 'How am I going to go on the road? How am I going to keep doing my job?' I had to just give it to God and stop worrying about it. Sure enough, we figured it out."
- On how her onstage persona differs from her real self: "I love being onstage, but that's different. That's not Carrie. That's Carrie Underwood. The rest of my life I feel like I'm incredibly disappointing to people. Like if I run into someone at the grocery store, I really don't know what to say because I don't have a microphone in my hand or bling on. They expect me to be 'Carrie Underwood,' but I'm just Carrie. I'm sorry!"