Since welcoming her daughter Alexis Olympia in September, Serena Williams has not held back about how much she loves being a mother. But unlike any of her opponents on the court, Serena is struggling to tackle one of the early challenges of motherhood, and she's asking the internet for help. The tennis champion recently took to social media to vent about her daughter's teething because "nothing is working." She even said "I almost need my mom to come and hold me to sleep cause I'm so stressed. Help? Anyone??"
Teething- aka the devil - is so hard. Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable. She cried so much (she never cries) I had to hold her until she fell asleep. I've tried amber beads... cold towels.... chew on mommies fingers.... homeopathic water (lol on that one) but...... pic.twitter.com/hCRMJ0RhUQ— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) December 17, 2017
Nothing is working. It's breaking my heart. I almost need my mom to come and hold me to sleep cause I'm so stressed. Help? Anyone??— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) December 17, 2017
Just like she recently did when the new mom had questions about breastfeeding, Serena sourced the internet for help. Immediately, the responses poured in with helpful teething tactics and others just offering some parenting advice to the all-star athlete. While no parent ever wants to see their child in pain, it's incredibly reassuring to know that the internet is always here to help, and yes, even a 23-time Grand Slam champion has a million questions about motherhood.
On Instagram, parents shared their helpful teething tricks, including frozen dill pickles, frozen pacifiers, slices of honeydew melon, and more. Below, see the reassuring responses from social media, and if you're a parent with a teething tot, check out these soothing remedies.
This is every single new parent. We’ve all been there. It is so tough and it is completely okay to want your mom and to want sleep and to want to cry for a hundred years.— Relly “may or may not be notable” AB (@RellyAB) December 17, 2017
People rarely talk about how heart breaking being a new parent is. 11 months in almost and every time I struggle to get her down for a nap I feel like a failure, like this is it!— The Pastor’s Husband (@liamrulz) December 17, 2017
We need to be reminded we are good enough to be great parents https://t.co/sv218ivqL7
Do get your mom Serena, she’s literally being there and done that. She is probably the best help you can get at the moment. This stage will pass. it gets better, promise.— Dr. Amina Ahmed El-Imam (@amkmusty) December 17, 2017
Motherhood is breaking the worlds most accomplished sportswoman down. Damn. https://t.co/QuP4jhQAnQ
A good mummy mantra to practice: "this too shall pass" 🙄🤞
— Joanna Gasiorowska (@JoGasiorowska) December 17, 2017
See?! Parenting hard for everyone, even Gold medal Olympians whose baby wears Versace. Still hard. https://t.co/P9CdfzLo12
— Lindsey Hurd (@lindseyhurd) December 17, 2017