Serena Williams misses her daughter’s first steps, but is comforted by fellow parents online.
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Finding Comfort on Twitter
The 23-time Grand Slam winner is currently in London for Wimbledon and continues to inspire women all around. However, due to being away, she missed one of her daughter’s major milestones. She tweeted this out last Saturday:
She took her first steps… I was training and missed it. I cried.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 7, 2018
Parents on Twitter came to her aid and shared their own stories of missed milestones. While others sent her tweets of support, including fellow celebrity mom Chrissy Teigen:
she is practicing so you can see the real ones. ❤
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 8, 2018
It doesn’t count until mommy sees it. Nothing counts until mommy sees it.
— Jaime Primak (@JaimePrimak) July 7, 2018
Lost my Mom one month ago. I never knew if she saw my first steps but I know that her being a working mom made me strong, resilient & showed me how to be independent even w/a great Dad to help! It was those lessons that are getting me through these days. Don’t beat yourself up!
— Portia Roberson (@PLRoberson) July 7, 2018
You didn’t miss it, mommy. You facilitated it. Your child still lives right there. Make those happy tears & I mean it.
— Moriah Marshall (@gnarlymo) July 7, 2018
Others share babysitter protocol when it comes to “firsts”:
I babysat children. I saw most of their “firsts”… I never told their parents… They told me on the Monday morning drop off that they had their “first” steps, word, etc… 😊
— Donna Wolfe (@DonnaRwolfe) July 7, 2018
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
While others relate to the working mom experience:
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
I missed a bunch of firsts while I was at work. I hear ya, mama. It’s not easy. But our girls see us out there grinding + living our dreams and that’s got to mean something. Good luck in London – my daughter and I are both rooting for you! ❤
— Raakhee Mirchandani (@Raakstar) July 7, 2018
I took my 1st child all the way to Israel on a trade mission. During a meeting I heard cheering out in the waiting area …. Yup, staff and husband and assorted strangers saw her 1st steps. It all turns out okay. #workingmomsrock
— jane swift (@janemswift) July 7, 2018
Hopefully the words of comfort lift Serena’s spirits, and that she knows how lucky her daughter is to have an awesome mom like her.