From Idol to mom!
“It’s still really trippy to say the word ‘mom,’ referring to myself,” Sparks, 28, says in the new issue of PEOPLE — but she couldn’t be happier in her new role as a mother.
“My brother asked me, ‘Are you ready for your life to not be about you anymore?’ ” the star recalls. “I stopped for a second and thought, ‘I have lived a lot of life: In the last 28 years, in the past 11 [since American Idol], I have lived a lot and seen a lot.’ I am okay about it being about someone else from now on; I am good with that.”
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As PEOPLE exclusively announced, Sparks welcomed baby DJ on May 2 at the Natural Birth Center & Women’s Wellness in L.A., where her husband and a midwife were at her side for a drug-free water birth.
“It was just this incredibly miraculous, beautiful moment that I don’t know could ever be duplicated,” says Sparks. “You see in movies how emotional people get, but until you are actually sitting there … it’s beyond anything I’ve ever felt in my life.”
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Just three days after the delivery, Sparks hit the red carpet in L.A. for the premiere of her new movie Show Dogs — but Sparks would be the first to tell you life as a new mom isn’t always that glamorous.
“I have been up more with [DJ], so I am getting the dirty diapers, and [Dana] is an amazing swaddler and I am not,” she says of her husband, 25. “He is never frustrated or irritated when I wake him up; he has been amazing. Even when we’re zombies at 2 a.m. trying to tend to a blowout diaper, he’s amazing!”
Sparks and Isaiah, a model, secretly married last July and six weeks later learned that she was pregnant.
Today, Sparks couldn’t be happier with her new family of three. “I have always loved kids, so I figured that if I ever got the blessing or the opportunity to have some of my own, I imagined that I would just embrace the role, and I would love it — and I do,” she says.
Adds the singer, “I have seen a lot of women say, ‘This is what I am meant to do.’ And that is how I feel.”
For more on Jordin Sparks’s life as a new mom, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.