After welcoming her daughter in 2007, Samantha Harris learned all too quickly that it often takes a village to raise a child.
The juggling of her career — including her co-hosting responsibilities on Dancing With the Stars, a correspondent for The Insider, and co-hosting Entertainment Tonight Weekend — began only three weeks after delivering her daughter Josselyn Sydney when Samantha returned to the DWtS set.
With baby girl at home with the nanny, the new mama arrived to work with her pump in hand!
“I was breastfeeding so I was pumping again and again throughout the production day and right before I went on stage because we didn’t want to have any mishaps in a gown — on live television!” she tells Working Mother.
Logging long hours on the job has come with a price; Samantha admits days go by where she only sees Josselyn in the afternoon and then at bedtime. “But then there are many days when I’m home by 2 p.m. and I have the rest of the day to spend with her,” she explains.
That said, both Samantha and her husband Michael Hess — with whom she shares a “wonderful partnership” — make it a priority for one of them to greet Josselyn each morning and tuck her in come nighttime.
When her DWts duties calls, Samantha has been known to bring Josselyn along for the fun! Raised by her rock concert promoter father and her dancer mother, the 36-year-old is thrilled that her own daughter, left in awe by the performances, is showing interest in the arts. “[She] just gravitates to the dancers and wants to watch,” she says.
Equally catching the 2-year-old’s attention? Television, something that has only recently been introduced to the toddler! “We waited until now…so of course Elmo and Dora are just some sort of mesmerizing concept to her,” laughs the proud mama.
However T.V time comes with a tradeoff. While Josselyn has yet to enter into the infamous terrible twos phase, Samantha predicts it won’t be long! “There’s a little bit of something every day — which is usually after she’s already watched twenty minutes of Elmo,” she shares.
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Noting that her busy schedule and her dedication to her daughter has left her having to sacrifice “my own personal time,” Samantha admits her days at the gym are nearly nonexistent. Fortunately, the busy mama manages to squeeze in the occasional workout while on the job, opting to spend her downtime exercising rather than facing the hour commute to her house to spend only twenty minutes with Josselyn. “That clears my head and I feel much more productive,” she says.
Although the family of three have managed to settle into a smooth routine, Samantha cannot escape a mother’s guilt when it comes to dinnertime. Often relying on take-out or a meal service after growing up with a mother who cooked each night, Samantha can’t help but wish for the same for Josselyn.
“The only thing I feel guilty about is not cooking for my family,” she confesses. “I work so much that, to come home and have to make my daughter be occupied so that I could cook, is not something that I want.”
To that end, Samantha is still navigating the ropes of motherhood!
Source: Working Mother