Serena Williams Asks for Help as Daughter Alexis, 3 Months, Suffers Through Teething
First time mom Serena Williams shared her struggles on Instagram Sunday as her 3-month-old daughter suffers through teething
Poor Alexis Olympia … and poor mama!
“Teething- aka the devil – is so hard,” the tennis star captioned a pic of her little one rocking a Versace bib. “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 nothing is working. It’s breaking my heart.”
While it’s been hard on the baby, Williams shares that she’s in need of some TLC as well.
She continued, “I almost need my mom to come and hold me to sleep cause I’m so stressed. Help? Anyone??”
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Fans quickly came to the rescue, sharing solutions that worked for them from Baby Orajel to letting Alexis chew on frozen fruit.
This isn’t the first time the 36-year-old athlete has reached out to fellow moms for parenting advice. Williams recently revealed has a hard time thinking about when the time comes to stop breastfeeding.
“Fellow moms: How long did you breastfeed?” she asked on Twitter alongside a sweet photo of her daughter resting in her arms. “Is it weird that I get emotional when I even just think about when it’s time to stop?”
Many women responded with their own experiences, including Broadway star Audra McDonald. “I nursed my older daughter until she was almost 2. Still going with my 1 year old right now,” she tweeted. “You’ll know when it’s time to stop. Enjoy! She is beautiful!”
The pair said “I do” two months after welcoming little Alexis Olympia on Sept. 1. They announced her arrival on Instagram and published a sweet clip of their journey as a family.
While she’s been enjoying motherhood, Williams has also been itching to get back on the court. In October, it was announced that she will make her competitive comeback to tennis in 2018 to defend her title at the Australian Open — the same tournament in which she beat sister Venus in the final while pregnant.
During an October news conference, tournament director Craig Tiley confirmed Williams “is planning” on playing in the January competition.
“Serena will be back,” Tiley said, according to Sports Illustrated. “We look forward to welcoming her and again go on that journey of breaking the all-time record for the most number of Grand Slams.”