Mommy-shaming is real, folks, and one only needs to look at social media for endless examples. Khloé Kardashian was mommy-shamed for traveling to Japan while eight months pregnant. The internet had a meltdown when Chrissy Teigen went out to dinner with her husband, John Legend, a few days after she delivered Baby Luna. And let’s not forget all the moms who face backlash for breastfeeding in public. But in a welcome turn of events, Twitter moms stood behind working mom Serena Williams when she recently confessed to missing her daughter’s first steps.
The tennis star took to Twitter on Saturday, July 7th, to share that baby Alexis Olympia took her first steps while mommy was busy training for Wimbledon. (Williams is up for her eighth title at the prestigious tennis tournament.) The new mom admitted to crying when she heard the news, which is a completely understandable reaction.
Instead of shaming her for missing such a big milestone in her baby’s life, though, the moms of Twitter showed Williams love, support, and compassion. And it’s about time.
Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, welcomed their baby girl on September 1st, 2017, via an emergency C-section. Since then, we’ve been treated to one adorable photo after another of mom and baby. And we have nothing but empathy for Williams as a hardworking mama balancing her tennis career and motherhood.
So, we especially loved how Twitter rallied around Williams after her vulnerable confession.
ESPN reporter Alison Bender shared her similar experience.
One Twitter user reminded Williams of all the other milestones to come.
Another pointed out the benefits of baby Alexis seeing her mama hustle after her dreams.
One insisted those first steps didn’t really count.
And, of course, Chrissy Teigen knew exactly what to say.
Many mamas were quick to note the thread’s overwhelmingly supportive comments, which is something you don’t always see on Twitter.
Don’t worry, Serena. There will be plenty more “firsts” and you’ll be there for the next one. Until then, the Twitter moms totally have your back.