I stumbled upon this incredible video from The Root that made me stop dead in my tracks. Dnay Baptiste is now officially superwoman in my eyes. Watch how her incredible career and unplanned pregnancy intersected and tested her strength:
Dnay came off tour with Beyonce, found out she was pregnant and thought:
“I was literally stuck (thinking): ‘Is this something I am ready for mentally, financially, physically?'”
But Dnay decided to make both her career and parenthood happen, gave birth, and then performed again with Beyonce two months later. TWO. MONTHS. LATER. PEOPLE (!)
She trained for, and danced at, Coachella while breastfeeding and starting working out four weeks postpartum. If that doesn’t make you feel motivated, I’m not sure what will! She went on to say:
“People say ‘Once you have a baby your life is over and you cant do anything’ and all of those stigmas but no, motherhood is just a new push and motivation.”
As someone who recently found out they were pregnant 🙋, I can relate with so many of these worries and fears.
“Am I ready?”
“There’s no way we can afford this!”
“Does becoming a mom mean I will lose other important parts of myself?”
“Will I ever be able to s̶l̶e̶e̶p̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶a̶g̶a̶i̶n̶, g̶o̶ ̶s̶e̶e̶ ̶a̶ ̶m̶o̶v̶i̶e̶ ̶a̶l̶o̶n̶e̶, t̶a̶k̶e̶ ̶e̶x̶t̶e̶n̶d̶e̶d̶ ̶T̶J̶ ̶M̶a̶x̶x̶ ̶t̶r̶i̶p̶s̶, do anything again?!”
But deep down, like so many of you, I know Dnay is right. Being a mother is one of the bravest, most noteworthy things we can ever do. It’s worth the sacrifice and the life readjustment. And even though those fears are so real, there are countless women who have babies and then work for a living or finish school or chase after their goals. And as she said in the video, motherhood doesn’t kill dreams, it does the opposite: it gives new, stronger motivation.
And how much sweeter will those accomplishments be with a little extra company 👶 and a whole lot extra hard work? I’m not sure yet, but here’s to hoping I find out. Dnay: you are all the mom goals.
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