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Grammy-winner, Kelly Rowland along with her 14-month old son, Titan, grace the February cover of Parents magazine.
Rowland, who was a member of award winning girl group, Destiny’s Child, experienced motherhood for the first time back in 2014 with husband and manager, Tim Witherspoon.
Rowland chats with Parents magazine and shares the joys and challenges of motherhood, how she felt after the death of her own mother, Doris, and explains her journey to losing the baby weight. The “Empire” actress also talks about how she can call on friends with kids for advice.
Check out some excerpts below:
Rowland’s mom, Doris, passed away three weeks after baby Titan was born. She explains how she felt:
“It was a tough, emotional point for me. I remember not wanting to be sad for Titan. I wanted to keep myself together because I believe that all that stress and grief can be passed on to your baby. Knowing Titan needed me, and having that to focus on, helped me through.”
She explains the breastfeeding and sleeping cycles with baby Titan:
On breastfeeding: I had my heart set on breastfeeding, but I wasn’t producing enough milk. I got down on myself, which I think was mentally limiting my supply.
She eventually supplied baby Titan with formula.
“Even when the baby was sleeping, Tim and I weren’t! That first week, Tim would poke at Titan to make sure he was breathing. Also, I was lax with a sleep schedule in the beginning, but once I read about how babies thrive on a schedule, we implemented one.”
“Still, it took a while for him to get in the swing of it. Now Titan’s asleep by 8:30 or 9 every night and he wakes up rested and happy.”
“That’s when I started seeing Titan smile, and so I thought, ‘We must be doing something right if he’s happy!'”
On how she felt about being a first-time mom:
“I was nervous that I didn’t have the patience to be a good mom, because before Titan I had zero. But now I am very patient. The Bible verse ‘love is patient’ is real! I don’t make the little things into big issues like I once did. My OCD had to go out the window. My living room looks like a freaking day care!”
Her views and advice about losing the baby weight:
“People think of exercise as tiring, but it actually gives you energy. It takes about a year to get the weight off. Don’t beat yourself up if it takes even longer.”
She explains getting advice from friends who are mothers:
“I’m closer with all of my girlfriends who are mothers…I call them all for advice. I have always had maternal instincts, but as a mom you figure things out…now I trust myself and feel stronger, like I can do anything.”
Read the full article here.
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