After having her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., throw up on her during a flight, absolute legend Serena Williams decided to reach out to all the mamas around the world to exchange their stories of motherhood under the hashtag #ThisMama.
The stories she got in reply are both adorable and funny… but also so nasty.
Williams will make her return to the US Open in the coming hours against Poland‘s Magda Linette. This will be the six-time US Open Singles champion’s first time back at the tournament in two years.
The 36-year-old withdrew from the 2016 US Open because of a knee injury and again did not play at the 2017 Open because she was pregnant with her bub.
Anywhoo, Williams kicked things off with the details from her mid-flight-vomit story:
Kids humble us. The other day on a flight home Olympia insisted on running up and down the aisle and when I finally got her to sit still, she threw up all over me.
#ThisMama would love to hear your stories of motherhood.. even ones like this! Share and tag them with #ThisMama.
Olympia, who’s 11-months now, is SO CUTE.
Kids humble us. The other day on a flight home Olympia insisted on running up and down the aisle and when I finally got her to sit still, she threw up all over me. #ThisMama would love to hear your stories of motherhood.. even ones like this! Share and tag them with #ThisMama. pic.twitter.com/9N5duB2M3t— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) August 26, 2018
Right off the racket we had this doozy:
“My daughter and I planted some seeds together, hoping to grow flowers. I went outside to water them and told her to watch. She locked the sliding glass door on me. #ThisMama got locked out of the house by her two year old.”
But wait, there’s more:
“She refused to unlock the door, even though she absolutely knows how and just stood there and stared at me. After panicking for a few seconds. #ThisMama realised I could just go around the front of the house and go through our garage. Thank God my husband fixed the key pad.”
But wait, there’s even more because another mama replied with a similar story:
That happened to me when I was 8 and a half months pregnant with my second! I ended up breaking in through a window while my 2.5 year old stood there giggling at me ????— Deb Lee-Talbot (@socialquery101) August 26, 2018
If you’re about to eat or have just eaten dinner… sorry:
“One of my sons used to ‘paint’ with his own poo. He would wake from a nap, totally silent, remove his diaper and finger paint all over his toys and cover the wheels of his toy cars in poo, then make poo tracks all over his cream walls. Be thankful for a little vomit #thismama”
Then there was the time I was interviewed by the police on suspicion of being a drug dealer, because my six year old had taken some homeopathic white powder ‘wraps’ to school & given to his friends. When asked what they were he said “people come to our house & buy them” #thismama— Sarah Ockwell-Smith (@TheBabyExpert) August 26, 2018
The same son also got his head stuck in a cat flap when he was two. It took two hours for my locksmith husband to free him. All the while he kept saying “I stuck mama, I stuck!”. You have so much joy to come ???? #thismama— Sarah Ockwell-Smith (@TheBabyExpert) August 26, 2018
What even are kids?
Here’s another goodie:
“Flying alone with 3-year-old and 2-month-old (in front carrier). Crammed us all in aeroplane bathroom and put 3-year-old on toilet; he started to cry. Crouched down to ask what’s wrong. He projectile vomited onto baby’s head, down carrier, all over me.
“We were 20 minutes into a four hour flight. They moved the guy next to us because we smelled, and had to shut the bathroom because it was a biohazard. I mostly laughed, but largely because the only other option was to cry.”
And they keep on going:
I took my kids to work with me every day. My husband and I would discuss work at home. One day my oldest walked around the office and told one of my employees “my mommy is going to fire you”. From that day on we talked in code words. #ThisMama— josie (@jodelblue) August 26, 2018
You can find the rest of the humbling stories on Williams’ original tweet.
Parenting sounds swell.