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The initiation into parenthood is really a beautiful thing. There are so many amazing firsts as a new mama. That first time your baby locks eyes with you and you feel the connection deep in your soul. When baby gets bigger and starts to greet you with knowing smiles and giggles. When you introduce your little one to the big world.


But there are a few other rites of passage that aren’t quite so pleasant—like that first time you’re in the splash zone during a diaper change, which was Whitney Port’s recent experience.

“The last parenting fail I had was when I didn't get the diaper on fast enough and he peed in my face,” the mom to 8-month-old Sonny tells People Now.

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After going through this with both my son and daughter, here’s my pro tip for Port: As soon as the first diaper comes off, cover baby up with a wash rag until you’re able to cinch up that second diaper. Protecting baby from that cold burst of air is usually enough to stop them from peeing. Or, at the very least, the wash cloth will protect you.

Beyond the diaper changing fiasco, it seems Port is finding plenty of reasons to have fun with parenting. “The last time my son made me laugh so much that I cried was probably the first time we played peekaboo,” she says. “He was so scared and had such an insane reaction. Scared in a funny way. Peekaboo right now is the craziest thing.”

Taking the time to appreciate the happy, small moments of parenting is essential because, let’s be honest, there is no shortage of reasons to stress. “Taking Sonny out has proven to be very scary for me,” Port shared in an Instagram post last year. “Not only does the preparation and packing give me massive amounts of anxiety, but the amount he hates the car seat is enough for me to never want to leave the house, like ever!”

It really is a daunting thing, especially when you’re alone with baby in the car. “All you moms have been there... You're driving on the freeway with your brand new baby in the back and all of a sudden they're hysterical. You don't know what to do, you can't pull over, you think they're choking, you're freaking out,” Port continues. “Well, hopefully you've all been there, cause that was me a couple weeks ago and it scarred me and I need some help.”

But with just about anything parenting related—from getting peed on to braving traffic with baby in the car—it gets easier to deal with each time.

Then, soon enough, you’ll be able to look back on it all and laugh. Or, at least, feel grateful your clothes stay cleaner these days.

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Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:


Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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