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As a new parent, it’s hard to get used to those very early morning feeding sessions with your newborn (especially if you weren’t exactly a morning person before parenthood). But when you get the chance to cuddle with your little one, you soak up every precious moment. Just ask Jessica Alba.


Alba shared a short Instagram video of her newborn son Hayes sleeping on her chest after one of his morning feedings. It’s a really wonderful moment between the 36-year-old mom and baby Hayes, who Alba and her husband Cash Warren welcomed on New Year’s Eve.

The Honest Company founder captioned her Instagram post, “I’ve never been a morning person.... until now. Our morning feeding/cuddle is my favorite time of day. #morningsunshine.”

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What makes Alba’s Instagram post so great is the absolute honesty in it. Mornings had never been my thing, either—until my son came along. He just loved to wake up at the crack of dawn for his morning feeding. And after my son was done, he’d plop his head down on my chest, belly full.

What mama hasn’t been there? After all, newborns need to feed at least every two to four hours. Then once they’re nice and full, they close their eyes for an hour or two of sleep. And let’s be real: The whole feeding-sleeping cycle is exhausting for us mamas.

Although the morning feeding sessions left me tired, those moments alone with my now-toddler boy meant everything to me. Like Alba, they became the favorite part of my day because I had the chance to snuggle with my little one.

It’s no surprise that Alba would share such a sweet moment with her fans. After all, she has been documenting her breastfeeding journey since giving birth to Hayes on December 31. Hayes is Alba’s third child, following Haven, 6, and Honor, 9..

Having done this before, Alba knows the morning feeding and cuddle sessions won’t last forever. By three or four months, your baby starts to take less daytime naps and begins to sleep longer at night. At this time, you may not have as many morning feedings with your little one.

But that does mean mama gets some more shuteye, so there’s a silver lining! Maybe Alba won’t be a morning person for long.

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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