Quoted: Serena Williams

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
3:30 pm
06/27/18

Photo Via InStyle

“Since she was born, I haven’t been apart from her for more than a day. I wake up at either 2 a.m. or 4 a.m. to [breast] feed Olympia. …and on top of that, I’m in the locker room pumping before a match because my boobs are so big. When I pump, they go down a size or two and I go out and play. It’s crazy. So I feed her, and then she snuggles with me, which is the best part of my day. Then we play, and after that I sneak away to practice, usually around 8 a.m. The only rule I have at practice is to be done at 1 p.m., because as much as I love tennis, I need to be with her. I want to put her above everything else I’m doing, so I take calls when she naps. I usually bathe her every night. We sing the ‘Rubber Ducky’ song, and then I ask her if she wants the express wax or the deluxe. Express is when I rub coconut oil on really fast and then I put her diaper on. Deluxe is when I do it a little slower and give her a little massage. It’s so cute. She’s in bed by 7:30 at the latest. …[I’m always] like is she OK? What is she doing? Did she fall? Did she sit? Even when she crawls I shadow her so she doesn’t hit her head. I have a padded floor—everything makes me nervous about her. Is she in the car? Who’s driving? Why am I not driving? I want total control.”

-Serena Williams on her life with her 10-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia, in InStyle’s new “Bad Ass Women” issue, 2018.

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