Alanis Wasn't Prepared for Motherhood: How Ironic
Stars, they are just like us. Alanis Morissette admits that she was totally unprepared for motherhood.
No one told her about post-partum she laments in a blog post, so she reduced all the stories together "composite-style, into a fantasy that included bursting into blissful tears, buoyed by clouds and surrounded by cherub angels gushing how the lil’ one’s lips were his father’s and his deep contemplative gaze mine."
She admits her focus while pregnant was not on motherhood, but on the more immediate experience:
Not the first time there were other parts, beyond the fantasy, that I hadn’t considered. I had used, as usual, the I’ll-rise-to-that-occasion-when-I-get-there approach to the post-child-bearing journey, so all my DVD-watching and focus went toward the birth experience itself, and how best to prepare myself for that (as though I really could prepare for a Human. Being. Coming. Out. Of. My. Body.).
In her contemplative post she seems to be working out how to regain her confidence as a person while being the kind of mother she wants to be. She now knows that being a mother is more than just the birth experience, or the a haze of cherubs.
Pop culture has convinced me that celebrities are different than us regular people, that their birth experiences and first few weeks of parenthood are spent in some haze of working out and butler service. It is so rare to have someone in the public eye stand up and say: I didn't know what I was doing, and I still don't. Which is what Alanis is saying (just in very long sentences).
I wonder if the other pop diva who is about to become a mother will be so honest? Beyonce has reportedly been building a 2,200 foot nursery for the impending bundle of pink joy. Her pal Kelly Rowland bought the baby diva a 5-thousand dollar Swarovski-encrusted pink tub as a shower gift.
I wonder if Alanis has any plans to call Beyonce and explain how to keep it real. That motherhood will take a toll on her, no matter how much swag, crystals and luxury she is surrounded by.
Do you think you can ever prepare for motherhood? Do celebrities have it easier?
Want more chaos? Last year, I wrote about how I survived eight weeks of bedrest, four of them in the hospital. (yes, I lived on hospital food - blech.)