It sounds like Serena Williams is embracing every moment of motherhood.
The new mom, 35, took to Instagram with a photo of daughter Alexis Jr., 2 weeks, and a heartfelt letter to her mother, Oracene Price.
“Dear Mom, You are one of the strongest women I know. I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter) and she has my arms and legs! My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body. I don’t know how I would react if she has to go through what I’ve gone through since I was a 15 year old and even to this day…. Read the rest on my @Reddit profile. Link in bio,” she wrote.
In the Reddit letter, the tennis champ went on to share her touching message.
“I’ve been called man because I appeared outwardly strong,” she shared. “It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage). It has been said I don’t belong in Women’s sports — that I belong in Men’s — because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it).”
“But mom, I’m not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman,” Williams shared. “I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don’t all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!”
The tennis pro hopes to be more like her in the future, writing, “You are so classy, I only wish I could take your lead. I am trying, though, and God is not done with me yet. I have a LONG way to go, but thank you. Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all the hardships that I now regard as challenges — ones that I enjoy. I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same and have the same fortitude you have had.
She added: “Promise me, Mom, that you will continue to help. I’m not sure if I am as meek and strong as you are yet. I hope to get there one day. I love you dearly. Your youngest of five, Serena.”
Williams and her Reddit co-founder fiancé Alexis Ohanian, 34, welcomed their first child on Sept. 1.
The newborn arrived at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, weighing in at 6 lbs., 13 oz.
Dear Mom, You are one of the strongest women I know. I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter 😳) and she has my arms and legs! My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body. I don’t know how I would react if she has to go through what I’ve gone through since I was a 15 year old and even to this day…. Read the rest on my @Reddit profile. Link in bio.