Momlogic.com talked to Paris Bennett, a mom and season 5 alum, about the show and how life has changed since motherhood.
Momlogic: How is motherhood? What can you tell us about your daughter?
Paris: My daughter, Egypt, was born on October 6th, 2008. She was 5 pounds, 15 ounces. That day, I didn’t even know I was in labor — and I couldn’t tell you what contractions felt like! I was at my mom’s house that afternoon and I felt her moving or pushing down. I thought she was just moving to rotate. I laid on my mom’s bed and had some pain. I had a doctor’s appointment that day, so I went a little early to the hospital for the appointment and they did a check on me. They said my water had broken and I was 8 cm dilated. I called my mom and the family rushed to the hospital. I got to the hospital at about 3:00 PM and Miss Egypt came at 3:36 PM.
To describe Egypt … she’s very demanding and diva-ristic. She does not like to be wet, have a dirty diaper, have dirty hands … she’s picky about everything.
Momlogic: What didn’t you know before becoming a mom that you know now?
Paris: I never knew that warm milk at night or wrapping your baby tight after a bath would really work. My relatives used to say it, but I just thought it was old-school stuff. It really does work! I give Egypt a bath at night, wrap her in a warm blanket, and give her a warm bottle and she’s out at night.
Momlogic: What advice can you give to young moms who worry they can’t be a mom and pursue their dreams at the same time?
Paris: You can do it with a child! Never let anyone tell you you can’t! Use your child for self-motivation. I look at Egypt every day and think of the things I want her to do in life and everything I wouldn’t want her to want for. I work so she can have whatever she wants. The more you see how much you want for your child, the harder you work. Being a mom is not an easy thing, and it’s an understatement if someone says it is. It takes time and a great deal of self-determination. I had my share of people saying I wouldn’t be able to have a career and a baby, but that just made me want it more. I do it to the fullest. I am still me, the only difference is I have a child. I added her into my lifestyle and I am going to keep going and prove all of them wrong.
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