She may seem like she has a glamorous, exciting life as an entertainer, but there is more to her and her life than people may suspect.
First, country singer Carrie Underwood is like many new moms when it comes to baby love. She recently told Redbook how 20-month-old son Isaiah and motherhood have changed her:
“I definitely feel like it's changed me as a person. I'm happier. I'm in a better mood a lot of the time. He'll be watching cartoons and I'll be watching him. I'm completely in love. I love it when he's sleepy and I get to hold him and smell him. He doesn't know I'm staring at him and being all googly-eyed!”
But with that love comes guilt. Her lifestyle as a performer means touring and unconventional living for her family:
“Accepting help is hard for me, but I’m learning. Sometimes I feel guilty that this is my son’s life: We live on a bus and we’re in a hotel room and sometimes we’re in the middle of nowhere and it’s not so great. It’s not all glamorous.”
The guilt is so bad, that even with help she struggles:
“We have a nanny who helps out, especially when we’re on the road. But I’d feel guilty asking someone to watch him at home while I run to the grocery store.”
But those aren't the only things that bring on the mom guilt for Underwood. She admitted to CBS News last year that it was an ongoing battle:
“I think mom guilt is rampant in my life. I am sure it is in any mom's...”
In fact, even her son's birth brought on feelings of guilt for the singer. She told WMZQ how giving birth via C-section instead of vaginally made her feel bad:
“I feel like emotionally it was the hardest thing overall. I felt a little bit like I had done something wrong. I had guilt about it going on.”
But fortunately for Underwood she has moments in which she seems to pull from her hit song “Jesus, Take the Wheel”:
“When I was pregnant, I thought, How am I going to go on the road? How am I going to keep doing my job? I had to just give it to God and stop worrying about it. Sure enough, we figured it out.”
That sentiment is reflected again when she was asked about expanding her family, despite the challenges she and her professional hockey player husband, Mike Fisher, face with balancing their home life and careers.
She said they talked about it and realized they could figure it out and make it work. That can-do attitude and power of positive thinking can make a world of difference when it comes to combating the tough parts of parenting, making mom guilt just one part of that challenging, but rewarding, life.