Tennis superstar Serena Williams has shared her sadness about missing a key milestone in her baby's life - the moment Olympia started walking.
"She took her first steps ... I was training and missed it." Williams wrote in a tweet to her 11 million followers.
She took her first steps... I was training and missed it. I cried.— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 7, 2018
Reassuring the first-time mama that she's not the only one who's wrestled with working mum guilt over missed milestones, the 36-year-old's fans were quick to respond with their own stories of the moments they didn't see.
Reporter, Alison Bender, watched her baby's first steps on video, while at the World Cup in Russia.
Ah Serena. I’m with you there. I’m in Russia at a World Cup. I watched mine take her first steps on a video 😓 she’ll be proud of you when she goes up (I have to keep telling myself)— Alison Bender (@alibendertv) July 7, 2018
Jane Swift heard her daughter's first steps while in a meeting room:
I took my 1st child all the way to Israel on a trade mission. During a meeting I heard cheering out in the waiting area .... Yup, staff and husband and assorted strangers saw her 1st steps. It all turns out okay. #workingmomsrock— jane swift (@janemswift) July 7, 2018
And Robin Brown's son took his first steps at daycare:
Thanks for saying that. My boy took his 1st steps at daycare. Working mom guilt! I've held that regret for 7 years now. You've just made feel so much better! 💙— Robin Brown (@newrob1999) July 7, 2018
Others shared heart-warming messages of support - including Chrissy Teigen. (Warning: you'll need tissues for these.)
she is practicing so you can see the real ones. ❤️— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 8, 2018
She missed you winning 23 grand slam titles but will still know you’re the best tennis player of all time.— Ryan Tahmassebi (@RyanTahmassebi) July 7, 2018
You’ll have thousands of magic moments with her don’t worry!
You didn't miss it, mommy. You facilitated it. Your child still lives right there. Make those happy tears & I mean it.— Moriah Marshall (@gnarlymo) July 7, 2018
Lost my Mom one month ago. I never knew if she saw my first steps but I know that her being a working mom made me strong, resilient & showed me how to be independent even w/a great Dad to help! It was those lessons that are getting me through these days. Don’t beat yourself up!— Portia Roberson (@PLRoberson) July 7, 2018
When my daughter was a baby my daycare provider said they’d never tell me if she hit a milestone when I was at work. “It’s not her first anything until her momma sees it.” Amen.— TheBloggess (@TheBloggess) July 8, 2018
Congrats on her walking! That's amazing. I missed my youngest's first steps. I cried too. But I learned the best part of the journey is helping them up when they toddle and fall. Bless you both. ❤— Shireen Footybedsheets Ahmed (@_shireenahmed_) July 7, 2018
When your daughter is a little older she'll know her mother is— David Jones (@whynotgoglobal) July 8, 2018
1. The greatest tennis player of all time
2. The woman who helped others return to the game after childbirth with a protected ranking and a career they don't have to abandon.
I hope you win it for her next Saturday.
Williams, who beat French tennis player Kristina Mladenovic on Friday, recently shared the emotional moment she took Olympia to centre court.
"I got a little emotional when I started telling her about a girl who had a big dream. It was really special for me. And I wanted it to be special for her too," the proud mum said during a press conference last week.
Williams also opened up about why she chose to wean Olympia after six months of breastfeeding, explaining that she simply wasn't losing the baby weight as she ramped up her training in preparation for her return to the court.
"All over pop culture you hear that when you breastfeed you lose weight and you're so thin. It wasn't happening for me." Williams said. "Every person is different, every physical body is different.For my body, it didn't work, no matter how much I worked out, no matter how much I did, it didn't work for me."