Country singer, Carrie Underwood has learned that life doesn’t always go according to plan. Underwood’s journey to becoming the mother of two boys wasn’t easy.
After she and husband Mike Fisher welcomed their first child, a son, Isaiah Michael in February 2015, they planned to have another child soon afterward but that didn’t happen. They endured a lot of struggle and heartache along the road to second-time parenthood.
“We, initially in our lives, kind of wanted our kids a little closer in age,” the singer tells People. “That didn’t happen, because God has a different plan sometimes.”
Underwood, 36, suffered three miscarriages. She conceived in early 2017, but she lost it. She then went on to have another loss in 2017 and a third in 2018.
For several months, she mostly stayed out of the spotlight, grappling with those challenges, and also healing from a fall that resulted in a broken wrist and stitches to her face.
Underwood later channeled those struggles into creating her 2018 album “Cry Pretty,” she told the publication.
In early 2019, the singer and her husband, former hockey pro, welcomed their second child, a boy named Jacob. Now, she told People that there are some perks to her children being four years apart.
The American Idol season 4 winner added:
“Being almost five years old, [Isaiah is] just so helpful, and he looks out for his little brother. And he’s good at [obliging] when you ask him to do something; he’s a very task-oriented child. So if you ask him to do something, he wants to feel helpful and he wants to do it and be a part of things.”
Underwood adds that after the birth of her second son, she was worried about getting back to her pre-pregnancy body. She told the publication:
“After having my first kid, I felt like I bounced back fast. And then with Jake, it was like my body took a minute to get back to me. It was frustrating, because I’m like, ‘Why wasn’t it like the first time?’.
But I’m four years older. That also helped me shift my mindset — I’m still working hard, wanting to be the best me possible, but cutting myself slack and just thinking, ‘Be kind to yourself.’ It’s amazing what we [women] do to ourselves. We’re probably all our toughest critics.”
She goes on to say that she had to learn to give herself some grace.
“I’m still working hard, wanting to be the best me possible, but cutting myself slack and just thinking, ‘Be kind to yourself,’” she told the outlet. “It’s amazing what we [women] do to ourselves.”