Good grief. Just when I thought that supermodel mom Gisele Bundchen was finally done shouting from the rooftops that she is, in fact, the world’s most perfect parent, she totally upped the ante on her stellar parenting skills in a new interview with Vogue UK.
I want to be someone who likes Gisele. I really do. But every time she opens her mouth in an interview, she somehow manages to speak about this fantasy land where women don’t feel pain during childbirth, don’t put on weight during pregnancy unless they are just complete and total hogs, and where children are 100% agreeable 100% of the time. And as a REAL mother, I’m just not buying into any of that.
Gisele told Vogue UK that she went back and watched a videotape of herself giving birth to her son, Benjamin. Gisele claims that upon seeing the birth footage, she realized that she was actually “omming” during her baby’s delivery. “Omming” is annoying enough in my Saturday morning yoga class, so I can’t even imagine what the doctors and nurses in Gisele’s birthing room thought. Or maybe she was actually muttering some sort of expletive under her breath and it just sounded like omming?
Gisele did try to backpedal a bit on the harsh words she had in the past for women who don’t (or are unable to) breastfeed. Instead of declaring that breastfeeding needs to be a universal law, this time she said, “Well, it’s a personal decision. You have to honour what feels right and, for me, it was never even an option I’d do it otherwise. I mean, isn’t that what our bodies are meant to do? Isn’t that the great thing about being a woman?”
No Gisele Bundchen interview would be complete without throwing in something about her kid being perfect. Her comment this time was, “When Benjamin eats broccoli, he thinks it’s dessert!”
For the record, when my son tries broccoli, he gags. But then again, I’m no supermodel parent.