Not to state the obvious here, but motherhood is nothing short of life-altering. It can truly your entire world upside down (sometimes even inside-out), often to an extent that you can't anticipate. But as challenging as it can be, the journey can be beautifully rewarding—and every mom you ask will probably tell you the same thing.
Witnessing the country's It girls become mothers one by one has given all of us a glimpse of how true this can be. Because while they're all the same brand of stylish and cool that we remember, no one can deny that life is no longer what it was when they were single and child-free in their 20s. This obviously begs a few questions: Do they miss the parties, the spontaneous solo trips, or just being on their own in general? How does motherhood really change an It girl's life? We've been curious, too, so we went ahead and asked the girls themselves.
Did you know that Bea Soriano-Dee was the first It girl to become a mom? That's right, the Sunnies co-founder and her husband Eric Dee Jr. had their son Braeden in 2015, followed by their daughter Billie in 2017. With this, it was no surprise that Bea has learned a plethera of things about herself since then, and made her appreciate little things more.
"Having kids made me become more self aware of both my strengths and things I need to improve on. I constantly see them absorb many things I do, on purpose or not. So, I'm cognizant of the fact that whatever I say, it's my actions that will teach them the deepest," she shares.
"It changed me mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually—all beautifully shifting to what matters in life. My fave though is that now I get double the morning smiles and hugs that greet me daily."
Since her son Baltie was born in 2018, Isabelle Daza admits that her lifestyle has done almost a full 180. "Aside from my weight, my time is not my own! I need to consider my family's activities and work my way around it," she tells Preview.
"Before I would just workout, stay up late, go out for drinks, go on spontaneous trips, etc. Now my weekends are at children's parties and visiting farms or family-friendly activities—which I am enjoying!" If you follow Belle on Instagram, you'd definitely know what she means!
But overall, the new mom of two thinks that becoming a mom brought a major change to her emotionally. "I am less selfish [now]. I think about my children's needs as often as my own if not more," she explains. The experience also had her giving Gloria Diaz a lot more credit: "I appreciate my mom 100x more!"
Hardly anyone can forget about Liz Uy's big reveal three years ago, when she shared a photo of her son Xavi for the first time. Back then, she revealed that the biggest change was how much he has become her ultimate priority. "I don't really think only of myself anymore," the stylist admitted in 2018. "Every time I do anything, I think of Xavi first."
It seems like little has shifted for her since then, even as she and her husband welcome baby number two. Liz tells Preview, "I wouldn't say that motherhood (second time around) changed me. But it amplified the things that I've always been, like being a homemaker and caring for my family through little things like cooking, fixing our home, making sure that all their needs are taken care of."
Liz continues, "Of course there are inevitable shifts like traveling less (but with the pandemic, it affects all) and carefully choosing the work that I accept, but I welcome these. I am still the same Liz but motherhood has pushed me to be the best version of who I am. A little less self, a lot more of love for Xavi and Mati."
Thanks to the lockdown, Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff have spent practically every minute with their daughter Dahlia AmeÌlie since she was born. That's why when the It mom was asked about how her life changed so far, it was no surprise that Anne's answer was about quality time.
"'Yung time mo you realize how precious it is," she said in an interview. "Before alam kong maiintindihan ako ng mom ko or ng dad ko because I'm an adult na nagwwork lang ako, whereas now when you have a daughter, you realize how precious [time is with her]. That's probably how my parents felt when I was younger. It's changed the way I will see things."