In the Baby Zone With Shannon Miller
Mom, Olympic gymnast and businesswoman, Shannon Miller is a model act in balancing it all. But this mom has had to fight her way to more than just a gold medal or two. When her son, Rocco, was just 15 months old, Shannon was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. Now cancer-free and expecting her miracle baby girl in late June, Shannon shares her passion for women and children’s health and wellness through her company, Shannon Miller Lifestyle.
Shannon recently sat down with BabyZone to share her thoughts on parenting and why even the most decorated gymnast in US history cries over spilt milk (literally.)
What’s your golden rule of parenting?
Leave stress at the door. We want to make sure that our children feel safe and loved. Everyone has stress in their lives to some degree but we try to check it at the door and really focus on enjoying our time with Rocco (and soon baby girl) It’s helped us be calmer, more patient parents and it makes those moments that much more special.
What’s been your best moment of parenting so far?
There’s so much to choose from! The first kiss, bear hugs, out-of-the-blue “I love you mom”, the laughter. But one of my absolute favorites is hearing him sing. He sings all the time in such a happy voice, it melts my heart.
And the worst?
The first visit to the ER. Luckily it wasn’t anything too horrible. But It’s always traumatic (for us parents at least) to take your child to the emergency room, no matter what the reason. Rocco had stopped eating and drinking due to a virus and we finally had to take him in for IV fluids. 30 minutes later he was asking for a Rice Krispies® treat! Meanwhile, [my husband] and I were emotional wrecks.
What’s the best advice you ever got about parenting?
Get them (and you) on a schedule. We’re flexible within reason but our son absolutely loves having a schedule. He might take after mommy on that one!
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Nap time… for him and for me!
Finish this sentence: You know you’re in the Baby Zone when…
You’re on a plane (or a taxi, etc.) and you absolutely have to pump because it’s all about whatever you can do to keep the milk supply going. And when you have to “pump and dump,” you feel like you’re pouring pure gold down the drain!
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