Tia Mowry: Motherhood Is ‘More Emotional Than I Expected’

08/08/2011 at 09:00 AM ET
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Good things come to those who wait — except in Tia Mowry‘s case!

When son Cree Taylor arrived on June 28, five days earlier than his expected due date, the actress was thrilled to finally see an end to her pregnancy.

“I was told to be prepared for him to come before or after my due date,” Mowry, 33, tells BET.com. “I was excited to get this baby out of me.”

And although she was prepared for the possibility of welcoming baby early, Mowry admits she didn’t anticipate the sudden wave of feelings after meeting her son.

“It’s a lot more emotional than I expected. I knew it would be emotional, but I didn’t know it would be this emotional,” she says. “People always say you never know love until you have your own child and all of that is true.”

Completely “obsessed” and “involved” with Cree, caring for a newborn is already taking a toll on the new mom.

“I didn’t know I’d be this exhausted. I’m so sleep deprived,” she reveals. “When I talk to other mothers about it they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, honey, and it doesn’t change. Your body just gets used to it.'”

Fortunately first-time father Cory Hardrict is happy to step up to the plate when it comes to baby boy.

“He’s changing diapers, he’s feeding, bathing, all of it,” Mowry shares. “At night I pump bottles so he can do feedings.”

And with Mowry — who has shed 25 pounds “from breastfeeding” — returning to the set of The Game in September, life is about to get a whole lot more hectic.

“[Cree] is definitely coming with me,” she explains. “I’m excited, but very nervous about how I’m going to balance things out because right now I get no sleep and I’m gonna have to memorize lines. Lack of sleep and studying don’t go hand in hand for me.”

Despite her busy schedule, Mowry couldn’t be happier with her timing of starting her family with Hardrict, noting the decision to wait “when you’re older helps you emotionally. You’re much more stable. I’m more stable in my life.”

Ecstatic to be a mother, Mowry is ready for her Tia and Tamera co-star — and twin sister! — Tamera to share in the experience.

“At her wedding I said in my speech that she needed to get on it — now!”

— Anya Leon

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Sherry on

SO true, I smiled reading this! As corny as it sounds, after having my son years ago, I remember actually feeling like I was going to explode from all of the love I felt for my son. I felt absolutely obsessed with him- for the longest we were inseparable. I took him everywhere and barely let anyone babysit–even my mom and sister!! It’s like it was me and him against the world..children are such blessings..he’s a teenager now so thanks for the happy reminder Tia!!

Emma on

Since when are Tia and Tamara Mowry SO newsworthy. I feel like they are all over People.com, and way to often at that. There are MUCH bigger childhood stars than these ladies. Enough already – I doubt the majority of people care about what they’re doing!!

Dawn on

Also being a mother, I understand her talking about the love but maybe she should have worded it a bit differently such as “Never knowing a parental love” instead of just “Never knowing love”. Doesn’t say much for her love for her husband does it? Oh well just saying…very happy for her though, congrats to you and Cory Tia!!!

Anon on

I love Tia and Tamera! I love that they seem so sweet, down-to-earth, and they’re not overexposed or famewh0res.

Emma – please shut up and quit whining. You don’t have to read their posts.

Brandy on

Aww that’s so sweet. I’ve always loved the Mowry twins, I’m happy they turned out to be successful women who didn’t fall into the child star gone wrong category.

@Emma Apparently you care because you took the time to read the article and comment. SMH.

Tash on

@Emma – Im actually interested in them. They have a reality show starting tonight and Tia is actually on the Game which is a popular show…so…you dont have to click the story if you dont want to read about them but others do. Why not keep the rudeness to a minimum.

kaylampe on

Actually Tia stars in The Game, a sitcom on BET with a huge cult following. It averages nearly 4.5million viewers every week and its debut on BET garnered 7.7million. So, Tia is more than just a child star, and she obviously has fans.

Kuuipo on

Emma do you get online read these articles and then think hmmm I wonder if people would love to read what I have to say? I think not… If you think people don’t want to read about these celebrities then why are you on here reading about them and posting ridiculous comments. I have an idea get off and get a life other than bashing people you know nothing about. I have rarely seen Tia and Tamera Mowry on People.com so I am not sure what you are talking about.
On a better note I think Tia and Tamera Mowry are wonderful and I am glad to see them coming back.

Cammi on

Well since reading about Tia & Tamera bother you so much Emma, maybe getting a life of your own will help you to get off the internet and then you wouldn’t notice how “often” they are on People.com or Mom’s & Babies.


To TASH:LOL i agree with your comment to EMMA whose a hater,so obvious

exactly.why bother.

just click on the lil X in the left hand corner and K.I.M.
“Keep It Movin…”

Why comment.just a hater your EMMA flagrantly.

so obvious.so happy for her,and all who are READY to have a baby and are ABLE to CARE for,love it the RIGHT WAY.

that is a REAL mother/father/nothing else will do.

from heather-marie rothstein,at facebook.

SharonB on

That is an absolutely silly thing to say – you don’t know love until you have a child. I do not have children, don’t want children and won’t have children, but I certainly do know love. I love my husband dearly, I love my nieces and nephews and I do have friends that have children that I love. I simply chose not to have children. Nor, do I think that women have to have children in order to feel like women. It’s just insane for someone to say you don’t know love if you don’t have a child. Silly and stupid.

Lucy on


As a 30yo new mom (also with no grey hair or stretch marks) I have to add that everyone was completely RIGHT when they said it is so different when it is your own child. The love you have for them is so much more than you thought you could ever experience … and you actually enjoy the things that would otherwise annoy you with someone else’s child! Everyone definitely has their own path in life, but I am so happy we decided to jump in to parenthood, and couldn’t agree with Tia more.

Chelsea on

Yes Emma you are right, there are much bigger childhood stars than Tia and Tamara but often times they (other stars) are mostly known for the things that have gone wrong in their lives. Tia and Tamara have never been rumored to have taken drugs, drunkenness or sleeping around…….in childhood or adulthood. Tia and Tamara have always been classy and dignified. So in my opinion, they are the BIGGEST STARS of them ALL.

Mom Of Twins on

Yup, I’ve been sleep deprived since the birth on my twins in 2000. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Loving my Kids on

Her statement about not knowing love until you have a child is completely true. For people who don’t have kids to say that it’s a silly or ridiculous statement, how can make that judgement when you don’t have any children? But let me clarify it a bit more (from my perspective), having a child opens your eye to this instant never ending unconditional intense love. You can love lots of people in your life, but the love you feel for your children is completely different.

I completely respect peoples’ opinions to choose wether or not they want kids (and I do believe that not everyone is meant for kids), but it does sometimes make me sad when I have someone I know (personally) would be a good parent says they don’t want kids. It makes me sad because I know that they won’t experience this kind of love. Yes, being a parent is stressful, tough and tiring, but when I get a hug from my little boy, or I watch my child’s eyes light up in awe when they experience something for the first time it makes every tough moment disappear.

Congratulations Tia, I don’t care what status in the world of celebrity you are, you are now a mother, and I congratulate you!

megan on

I love her, loved “Sister Sister” when I was younger! And I just got super excited because I love “The Game” I have netflix and watched every episode of it, and I thought that the show was over, that’d it’d been cancelled and that was it. But it says they’re filming again, so I’m super stoked! I hope it goes to netflix quick, because i don’t have cable so that’s the only way I can watch it.

Madelyn on

To those of you who have decided to remain childless and making comments about how stupid her comment is…Just remember you haven’t experienced having a child so you don’t know what she is experiencing. Women who choose to have a child have loved their husbands and experienced life without giving birth so have both points of view. Everyone has the right to choose whether they want to have children or not and I dont think anyone is saying you have to have a child to be fulfilled. You can know love, many of you do know love but it is a different love than that you feel for your child. This is an experience you have chosen not have so be comfortable with it…you dont have to defend it.

PS. You can get stretch marks and grey hair without children, be grateful for good genes 🙂

Congratulations Tia!

T.Davis on

@Emma what are you talking about? Clearly you must be referring to a different people.com because the only reason this website is even mentioning Tia is because she just had a baby. When have you seen people.com talk about her other than in the last couple of months. Im glad they are talking about Tia Mowery, especially in a positive light. I guess you was looking for a Lindsay lohan story. Tia and Tamera are two amazing child actress who didnt let the fame go to their head.

Stayce on

@ Emma: Seriously? If you don’t care,then don’t read the article and don’t take the time to post a negative, derisive comment. Plenty of people are interested in Tia and Tamera — they are REAL actresses, unlike, say, the Kardashians or some of the other reality tv “stars” People is always writing about.

Adrienne on

@Anonymous- i travel the world extensively and have two children 8 and 3.

Lili on

Thank you Tash for your comment to Emma. Just another HATER!!!!

EH on

I agree with the posters who say that this statement is too broad. I’m getting sick of hearing celebrities say you never know love until you’re a mother because (1) it’s a rude thing to say for women without children to read and (2) what does that say about your husband, sig other, or close family and friends? I’m particularly concerned when celebrities who are still in a relationship with the father say this. Hopefully they don’t mean this literally or that could mean trouble for the relationship.

PS – That feeling is probably love + hormones/instinct (think mama bear doting on and protecting her cubs), which may feel stronger that love alone, but it doesn’t mean a mother “never knew love” before having a child.

tdt on

Congrats Tia & Cory! Soak up each moment because they all go by so fast, and take lots of pictures. Excited for your new show to premiere.

Gloria on

Emma, people care as much about Tia and Tamara as they do Pink, Victoria Beckham, Ivanka Trump and any other mother who recently gave birth!!!! If you are were not interested, why would you take the time to read the article and post a comment! Sounds like you need to keep it moving and stop being such a HATER !!!

jes on

Congrats to her and her family. She is so beautiful and glowing. I loved them on Sister-Sister and now w/Tia on The Game, miss it on the CW, but at least its replaced on BET so I can catch at least one of the airings. I am looking forward to their new show tonight.

Mersedees on

I have been a huge fan of the twins since Sister Sister. I agree with so many of the others who have commented on them being child stars who grew up “right.” Congrats to both sisters on marriage and motherhood.

And Emma to reiterate if you don’t like Tia why are you on here making comments? It’s obvious no one shares your opinions and the ones that do have sense enough not to comment or even read the story for that matter. Do us all a favor and next time think before you speak.

Mersedees on

Some of you women without children obviously have some issues, going by the comments you make. Because you don’t have children you obviously don’t understand what kind of love she is talking about so stop assuming. But if you would like to understand ask you mother how she felt when she first held you in her arms, looked at your face and seen traces of herself and your father. Maybe then you might get a slight understanding of what Tia is saying.

Sherry on

Comment for Ms. Emma, there are a lot of people do care about Tia and Tamera especially African-Americans. Soooo, your doubts are hugely wrong.

Leigh on

I don’t think what Tia said was rude. She is speaking of her own personal experience. I just so happen to agree with her. When I was single, nothing excited me more than success in my career. But nothing I ever accomplished gave me more joy than when I had my son. Of course I immensely love and enjoy my husband, but the love for our child is different. I can respect that all women don’t feel the same as I do.

Anonymous on

Congratulations and I know how you feel.

I had to chuckle when her doctor said “the baby could come before or after her due date”.

Susan Lewis on

The emotion is indescribable. It doen’t fade, either. My daughter is 18 now, and if anything it is stronger.

Gaia and Laban's mom on

Women who have given birth experience a chemical love that is a euphoric feeling which cannot be replicated. Both mother and child experience it as a means of creating a bond that motivates the mother to care for the infant. So anyone who hasn’t given birth has not experienced that kind of “love”, the instantaneous feeling mowry has described.

I don’t understand the motivation behind posting about how happy you are to be childless. To invoke envy? To hide some insecurity? Because everyone who is a parent was childless at one point so we know what it’s like to have free time and income. You don’t have to defend your choices, nobody attacked them.

Gaia and Laban's mom on

Oh and I have no grey hairs or stretch marks aside from the ones I got during PUBERTY.

Niche on

I too understand what she meant by her statement about love. That love creates the strongest bond ever. There is no love like the love for your children.
I also don’t understand the need for childless women to comment on knowing motherly love without having children, don’t defend your choices to strangers… Seems like you need to reevaluate your life.

Anonymous on

@ Emma

you are an idiot

Shay on

I totally understand where’s she coming from. Motherhood, especially at first, is overwhelmingly emotional. It’s physical, mental, chemical, etc. And I DO think that love for a child (not necessarily your own) can be the purest love you’ll ever know.

But I don’t measure love. There are different kinds, and I feel lucky to have experienced every single one. I don’t think mothers have a monopoly on it, and I don’t think childless women don’t know what love is. I think that she was speaking on her own experience, and as a brand-new mother, I think you can cut her some slack.

Emma on

…the amazingly beautiful thing is that you feel that way with each child. I never thought I could love another child as much as my 1st… but we’ve just had out 3rd boy and I am totally smitten. As I tell my boys quite often, they each own a piece of my heart.

And to the OTHER Emma—– maybe you don’t find them news worthy, but I grew up watching them and think their beautiful women inside and out. Don’t read it if you don’t like it!

Sarah on

What’s with all the bitchiness from motherless folks here? I don’t have kids (and I’m not sure if I ever will, at least not naturally), but I smiled when I read this because it’s nice to hear about happy people. I thought she was talking about herself really, not a general statement about all of us. Geez. I have to think when people knock someone for being happy, it’s because their own lives are so miserable. Stop being so overly sensitive.

I agree with the moms – we’ve never been mothers, so we have no idea what it’s like.

MommytoanE on

Ladies, srsly. Remember. Opinions are like bumholes. Don’t like an opinion stop sniffin that bumhole. Good gracious. I think what Emma ment, is that Tia and Tamara haven’t been *highly* active in the past few years, therefor haven’t been as popular. But what Emma fails to realize is that Tia hasbeen part of a tv show for a few years now. Which still makes her an active star.

LOL Cute story. Thankfully, for some of us lucky ones, the sleep does seem to come back. My DD slept through the night at 6 weeks, and has been a very good sleeper since then. So I’m lucky enough to get a full nights sleep. The emotions….granted right now are higher for her due to changing hormones…NEVER go away. You’ll always hit a first milestone and feel a litle catch in your heart….maybe even shed a few tears. Of corse, its different for every mom tho. 🙂
I do have to say…enjoy these days. They slip by way too quickly, and before you know it you’ve got an amazing older child and all you can do is sit and let your head spin at how fast it all went by.

Alisa on

Sure, you don’t know that incredibly deep, unconditional maternal love until you have a baby… but that doesn’t mean you don’t know love at all.

Hazel on

DD, you must be from babycenter? 🙂

She is right. There is no love like the love you experience once you have a child. Your life is instantly changed forever. Congrats T!!

amandaK on

To each their own. With or without children love is a great thing and I’m happy for her. She has the right just as we all do to express herself. I don’t think anyone needs to defend their child filled or child free status.

MommytoanE on

Hazel, you mean me?
Once upon a time, Yes I was from BBC. I haven’t posted or been there in several years tho. There were a lot of forums I really loved there tho. 🙂 Great site for mom’s of younger ones.

Lavonia on

I love Tia and Tamara always have they are very sweet girls well women now and congrats to both of them on marriage and Tia having her first child I watch their new show tonite on style network and love it will be watching every week some people should leave their comments to their selves if you cannot say anything nice dont say nothing at all and you learned that when you was 2 Emma IJS

Janna on

@EH… Are you serious, girlfriend?

You think a woman talking about love for her child is rude because it might upset women without children? Are you freaking kidding me? This is a website about babies. Let me say it again for you, sweetheart: B A B I E S

And yes, fool, it does mean that you never know THAT KIND OF LOVE until you have a child. You can argue the point, but let’s face it: you can’t know what chocolate ice cream tastes like until you taste it either.

aimeedus on

I had my first child at 28 ..and I agree there is no greater love than the love you feel for your child if you dont have children then you will never understand that love.i love my nieces nephews and other family memebers too and treated them like my oen child but once I had my own child it was different level of love

dsfg on

“some people should leave their comments to their selves if you cannot say anything nice dont say nothing at all and you learned that when you was 2 Emma IJS”

I learned how to speak/write English properly when I was two . . .

CelebBabyBlogAddict on

Ummmmm I LOVE Tia and Tamera Mowry and am glad to finally see them back in the public eye! I hope their show comes to Australia – am dying to watch!!!

stephanie on

my daughter was born on June 28, 2011 she was 18 days early. just thought i’d throw that out there lol !:)

Doreen on

I loved watching “Sister, Sister” back then! My fav was Tia. Now, she’s ALL Diva. OMG. I watched her show and she is TOO much!! Very self absorbed. Also, no greater love….that would be JESUS!

Edna on

Its the most rewarding job you will ever have.The flooding of emotions will get better,when your son sleeps you sleep.This was the best advice given to me by my nurses.Let your husband do all that can.Thats their time together..Enjoy this time it goes by fast.
God Bless…

Carrie Jo on

The innocence, purity, and ferocity of a mother’s love for her child cannot be compared to the love for any body else on earth.

dirky on

motherhood is a blessing because there are so many out there who wants to be a mother and can not,so as things get hard in motherhood always remember that u as a mother are one of the blessed ones

pat on

Congrats…..on the baby boy…Care for your self & your baby boy…motherhood is a Big Job….but GOD will see you through it all..

Mama C on

Three years ago I would have balked over her comment about a mother’s love for her child. I didn’t think it was possible to love anyone as much as I loved my family and my husband. Boy was I wrong!!! I love our son so much that it literally brings me to tears! It truly is a love that I have never experienced before!

Taffy on

It’s so refreshing to read of child stars who are NOT selfdestructing all over the place. They’ve grown from children to lovely women with never a negative episode along the way. Good for you girls!!! Enjoy your children and families.