Coco Austin’s Secret to ‘Me Time’ with a Newborn: I Get Up Early to Do Hair and Makeup

03/01/2016 at 10:00 AM ET

Finding alone time as a new mom isn’t easy — in fact, Hannah Storm thinks it’s near impossible.

“I think me time [is] a myth,” the ESPN SportsCenter host jokes in PEOPLE’s Mom Talk series.

Despite the challenges, the mom of three daughters managed to get creative by soaking up her time in the shower when her girls were younger.

“I would take really, really long showers because I thought, it’s really hard for someone to burst in on you in the shower,” she says.

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Although Storm admits the balance can be “tough,” new mom Coco Austin seems to have found the perfect solution to the constant struggle.

“I figured it out — if i get up before her, get my clothes on, get my hair and makeup done before she wakes up, I feel like that’s me time,” Austin, mom to 3-month-old daughter Chanel Nicole, explains.

Austin’s impressive schedule even has actress Ashley Williams — who welcomed son Gus in October 2014 — in awe.

“I am so inspired by that — you wear makeup?!” she jokes. “I remember so distinctly, right after I had Gus, I had just been through 24 hours of labor … and I was likening it to running five marathons in a row, taking a quick shower and then starting the biggest job I ever had.”

She adds, “I remember trying to figure out when I was going to process the birth because I had no time for that. I kept thinking, when do I get to go sit in my closet and eat a pizza by myself and cry about the birth?”

Following Williams’ confession, Storm quips, “When they go to college!”

“So just 16 more years? I’ll put it on the calendar,” Williams says with a laugh.

— Anya Leon


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Please on

There is no time. Especially when you have a selfish husband who makes you do all the middle of the night feedings and you barely have it togeyher physically or mentally to do anything. At least this woman gets a shower… What’s that????

Rox on

She needs a better bra. The boob spillage looks terrible with that top.

Ebony on

I love when rich people who dont have anything better to do whine about not having enough me time and balancing kids and work. please.

Aja on

Oh bless. This generation that needs to go into a closet and “process” an experience. I hope we never have another world war, because we’ll all die with such a spoiled generation at the helm. You had a baby. “Process” it while you’re feeding your baby, or before you go to bed at night. Why must everything be so dramatic?

Tanya on

Many women have same experiences like theirs, glad they shared about their “me” time.

Anonymous on

Please, stop resenting your husband, if you feel like you are doing the best thing for your children you are not. Children don’t want parents who resent each other.
My husband didn’t get up for any middle of the night feedings, instead he worked 60 hours a week for our family so that I could stay home and be there for all the firsts our kids had, so I could teach them the things we wanted them to learn, so I could love on them as much as every mom wants to and not every mom gets the chance to. I am forever grateful to my husband for that, so yes, I do all the cleaning, all the cooking and the majority of the childrearing….it’s exhausting but I am blessed.