Carrie Underwood Admits She’d ‘Feel Guilty’ Getting Help at Home: ‘I’m Learning’ to Ask for Assistance

10/10/2016 at 08:00 AM ET

Carrie Underwood
Jeff Lipsky

Carrie Underwood is embracing the wonders — and challenges — that come with motherhood.

The country star talked to Redbook about how 19-month-old Isaiah Michael — her son with husband Mike Fisher — changed her life.

“I definitely feel like it’s changed me as a person,” Underwood, 33, says in the cover story of the magazine’s November issue.

“I’m happier. I’m in a better mood a lot of the time. He’ll be watching cartoons and I’ll be watching him. I’m completely in love. I love it when he’s sleepy and I get to hold him and smell him. He doesn’t know I’m staring at him and being all googly-eyed!”

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And while she loves seeing all of her son’s milestones, the proud mom says raising her baby boy is a constant learning process.

“Ask for help,” she advises other moms, adding, “Accepting help is hard for me, but I’m learning. Sometimes I feel guilty that this is my son’s life: We live on a bus and we’re in a hotel room and sometimes we’re in the middle of nowhere and it’s not so great. It’s not all glamorous.”

She continues, “We have a nanny who helps out, especially when we’re on the road. But I’d feel guilty asking someone to watch him at home while I run to the grocery store.”

Carrie Underwood
Jeff Lipsky

Luckily for Underwood, she should have an extra hand available when the couple are ready for baby No. 2.

“If my husband were at the beginning of his career, I’m not sure we could handle it,” she says of expanding their family. “Since he’s kind of nearing the end and won’t be traveling so much, we’re like, ‘We can figure it out for not that long.’ You make it work.”

Carrie Underwood
Jeff Lipsky

Underwood says balancing her family and being on the road for her tour is difficult, but doable.

“When I was pregnant, I thought, How am I going to go on the road? How am I going to keep doing my job?” she says. “I had to just give it to God and stop worrying about it. Sure enough, we figured it out.”

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Aj on

She’s feel guilty asking for help, but has as nanny?

Anonymous on

AJ- from a working mom. Carrie works – she needs someone to help when she is working. She doesn’t have a 9-5 job, so instead of daycare there is a nanny. When she is not working that is prob when she feels a bit guilty asking for help. It is tough to go to the grocery store with a toddler. I have done it, but it is much better to keep them at home- no meltdowns or junk food bought and they are more happy playing with their toys than in a shopping cart.

Shan_Strick on

@AJ, she said she has a nanny while on tour, but would feel guilty having one when they are at home. Obviously she has to have someone to stay with the baby in the evenings while she is on stage, but it’s a different story having someone taking care of the little one while they are just hanging out at home. I completely get what she means.

Suzanne on

Love her! Hey AJ – learn to read and then comprehend what you are reading!!!

Sam on

She doesn’t treat herself like a celebrity and different from everyone. Good for her to act like a normal person.