Beyonce’s Year Of Living Mother-ously: 12 Months Of Mama Bey & Blue Ivy
Among the things pregnant women should probably avoid, besides alcohol and cigarettes: any accounts of Beyonce's young motherhood. What new mom isn't going to feel like a relative loser hearing about Beyonce's rapid weight loss and full-on return to a show business career in the months following the birth of Blue Ivy? A major sensation of slackerdom is all but assured.
The upcoming MTV Video Music Awards will mark the one-year anniversary of Beyonce--who turns 31 on September 4--first revealing her baby bump to the world, as the knockout conclusion of an already highly impressive dance number last August. But it feels like so much longer than 12 months, between the lead-up to the birth, subsequent mania over every sighting or official mention of the royal child, and then Mama Bey making news since then in dozens of ways not even related to her Bey-by.
"This is crazy," Beyonce said this past spring, while learning new dance moves before a series of high-profile concerts in May. "I'm enjoying being a mother and going back to my old job is a little strange. But it's important that you don't lose yourself and still have your own passions. And I'm back to work, I'm back to business. What I'm trying to say with this show is: yes, I had a baby, but it just makes me even more grounded and like you...Getting this show together and learning choreography and directing something so huge, for me to do all of this four months after giving birth, I feel like I went from zero to ten, and it was really hard. But I did it, so I'm hoping that somebody out there can be inspired by that."
Some new moms might be inspired by the superstar's immediate return to fighting form. But a severe case of Beyonce-induced postpartum depression seems much more likely.
"Y'all have no idea how hard I worked," Beyonce told the crowd when she took the stage for a four-night stand at the Revel in Atlantic City in May. "I had to lose 60 pounds. They had me on that treadmill. I ate lettuce!"
Speaking of lettuce...Let us take a look back at the year since the hardest working woman in showbiz unveiled her bump, both before and after Blue Ivy made her way into the world:
August 29, 2011: On the red carpet at the VMAs, Beyonce reveals that a kid is on the way. Most of the world didn't hear about it till a couple of hours later, when she told the audience "I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me" and proudly rubbed her belly at the end of her "Love On Top" performance. Details about the pregnancy were not immediately forthcoming, but millions of viewers were at least able to quickly ascertain that she had not been put on bed rest.
September 21: Not even visibly showing under her long white gown, she launches a new perfume, Beyonce Pulse, at a party in New York.