Country songstress Carrie Underwood often shares her parenting journey with fans on social media.

From breastfeeding to getting fit postpartum, the 36-year-old isn’t shy when to comes to showing the less-than-perfect sides of motherhood.

But that sometimes opens her up to criticism, she recently told E! News.

During a red carpet interview before Sunday’s 2019 ACM Awards, Underwood spoke about raising her children, 4-year-old Isiah, and 2-month-old Jacob, in the spotlight.

Underwood said that despite sharing her life on social media, she doesn’t always have it figured out. The “Cry Pretty” singer said:

“People expect more of us ‘celebrities.’ Everyone is busy showing the highlight reels of their life, but life is messy.”

The songstress said being a mom is the most important job she has, even with a massive music career. Underwood said:

“I’m a mom first and foremost. That’s my favorite. I love my job but that’s my favorite role to play.”

Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, welcomed their youngest child in January. She said her eldest has adapted well to being a big brother.

The singer told E! News:

“He loves it. He calls Jacob ‘My baby.’ ‘Where’s my baby? How’s my baby? I wanna kiss my baby.'”

She said seeing her son interact with his brother is “really cute.”

Last week, Underwood opened up about “bouncing back” after welcoming her new bundle of joy. She said shedding baby weight has been a bit harder after this pregnancy compared to her first:

I’m going to be honest, “bouncing back” after having Jacob has been much more difficult than after I had Isaiah and I’ve been pretty hard on myself lately.

However, Underwood said that she’s learning to accept herself. The mom of two explained:

… I’m going to take it day by day, smile at the girl in the mirror, and work out because I love this body and all it has done and will continue to do!

It seems that regardless of the judgment she faces on social media, Underwood is figuring out her journey through motherhood on her own terms.

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