Gabrielle Union and baby Kaavia James Union Wade cover the latest issue of Parents magazine. In the issue, the actress  opens up about how she juggles motherhood with her career.

“Kaavia went through a phase of not napping. I was like, ‘When do I shower or pee or live?’ ” Union says. “So I had to get a little comfortable with her crying, which I had not been. And then I took the quickest shower of all time!”


“I suck at swaddling,” she admits in the May issue. “I don’t know whether to use plastic or glass bottles.”

“I never knew there were so many types of nipples. And installing a car seat is like taking the SATs!” jokes the actress. “I don’t have all the answers, which feels terrifying.”

The Bring It On and Being Mary Jane actress ,however, that she is not trying to be a perfect mom.

“When I need a minute to return emails or cry or mindlessly scroll through social media, I’ll take it,” Union explains. “I’m not trying to be a perfect parent. … I’m okay with life not being balanced. I’m not hitting it out of the park in every area. There are times I should be studying lines, but I’m playing with my baby and I’m enjoying it.”

Union and husband Dwyane Wade welcomed their daughter via surrogate in November.

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