Shawn Johnson East Recalls ‘Massive’ Meltdowns, Says Becoming a Mom of 2 was a ‘Rough Transition’

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Shawn Johnson East is opening up about life with two under two this week, recalling “very low moments in those first couple of weeks” after bringing home her second baby this summer.

The Olympic gold medalist welcomed her son Jett James, with husband Andrew East on July 19, via cesarean section. Shawn says the first few weeks of navigating life with a newborn and a toddler was rocky at best. But in the months since, the family of four has found their groove despite the “absolute chaos” happening daily in their household.


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“I’ve had massive meltdowns,” the 29-year-old recently told PEOPLE Magazine. “My biggest fear in having a second kid was Drew was my baby, she was my everything. And just like before having her, I couldn’t picture having another human sharing my heart and sharing my life.”

“When I came home, the transition was really hard, because instead of having her there and being able to be like, ‘It’s okay, baby, you’re still my baby, but we have another baby,’ she was sick and she had to go stay with Grandma and Grandpa,” Shawn says.

“I had some very, very low moments in those first couple of weeks, just because I missed my baby girl and I wanted to make sure she knew she was loved,” the former gymnast adds. “It’s just that rough transition of splitting your heart and sharing it, and trying to show your love to your babies equally.”

She says, “We’ve worked really hard to make sure she feels loved.”


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Despite weeks of being in limbo and separated as a family, Shawn says she felt more confident caring for a newborn this time around.

“With my daughter, over time I learned what products work, but I didn’t know why. Now, having the confidence and going through everything, with my son I know why products work,” continues Johnson East. “There’s science and actually strategy behind it. It’s why all their stuff works.”

She added, “I think now, as a mom of two with Jett, I just felt so much more confident.”


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Shawn says she and Andrew are loving watching their kids grow through every age and stage.

“My husband and I have said the same thing, that right now where Jett is, we love it. We’re like, ‘Oh, I hope he never changes.’ I don’t want him to grow up at all,” she explains, adding, “But then a week goes by or a month goes by and we’re like, ‘Oh, this is the best phase. I don’t want this to change!’ We’ve been saying that with my daughter since she was born, and we’re saying that now with Jett. Every phase is something new.”

“It’s just so cool, because you see them grow and turn into people,” she says proudly. “It’s really fun.”

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