Amy Schumer is using social media to reach out to fellow parents for advice as she gets ready to return to work for the first time since becoming a mother.
The actress is known for being open about her parenting struggles, including her difficult pregnancy with baby Gene Fischer, who she shares with husband Chris Fischer. But after spending time at home with the now 23-month-old, Schumer is asking for guidance when it comes to the next milestone of leaving her little boy at home as she goes back to set.
"I got to be with my son for the last couple years. And now I’m going back to work, where I’m not gonna see him at all," the 39-year-old said in a video posted to Instagram. "I know. I’m lucky, I’m privileged, I’m whatever, but still. I want to also have a space for me to feel."
Schumer went on to say, "I’m worried about it. I’m kind of bugging out. I’m sad. But you know, when you’re shooting something like I won’t see him for, you know, I won’t get to see him for like 5 days a week. I know people have it worse than me, but I would love to hear what other moms, other parents have done kind of to prepare for that."
Luckily, her comment section quickly became a sounding board for moms who have been through the same thing.
"Oh honey, I've been there and I know how hard it is," Debra Messing commented. "It hurts – physically — to be away from your boy. Try and have a set time each day to FaceTime with him. Structure will make you both feel better."
The Will & Grace actress also suggested a teddy bear with recorded messages and reading books together virtually. "Remember he is being loved up every second you're away and it will hurt you much more than him."
Paulina Porizkova echoed that sentiment. "You know what's cool? He won't remember," the model wrote. "My husband was often not present — and both my kids will swear up and down our parenting was equaal in time. Seems like with dogs — all they need and remember is the love."
Schumer even responded to a piece of advice from a user who assured her that the anticipation is the worst part. "Once you rip the proverbial band-aid off, it's not nearly as bad as all the worries you have in your head leading up to it. You will still have guilt, but you will have many moments of actually enjoying a space for you," the comment reads. Schumer wrote back, "I really feel this. Thank you."
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