Warm Up With Coco

Coco Rocha, 30, was a new mom when she be­came an owner of a mod­el­ing agency. Now she men­tors other women, gives her 1.2 mil­lion In­sta fans re­veal­ing glimpses of the fash­ion world, and, oh, she’s had an­other baby! Who knew a su­per­model could be so re­lat­abl

Parents (USA) - - Contents - by ERIN BRIED / pho­to­graphs by MATTHEW PRI­EST­LEY

Su­per­model and mom Coco Rocha is just like us—she hasn’t slept nor­mally in years, has trou­ble mak­ing up bed­time sto­ries, and lives in the mo­ment.

I was so clue­less the first time around.

“We were so ner­vous about leav­ing the hos­pi­tal with Ioni. They said, ‘You can go home now,’ and my hus­band, James [Con­ran, also her busi­ness part­ner], and I were like, ‘Us? Are you sure?’ I look back and think about how easy that time was. New­borns do noth­ing! Now Ioni is 3, and she wants to do ev­ery­thing.”

I still dis­like the dis­ci­pline part.

“I got spanked. I got grounded for two months at a time. I thought I’d dis­ci­pline Ioni strongly, too, but just putting her in the cor­ner is the sad­dest, most up­set­ting thing. When­ever I say, ‘Ioni, if you don’t lis­ten, I’ll put you in the cor­ner,’ I ask my­self, ‘Why did I say that? Now I have to fol­low through.’ She won’t stay, so I sit with her and we wait it out to­gether.”

Who can fig­ure out sleep? Not me.

“I don’t think I’ve slept nor­mally in three years. Ioni used to at least fall asleep on her own, but now she doesn’t and it’s my fault. After Iver came home, I’d lie with her at bed­time so she felt like we were still bud­dies. Well, we’ve been do­ing that for seven months. Re­cently, I said, ‘When you were lit­tle, you didn’t need me here,’ and she said, ‘No! I like this!’”

I do ex­actly what I swore I’d never do.

“My mom dressed me to match her. We lived in Bri­tish Columbia, Canada, and wore dra­matic match­ing hats. As a kid, I loved it. As a tween, I wanted to look cool, not like an old lady. So I swore I’d never make my kids dress like me, but now I do. I’m not sorry about it ei­ther! Iver and I both wore ripped jeans one day. It was so im­prac­ti­cal, but we looked so cute.”

Mom-shamers are the worst.

“I breast­fed both kids for four months, and each time, my milk got low. I posted on my In­sta­gram about get­ting for­mula de­liv­ered, and peo­ple started com­ment­ing, ‘How dare you?’ ‘You’re lazy!’ It was out of hand. I thought, ‘I don’t need to ex­plain my­self to you.’ It was the first time I re­al­ized mom-sham­ing was a thing. Some­times I laugh it off. Or I cry. Or I block and delete. It de­pends on how tired I am.” We’re to­tally try­ing this!

I’m a lousy sto­ry­teller.

“The kids have a grand­fa­ther who is the most imag­i­na­tive hu­man. He can look at a tree and cre­ate a mag­i­cal story about it. Me? If Ioni asks for a story, I think of a movie she’s never seen and tell her the plot as if I’m mak­ing it up. I re­cently told her the en­tire Benji movie!”

There’s no­body I’d rather hang with.

“If I can’t take the kids on a work trip, it hurts. I love be­ing a mom. James and I went on a baby­moon be­fore Iver was born, and I tried to en­joy it, but I felt sad. I missed Ioni. If that’s weird, I guess I’m weird. Be­ing a mom is just my fa­vorite thing.”

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