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Kerry Washington's Confession About Working Mom Life Is So Heartwarming

The Scandal actress, who is now a mom of two, shared that even the most stressful moments of parenthood are her version of "perfect."

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Any mom of two knows that juggling a couple of L.O.s along with every day life can be outrageously challenging and exhausting. But even the most stressful moments, you can find yourself feeling incredibly grateful and content. Scandal star and mom of two Kerry Washington recently explained how she's experienced that feeling, and she really hit the nail on the head

"I can be covered in spit-up on a conference call while I’m pumping, and that’s okay, because this is my perfect,” she told Net-a-Porter's The Edit magazine for their cover story. The publication reported that Washington was breastfeeding her 7-month-old son Caleb Kelechi, her son with husband and ex-NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, during the interview. "it may not be somebody else's, but this is mine." 

In addition to Caleb, Washington and Asomugha share 3-year-old daughter Isabelle Amarachi. But since giving birth the first time, Washington has remained pretty tight-lipped about family life. Maybe it's for that reason that it feels even more significant that she shared such a intimate, heartfelt truth in this interview. But it's also such a sweet example of how you can find joy in even the simplest things as a mom — even things that might to others seem like a complete headache. 

She also said that when she feels overwhelmed with working mom life, she looks to Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes for inspiration. “Shonda’s got I-don’t-know-how-many shows now, plus three kids, and she just figures it out,” Washington told The Edit. “However busy I feel, Shonda feels busier, so I’m just going to rise to the occasion. She’s been a real role model. Seeing the community she’s created and the work ethic – I feel like there should be more of this in the world.” Cheers to that!

Obviously, just like any mom, she's trying to navigate the chaos from day-to-day, but it seems like she has a winning plan for striking that elusive balance as much as possible. Washington's positivity is truly inspiring.