And they say a leopard never changes its spots. Kylie Jenner may not be ready to give up the leopard prints, but this new mom officially wins for doing the biggest 180 we've ever seen. Moms around the world spent the first half of 2017 rolling their eyes at this spoiled girl and her sheltered life. Kylie's Instagram was feeding us a steady stream of the same glitzy cars, ritzy dresses, designer bags, and questionably priced Lip Kits – literally when was this going to change?
Oh, it changed, all right. We didn't know it yet, but a 20 year-old Kylie was rocking a baby bump. In the second half of 2017, the jet-set selfies and skintight dresses came to a sudden halt. The second trimester might be one that loose clothing can hide, but there's no arguing when it comes to the third. Disappearing from social media entirely except for a string of Kylie Cosmetics posts, the youngest Kardashian-Jenner returned to Instagram in 2018 with the biggest bang ever – Stormi Webster was introduced to the world, and at 1 day old, this baby broke Instagram records.
Kylie is now a mom juggling a billion-dollar empire, a baby, plus the one thing that nobody wants when they're a new mother– the entire world poking their nose in. To be fair, with three sisters who are moms and a "momager" always in the background, Kylie is also getting an earful from her entire family. They're learning to respect the youngest Kardashian-Jenner, though. Nobody ever thought that it would happen, but Kylie is acing it as a mom. Here are 20 times Kylie Jenner was total mom goals.
20 "I FEEL THE SAME, JUST BETTER"
Standing there in her pink rubber dress, you could argue that this dolled-up 20-something hasn't changed a bit. Don't judge a book by its cover. When The Evening Standard arranged for Kim Kardashian to interview Kylie on being a new mom, we learned just how much this girl has changed.
Kim asked Kylie about the "challenges" of motherhood. "It's actually been the opposite for me," Kylie replied. "I feel like it's just been so amazing. I can't wait till she can come everywhere with me." Kylie went to her BFF, Jordyn Woods' birthday bash looking like this, but she took little Stormi with her.
19 "I'M LEARNING SO MUCH MORE ABOUT MYSELF AND LIFE"
Notice a few things about this pic? #1 It's isn't "me, me, me." #2 It isn't a Gucci-dripping selfie with a good couple of thousand dollars worth of purses in the background. #3 Kylie just looks so at peace here.
"You are my happy place," Kylie captioned this pic of her with Stormi.
In her interview with big sis, Kim, Kylie said that motherhood means she is "learning so much more about [herself] and life." Kylie admitted that it isn't all easy. "There's hard times and stuff... even in the beginning, just not sleeping, the nights, like, baby blues." Kylie is finally ready to face reality.
18 PROVING THAT 20 ISN'T TOO YOUNG
The issue of "when is the right age to have kids" is always debated– some women feel that you should put your career first and not start until you're in your 30s, while others think you should do what feels right. Kylie was 20 when Stormi was born. Single-handedly running a beauty empire was something she had already nailed. Kylie had her views on age, though.
"I feel like 30 is too late," Kylie has said. Long before she became pregnant, Kylie had said that she wanted kids by the time she was 25. We're seeing responsibility from someone 4 years younger than that.
17 PROVING THAT A MATERIAL GIRL CAN BE A MOM
The moms managing to rock multi-millionaire careers and babies? Beyonce is doing it. Cardi B is doing it. With her sisters proving that you can 100% be a material girl and still be a hands-on mom, Kylie is shutting down the critics with the best proof there is. She'll still wear a Dior tee, but it's the caption that says it all.
"i was hot as hell out in the heat, then a storm came in to save my life" was the caption to this September 2018 pic. Kylie recently posted a video tour of her $1 million purse closet, as estimated by People. She has already picked out a Hermès bag for Stormi.
16 THE KYLIE PIC WE NEVER THOUGHT WE'D SEE
If this pic says anything, it's "stop judging Kylie Jenner." Kylie rocked the internet back when Stormi was a newborn – that $12,500 Fendi stroller wasn't appreciated by some moms (for crying out loud, think what you could do with $12,500!). Kylie was photographed in June 2018 with this setup.
"I would rather be with her or wish she can come everywhere." Kylie wasn't playing Lip Kit queen here. She was being a mom.
Notice that Kylie is wearing no makeup. Notice that the stroller isn't designer. In a series of snaps by The Daily Mail, Kylie was seen carrying Stormi herself. Most of all, Kylie looks happy.
15 THE POSITIVITY ABOUT HER POST-BABY FIGURE THAT IS SO INSPIRING
Being a pregnant woman is a power, not a flaw. You're carrying a microscopic peanut to start with, but by the end, you've more than earned your hero status. Kylie has always embraced her curves. Hollywood's pressure to look a certain way never affected Kylie, and pregnancy made her even stronger.
While Kylie says that fans assume that she "just bounced back" (and she admits that she has been lucky), she has accepted the changes that her body went through from motherhood. Kylie wants "her abs back," but health is her main focus. "I want to do this for me," she told Cosmopolitan.
14 SHE IS GOING STRONG WITH HER BABY DADDY
Baby daddies aren't always reliable– Khloe Kardashian learned that the hard way. Kylie and Travis Scott have been going strong for around 18 months.
"On my birthday, he woke me up out of bed at like six in the morning. He was like: We gotta go." Travis took Kylie to see the sunrise with violin players and flowers everywhere.
That was what Kylie said is the "most romantic thing Travis has ever done" for her. After Stormi was born, GQ arranged for Kylie to ask Travis 23 questions. "What color is my toothbrush?" Travis knew it was pink. "How many cavities have I had?" Travis knew the answer was zero. These two are rock solid.
13 THAT IS MORE THAN WE CAN SAY FOR HER EX
Kylie might be young, but she's had her breakups. Kylie famously dated the rapper, Tyga before meeting Travis. While Travis steps up to the plate as a dad to King Cairo, the relationships are messy. Tyga's baby momma is Blac Chyna. Chyna has been engaged to Tyga and been a baby momma to Rob Kardashian, but the reality star isn't with either of her baby daddies.
In 2018, Tyga took to Nicki Minaj's Queen Radio to suggest that he is responsible for Kylie's success. "You've got to look at the before and after. I had a lot to do with all that, you know what I'm saying?" No, Tyga, we don't.
12 NONE OF THAT "CELEB C-SECTION" FOR KYLIE
Have you noticed how celebrities seem to schedule in their births like it's a manicure? "Um, wait. I can't give birth on the 30th. I have a photoshoot. Let's make it the 31st." Many celeb moms have had C-sections for genuine reasons, but admit it– there's a lot of them floating around.
Footage on KUWTK shows Kylie in the delivery room. She opted for a natural birth. Travis told Marie Claire: "As soon as I heard [Stormi] crying...It was crazy. I was there through [...] the epidural." Kylie might have opted for the widely used pain relief injection, but she gave birth naturally.
11 NO PAIN, ACCORDING TO KYLIE'S MOM
We'll chalk this down to luck, but being able to say that you "felt no pain" during labor is pretty impressive. Think about it this way. Attention seekers are always moaning. "Oh, it was so painful. I thought I wouldn't make it..." Instead of moaning about all the things that she went through, Kylie only had positive words– both for her pregnancy and her delivery.
"She just kept saying: I just don't feel any pain," Kris Jenner said on KUWTK. Kris even waved her arm around, saying: "You'd see these contractions like crazy." Kris delivered Stormi herself. She later called Kylie "a trooper."
10 "I HAVE STRETCH MARKS"
Think it through – if Kylie is as vain as everybody says she is, pregnancy would have been a "no." When Kylie opened up to Cosmopolitan about her post-baby body, we learned that she is facing what all moms face.
"I have stretch marks on my [chest], my stomach isn't the same, my waist isn't the same." At just 21, Kylie is dealing with a new body (and remember, it gets photographed way more than our bodies ever are). "After Stormi, I feel like people think that I bounced back super fast. [People think] everything's so perfect...and can get the wrong idea on Instagram."
9 "IT'S A CHALLENGE"
When Stormi made her KUWTK debut, everyone was waiting to see how it would happen. Would the inevitable nanny be there in the background? Would Kylie just sit there and gush about "love" while looking at her nails? During a family dinner, Kylie surprised everyone by coming out with Stormi in her arms.
"Now it's all said and done, what's your real take on pregnancy?" Kris asked Kylie. Without a hesitation, Kylie said that it was "beautiful." Still, Kylie admitted: "It is physically, mentally, and emotionally a challenge." Kylie called the birth "great," adding: "I would have done the same thing over again."
8 NOT MANY CELEB BABIES LOOK THIS HAPPY
If you're expecting, listen up. If you're already a mom, watch yourself nodding in about three seconds. Babies don't hold back when it comes to showing their feelings. It doesn't matter how fancy the dinner guests are. If they're not liking it, they'll show it. Travis posted this adorable pic of him and a 7-month-old Stormi.
"We about to be walking soon," Travis wrote. "OG 3s I see u mama." Stormi has been seen giggling with daddy as he carried her. Stormi has been seen looking happy while messing up mommy's makeup. A celeb kid she might be, but Stormi is being raised with love.
7 SO MANY CELEB MOMS REFUSE TO CHANGE THEIR WARDROBE
Super-clingy, super-revealing, super-short. That's generally the standard that you can expect from Kylie Jenner's wardrobe. Following a more toned-down Instagram post where she wore a long knitted coat, Kylie updated her social media with this pic.
"It's just a change and I'm finding, like I have to change my style because nothing in my closet fits me from before."
"At such a young age to see your body go through such a change" is something that Kylie also told Cosmopolitan about. For a 21 year-old who loves glittering Versace, it was quite impressive to see Kylie opt for a 30-something blazer and "dad" sneakers.
6 A BABY AND A BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS
Kylie is set to become the richest member of her family. In 2018, Kylie fronted Forbes magazine with "Youngest Self-Made Millionaire" as the headline. The Kylie Cosmetics empire has earned this mom $900 million, and Kylie owns 100% of it.
"It's the most authentic thing I've done in my career, and it really relates to me," Kylie told Kim for The Evening Standard. "I think more about the future because of [Stormi]. Every time I leave and I'm stressed about leaving her, I'm like: I'm doing it for you." Kylie is juggling a major career and yet Stormi is by her side.
5 A BOND THAT'S WORTH MORE THAN MONEY
6.6 million of us liked this post on Instagram. In September 2018, Kylie gave Stormi a solid-gold nameplate bracelet. With mommy's hands clutching her baby's hand, we could see how this was about way more than the fancy jewelry. With Stormi's name etched in, this is a bond that is more important than money ever could be.
"She's going to have her own challenges," Kylie told Kim. "I just hope that she's strong and independent and confident." Kylie feels that her life has "only gotten better" since Stormi arrived. "You're less selfish," she said. This pic didn't show Kylie's face. It showed the powerful bond.
4 "I ACTUALLY ENJOY CHANGING DIAPERS"
From the girl who doesn't seem to wear a pair of sneakers more than once? Kylie isn't in it just for the cute pics and comments. "You're less selfish," Kylie told Kim.
"I actually enjoy changing diapers. It's really satisfying. To make her clean again."
This soon-to-be billionaire can afford 24/7 nannies– multiple. She is changing the diapers herself, though. "I don't know, the whole thing is really...it's like such an amazing experience." Kylie has added that she never wants to "look back." To see a pregnancy that Kylie has admitted "wasn't planned" turn to this...Kylie is all kinds of goals.
3 "I'M SORRY FOR KEEPING YOU IN THE DARK"
This was one of the last Instagram pics of Kylie before it all went silent. Of course, it's shot from the waist-up to cover that bump. "I'm sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions," Kylie wrote with her return to social media. "My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free, and healthy way I knew how."
"There was no gotcha moment, no big paid reveal I had planned." Kylie added: "I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion."
2 "YOU MAKE ALL MY MORNINGS"
So cute, right? Kylie's mornings used to revolve around choosing Gucci or Prada for a ride in either the Lamborghini or the Ferrari. With just a bathrobe and a 100% focus on her baby, this pic was captioned: "You make all my mornings."
For her 21st birthday, Kylie held Stormi close and wrote: "Bringing in my birthday tonight with my most special gift. What was life before you, Stormi. I love you my little angel." Kylie now poses makeup-free holding the most precious thing in her life– and it isn't a designer purse. The fancy penthouse setting is making us a little jealous, but the emotion here wins.
1 REMIND US WHY THIS MOM GETS CRITICIZED?
Kylie's face here almost seems to be asking just that. We've judged this girl (and we shouldn't have). We've questioned her parenting (and we shouldn't have). "I feel like everything that happened was how it was supposed to happen," Kylie told Kim. There isn't a day that we don't see a Snapchat or Instagram of Kylie holding Stormi– Kylie doesn't even seem to mind her baby "messing up her makeup." At 21 years old, the youngest Kardashian-Jenner is a mom to actually respect.
Hit share on Facebook for anyone you know who has judged this new mom. Kylie finally deserves some respect. Plus, you know, that baby is such a squish, we want to eat her with a spoon.