Jaime King knows the struggle of being a working mom.
This past Saturday, the actress, 41, revealed what it is like to leave her kids to go back to work. King is a mother to sons Leo Thames, 5, and James Knight, 6½, whom she shares with estranged husband Kyle Newman.
“It’s the hardest thing in the world to say goodbye as a working mother,” she wrote underneath a few photos on Instagram.
“One day, I know my boys will look back and be proud. It’s all for you,” continued King. “There is nothing I wouldn’t do to protect and give you the best life filled with freedom, joy, expression, safety and happiness. Always. ❤️”
Just last month, the mother of two revealed a heartfelt tribute to Leo on his fifth birthday revealing snapshots from their family party.
“HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY Leo Thames❣️Brave as a lion. Flows like a river. We are so blessed to have you here on this planet our beautiful, tender, fearless boy,” she wrote at the time. “When I think of your essence let me quote from your favorite musical Hamilton. ‘Hey yo, I’m just like my country I’m young, scrappy and hungry And I’m not throwin’ away my shot / It’s time to take a shot.'”
“I love you more than anything that has ever existed. Always yours- Mama ❤️,” she concluded.
King filed for a divorce on May 18 from director Newman, 44, after 12 years of marriage. In addition, King also filed a domestic violence prevention petition and an emergency motion related to child custody and visitation, as well as a temporary restraining order which was dismissed at the end of June.
King has not been shy in the past when it comes to being vocal about her children — including James’ choice to wear whatever clothes he wants as well as Leo’s heart condition. She revealed last year how she found out her younger child had transposition of the great arteries, “which is a very serious heart defect,” while she was 33 weeks pregnant.
King also revealed that it was Jimmy Kimmel, who has been through a similar journey with his now-3-year-old son William “Billy” John, who inspired her to be more open about Leo’s story.
“You know, Jimmy’s part of the reason why I felt like it was important to be open about it,” she said. “When you have a voice, you need to use your voice in a responsible way. And I look at my child now, and he’s so strong and amazing and vibrant, but when you’re breastfeeding a baby with 67 lines in them, it’s just a totally different experience.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.