New folderConsidering that the average American woman gets about only 12 weeks (maximum!) of unpaid maternity leave, getting our postpartum selves back to the hypothetical office is a struggle many women are familiar with. And in a totally “Stars! They’re just like us!’ kind of moment, Jessica Simpson bemoans that exact timeline — only, you know, with scores of trainers and nannies and cooks.

The soon-to-be mother of two told People magazine that motherhood is stellar, but also “challenging.” And her schedule has just about the world to do with it:

“On some of the days of Fashion Star, I’m awake before

[my daughter Maxwell]

is awake, and I’m not home until she’s already back to sleep,” she explains.

“That’s only happened about four times, but it makes the day awful. I definitely need to see my baby.”

“I get really sad if I don’t get to see her,” she continues. “And then when Maxwell sees me, she just stares at me and touches my face. I can tell she missed me. That breaks my heart.”

Ah, yes. The old they’re asleep when you’re leaving/asleep by the time you get home work-life balance ballad. “Only about four times,” however, is a quite a different (privileged) interlude.

(photo: WENN.com)