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Jade Roper Is ‘Happier’ After Struggling During Son Brooks’ 1st Year: ‘I’m in a Much Better Place’

Jade Roper Hard Year After Birth of Son Brooks
Jade Roper and BrooksCourtesy of Jade Roper/Instagram

Finding peace. Jade Roper opened up about how she learned to discover happiness following her son Brooks’ rough first year.

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Roper, 33, addressed the matter on her “Mommies Tell All” podcast with cohost Carly Waddell on Wednesday, August 12. During the episode, the pair answered several questions from listeners including a query about something that they “can do today that you were not capable of a year ago.” Roper admitted that she’s learned to feel more content in life.

“I definitely feel like — which I don’t know why, it’s just like this journey I’ve gone through over the last year — I feel like happier,” the Bachelor in Paradise alum explained. “Yeah, I just feel like last year was really hard for me and I was stressed and I wasn’t really capable of finding happiness or even really wanting to choose happiness.”

Jade Roper Hard Year After Birth of Son Brooks
Jade Roper and Brooks Courtesy of Jade Roper/Instagram

Roper continued, “I don’t know what it’s been. It’s just, after having Brooks and going through a lot with it and I had a really hard eight months with him — the first eight months. And I don’t know if it is pregnancy hormones or what it is but I do have just a lot more like peace but willingness to choose it, you know?”

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The Naturally Jade founder said she was likely “dwelling” on a lot. In addition, Roper began to believe as if she “deserved the stress and deserved the hard, tough times” she was facing. Now, she is able to “let go of things or put them aside” compared to before.

“Obviously my life is still hard in certain ways and I have hard days or bad days, but I’m able to overall just feel, like, happier,” she explained. “Mentally, I’m in a much better place. But I also know it’s because of choices too. Some of it was not choices. Some of it was just circumstance and things I went through but now I feel like I’ve done some healing and I’m able to just choose happiness.”

Roper has been married to Tanner Tolbert since 2016. In addition to their son Brooks, the couple — who fell in love on season 2 of Bachelor in Paradise — also share a 2-year-old daughter named Emmy.

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The son Brooks’ arrival in July 2019 didn’t go according to plan as Roper wound up giving birth in a closet. “I accidentally gave birth at home last night, in our master closet,” she shared via Instagram at the time, sharing a photo of herself cradling her baby boy. “I’ve been still processing the shock of this all, as this was not all at what I had planned, but I am so, so thankful for each person who helped bring our son into the world safely.”

Tolbert, for his part, later admitted on “The Viall Files” podcast that the pair’s romantic life “took a dive” after becoming the parents of two. The 33-year-old reality star said he’s even “begged” for more intimacy, but didn’t want “pity sex.”

The Bachelor Nation couple confirmed in May that they are expecting their third child together.

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