Mother's Day is fast approaching and for many, it's a time to reflect, enjoy family, and think about how life has changed. Motherhood is a compilation of many feelings, both enjoyable and frustrating, but in the end, moms are left with memories, advice, and love they wouldn't trade for the world. Finding the most endearing (or down right honest and hilarious) Mother's Day quotes from celebrity moms is one of the most humbling ways to get a sense of other moms' journeys, emotional ups and downs, and knowledge.
Every mom is stumbling her way through a journey of motherhood. And although, from the outside, it may seem like motherhood is all adorable photos on Instagram and laughing with cute kids, the truth is it's not. Motherhood is chaotic.
For a lot of moms, every day life is about changing more diapers than you ever thought possible, showering less than you care to admit to anyone, and wondering how in the heck someone so tiny has such a large affect on your life. In the beginning, it's a lot of poop, spit up, and milk everywhere. And somewhere along the way, you start to get the hang of things, adapt, fight, cry, laugh, and eventually watch your children grow up right in front of you. And these celebrity moms share exactly what it's like to be in the trenches during their motherhood journey — the good, the bad, and the ugly.
"‘It’s not difficult to take care of a child; it’s difficult to do anything else while taking care of a child. Trying to clean up the kitchen after you’ve had a baby is a nightmare," shared Julianne Moore in an interview with Redbook.
Thandie Newton told Good Housekeeping, "I've learned the value of absorbing the moment. I remember the first time Ripley saw her shadow. My God, it was like shadows had just been invented. It was the most exquisite moment."
“I love my boys so much I fear my heart will explode. I wonder if this love will crack open my chest and split me in half. It is scary, this love,” excerpted from Yes Please by Amy Poehler.
"Every time I look at Luna, I wonder, 'How on earth does anybody do this alone?' I have the utmost respect for mothers (and) single mothers," according to Chrissy Teigen in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
In an interview with Health, Mariska Hargitay shared, "Before you have kids, when you're on a plane and there's a screaming kid, all you can think is, Give me earplugs! As soon as I became a mom, though, I got it," she said. "You find yourself asking, 'What can I do? You want me to hold him?' Because you think about the time your kid was screaming, and there was the one parent who looked at you and smiled. And that compassion was everything."
"It's f**king hard ... I had no idea. It is hard but it's phenomenal," Adele said in an interview with i-D, "It's the greatest thing I ever did. He makes me be a d*ckhead, and he makes me feel young and there's nothing more grounding than a kid kicking off and refusing to do what you're asking of them. "
In an interview with ELLE, Anne Hathaway shared, "When [my son] Johnny was a week old and I was holding him and I was in the ninth level of ecstasy, I just all of a sudden thought, 'Mommy guilt is invented nonsense,'" she said. "We're encouraged to judge each other, but we should be turning our focus to the people and institutions who should be supporting us and currently aren't."
In an interview on Anderson Live, Viola Davis told Anderson Cooper, "I am a woman of a certain age who has been single and lazy and living for herself her entire life. And all of the sudden this human being enters it, and I am frantic every single day," Davis said. "You know what, I do it with forgiveness though, knowing that I am not going to do it perfectly."
In an interview with Red Table Talks, Jada Pinkett-Smith said, “Being a wife and a mother is probably one of the most extraordinary experiences, and the most fulfilling experiences in my life,” she shared. “But at the same time it has been very difficult to balance being able to do the things I want to do and have the freedoms that I want to have and also being responsible for you and your brothers and your father. And I’m constantly every day trying to figure out that balance.”
"It's funny because it's every cliche. It really is. I get peed on, puked on, pooped on, you're up all night ... and yet the weird thing is that you're like 'whatever,'" she said. "When I started to try to find [a] balance, then you're like, 'OK, I can do this,'" according to Jillian Michaels in an interview with Rachael Ray.
"They're [my twins] great. Parenting really is a job ... it's on the job training," according to Wanda Sykes in an interview with Chicago Tribune.
In an interview with Indie Wire, Olivia Wilde said, "I think there’s this incredible gift that your body gives you when you have a baby, that you’re flooded with creative inspiration. You are suddenly so present. I had so many ideas and I felt so bold with my creative juices," she shared. "I think every woman, whether you’re an artist or not, after you give birth, should find some sort of creative outlet"
"I try to be the best version of myself and to have faith that they’re watching me as carefully when I do something right as they do when I roll through a stop sign," according to Jennifer Garner in an interview with TODAY.
In an interview with US Weekly, Hilary Duff said, "You're very sleep-deprived. Sometimes you have a crying baby and you can't do anything to get them to stop crying … you feel, as their mom, that you should be able to have all the answers and be able to take care of them so easily. But, babies don't come with a manual and you don't always know what's going on."
"(When) I try to kiss him, he's like, 'Mommy there are people! You can't kiss me!' ... But I'm your mommy. I should be able to kiss you," according to Jennifer Hudson in an interview with TODAY.