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.
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Beyoncé Knowles told
People, "The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy. The word 'love' means something completely different now," she said. "I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth." Noam Galai/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Rachel Murray/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
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." Bryan Bedder/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
“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. Feng Li/Getty Images News/Getty Images Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Jason Kempin/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
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, 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 Give me earplugs! you think about the time , and there was the one parent who looked at you and smiled. And that compassion was everything." kid was screaming your Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
"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. " I felt that my " life started the day my kids were born and everything I had before was something to be used as wisdom and experience for them," according to Drew Barrymore in an interview with HELLO! Mike Coppola/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
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." Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
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." Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
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. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
"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" Handout/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
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. John Sciulli/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
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." Jason Kempin/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
In an interview with Entertainment Online, Kerry Washington shared, "The thing that has changed the most about me since I became a mom is that my
heart keeps getting bigger and bigger."