Motherhood is the same for all moms regardless of who they are or how much money they make. Moms sacrifice their body for their children. They put up with sleepless nights and late night feedings. They endure things like getting pooped on and spit up on. All moms know what it’s like to feel that mom guilt. To wonder if they’re doing the right thing by working away from their kids or if their choice to stay home with their kids is the right decision. None of those things change just because someone is a celebrity.
Sure, some celebrities have night nurses to help with all those late night wake ups. But they still have to feed their baby if they’re breastfeeding. Being a celebrity mom doesn’t make them exempt from worrying if their child is okay. Celebrity moms know all the ups and downs of motherhood — they just do it with a little more style than the average mom.
A lot of celebrity moms get called out because people think they don’t know what it’s like to be a “real” mom. In a lot of ways, celebrity moms might even have it harder than the average mom. The average mom doesn’t have to worry about paparazzi trying to get the first picture of your baby and selling it to the media. They don’t have to worry about getting through a crowd screaming your name at the grocery story. Celebrity moms know exactly what the reality of motherhood is like, and here are some of their quotes to prove it.
15 Finding Out She's Having A Baby
Whether you have been trying to get pregnant or if it’s a big surprise, that moment you realize you’re having a baby can be full of different emotions. Happy, scared, excited, and nervous are probably a few of them. Even celebrity moms feel the same way. Ellen Pompeo has talked about her special moment before and about all the stages she went through.
“I got pregnant, and I was like, 'Oh God, it worked! Oh no!' Chris [Ivery, her husband] and I were super happy, then I got terrified! Will I know how to do everything right? Of course, nobody does everything right, but as long as your baby is the priority, that's the best you can do.” - Ellen Pompeo
You will never know if you’re doing everything right and you will question that every day. But the only thing you can do is make sure that you are doing everything for your baby.
14 After Giving Birth
Giving birth to a baby, while an amazing experience, can be hard on a woman’s body. Whether you give birth naturally or have a c-section, there is still recovery time needed. And believe me, being a celebrity doesn’t make you exempt from giving birth. All pregnant women need to get the baby out one way or another. And after carrying around your baby for nine months and giving birth, your body will need even more time. It may take you a while to bounce back or you may never look exactly how you looked before.
Amy Adams has talked about her experiences before, and they are probably similar to thoughts other moms have also had.
“I read about these actresses who get on a stationary bike two weeks after giving birth and I’m like, ‘What? Where did you push your baby out of?’ Since having Aviana, I have a muffin top, and that’s okay right now.” - Amy Adams
13 Sweet And Sour
Motherhood is no joke. Sometimes I like to think of it like those sour patch kids candy commercials. You know the ones that say, “first they’re sour, then they’re sweet”. The commercials usually show a sour patch kid ruining your car but then it will give you a hug. That is how I would describe motherhood. You could be having an awful day because your son dumped his cereal and milk all over himself and the dog and then you got your daughter up for the day only to find she pooped and rubbed it all over her crib. And then there is a moment where they both come up to you and give you kisses and suddenly your day is all better.
Blake Lively knows exactly how that feels and has talked about it before.
”You never know when you're gonna get crapped on or when you're gonna get a big smile or when that smile immediately turns into hysterics.” - Blake Lively
12 Needing To Hide
If you are a mom and haven’t ever thought that you wish you could just hide and be alone, you will soon. Kids have a way of being with you all the time. They want to be there with you when you are cooking. They want to visit you when you’re using the bathroom. And they especially want to see what’s going on when you sneak away for a snack.
All mothers experience this — even Gwen Stefani.
”Meditation is my thing. But I’m not going to lie: sometimes I go into my closet and lock the door so no one can find me.” - Gwen Stefani
A mom of quadruplet girls recently went on the Ellen show after her video went viral. She was trying to hide and sneak a snack and sure enough her babies found her and tried talking to her under the door. Your kids are always with you and it’s okay if you feel like you need to hide sometimes.
11 Sometimes It’s Impossible
I saw this quote by Tina Fey and think she explains motherhood perfectly.
“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘this is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” - Tina Fey
Whether you work outside the home or inside the home, motherhood is a constant juggling act. You are in charge of keeping the kids alive and happy. Maybe you’re juggling meetings outside the house or maybe you have to keep the house clean and cook all the food. Sometimes it’s busier than others and you start to think that there’s no way you can do this. And then it get busier with more work or maybe another baby, and you’re still doing it. Sometimes motherhood seems like it’s impossible, but you always keep going.
10 Savor Every Moment
If I had a penny for every time someone told me to savor the moment because it goes too fast, I would have a lot of pennies. Not quite enough to be rich but enough that you don’t know what to do with all those pennies! And as annoying as those people are, it’s true. Sometimes I look at my kids are wonder how they got so big or reminisce about how tiny they used to be. Life is busy and life is hard. But one day you are going to be looking back on those hard times and wondering where the time went.
Salma Hayek has talked about advice that she got before.
”My aunt gave me the best advice: 'Put her to sleep yourself every night. Sing to her and cradle her in your arms and sit by her side — every night. Because one day you won't be able to, and it's going to happen really fast.’" - Salma Hayek
9 Try To Do Better Tomorrow
“The absolute greatest thing about being a parent is that every day is a fresh start. You always can say, 'Today we're going to try this!' And, if it goes horribly, you can say, 'Today we're throwing that out, and we're trying this!' That's part of what I like about being a mom in general." - Jennifer Garner
Thank you Jennifer Garner! I know I’m not the only mom who has sat there at the end of the day and thought about how bad of a mom I was. As moms, we all try our best. We want our kids to be happy and we try to love them the best we can. But sometimes we feed them cookies for lunch or let them watch too much television. Well maybe we need to throw that day out and try something else tomorrow. You will have bad days, but the good days are the ones you will remember.
8 The Mom Guilt
”There is an unspoken pact that women are supposed to follow. I am supposed to act like I constantly feel guilty about being away from my kids. I don't. I love my job." — Amy Poehler
Mom guilt is the worst thing ever. And the worst part about it is that I’m pretty sure moms are the ones who invented the mom guilt. For some reason, moms think they are supposed to be perfect. We are supposed to feel guilty if we don’t feed our kids healthy food. Or as Amy Poehler said, we should feel guilty working away from the kids.
I never wanted to be a stay at home mom. I just didn’t think it would ever be something I enjoyed doing. Somewhere along the way, I changed my mind and I stay home with my kids now. Luckily it has worked well for my family, but it doesn’t work for every family. Do what’s best for your family, and don’t think you have to feel guilty.
7 Sometimes They Don’t Listen
My son is almost three years old. He is a little sensitive and usually listens really well because he doesn’t like to be in trouble. He has been such a good listener and he is generally super happy about everything. Lately he’s been a little cranky. At first I thought it might have been because he wasn’t sleeping well. And then I realized he’s just going through a phase. Sometimes he doesn’t feel like listening to what I have to say. Whether you’re a normal mom or a celebrity mom, every mom experiences this, even Anna Faris.
”'I don't think so mommy!' Is what my child said after, 'can you please pick up the popcorn you threw all over?'" — Anna Faris
Sometimes they will listen to you and be very sweet, and sometimes they don’t want to listen and want to exert their independence. At least they keep us on our toes!
6 But It Can Be Done
Even after all that motherhood throws at you, it can be done. Kids are sweet and sour and sometimes you feel like you need to hide. Kids don’t always listen and you might think it’s impossible and want to throw some days out, but it can be done. And you are the one who is going to do it.
"There's something really empowering about going, 'Hell, I can do this! I can do this all!' That's the wonderful thing about mothers, you can because you must, and you just DO." — Kate Winslet
People talk about how amazing motherhood is, but no one has ever said that motherhood is an easy task — not even Kate Winslet. But if we figure out how to make it work, it can be really empowering. You realize there are ten thousand things you need to do and you don’t know how you’re going to do it all. When you realize you have to do it, you just do.
5 It Will Be Frustrating
”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. So, it's easy to get frustrated and it's easy to blame yourself — especially being sleep-deprived and on a hormonal roller coaster!” — Hilary Duff
Being a celebrity mom doesn’t mean you won’t experience what it’s like to be sleep deprived and frustrated. It’s just part of being a mom. Whether you are a first time mom or already have several children, every baby takes a while to figure out. Like Hilary Duff said, they don’t come with a manual. But don’t blame yourself for not having all the answers. Motherhood will be frustrating, and that’s okay.
4 Children Are Like Crazy Drunk People
“At the time I only had one kid, but with two on the way I was always hearing talk about golden mystical baby things and precious time. And, I was like, ‘Who are you talking to?!’ If you could see me naked, you would weep. Children are like crazy, drunken small people in your house.” - Julie Bowen
You will hear other moms talk about the good times and how amazing being a mom is. However, chances are you won’t always feel like that. Those good times will come and they will be great, but that’s not the normal life with crazy kids. And you don’t have to feel like motherhood is always perfect and amazing, either. There will be good days and bad days. And when all else fails, just remember that children are like crazy drunk people, or at least that's what Julie Bowen says. I can’t say I disagree either.
3 Parents Need To Take Responsibility
“Trust me when I tell you I'm on my girls. And every time I am, I know from the outside it looks like I'm an overbearing, controlling parent. But I don't think we are responsible to anybody but our kids and ourselves.” — Brooke Shields
You all know about the good times of motherhood and the bad times of motherhood. But then there are those times that we need to take responsibility for our kids. If you need to be stern with your kids, then you need to do that. If you think it’s best for your kids to eat certain food, then do that. Don’t worry about what other people think. You are not responsible for them — you are responsible to your kids and to yourself. There are so many conflicting opinions out there that it’s hard to know what's right and wrong. But if you do what you think is best for you and your family, that’s the best thing you can do.
2 Moms Do The Best They Can
Moms know that babies don’t come with manuals. Although motherhood would be a lot easier if that were the case. One person tells us to do things one way while another tells us never to let our kids do that. Is it better to co-sleep or not co-sleep?
“Once he leaves that house and I’m not with him, it’s his life and how he approaches it is his decision. But I want to know that I did the best I could as his mom to educate him on the ugliness in the world, and also the beauty.” — Sandra Bullock
When all is said and done, us moms just try to do the best we can. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says, it only matters what we do. We need to live with the fact that once our kids leave the house, it’s their life. But you can rest easy knowing that you did the best you could.
1 You Will Always, Always Love Them
”If she [daughter Wyatt] murdered somebody in cold blood I would love her.” - Mila Kunis
At the end of the day, you will always, always love them. Your kids do some crazy things to your body while you’re pregnant and when you give birth. And then they keep you up all night making you sleep deprived. Just when you’re starting to wonder if it’s all worth it, they finally smile at you for the first time and you forget all the bad stuff.
They get a little older and things get easier in one way but harder in other ways. They follow you around and make you so frustrated that you feel like hiding in a closet. But then you feel guilty and make sure you rock them to sleep that night and savor every moment together.
No matter what they do, you will always love them. And that is one thing that will never change.