Whether moms are expecting their first (or just trying to find 5 minutes before dinner for three little ones), everyone can agree on this. Having a baby is the biggest, most powerful, and most beautiful thing that a woman ever goes through. Something inside just completely changes the moment a woman holds that baby in their arms, and it doesn't matter whether she grew up rich, poor, famous, or ordinary.
The Kardashians? They may be the most famous women on the planet, but in many ways, they're just like us. Kylie Jenner might push Stormi around in a $12,500 Fendi stroller, but she's done the biggest 180 we've ever seen. "I actually like changing diapers," she said. At 21 years old, Kylie is now a mommy to an 8 month-old (amazing how fast they grow up, right?)
Kourtney Kardashian is a name that we more easily associate with motherhood. She is the bonafide "OG mom." Kourt was rocking motherhood before Kim, Kylie, or Khloe. This enormous but happy family are branching out like there's no tomorrow– Kris Jenner now has 9 grandchildren.
Kylie and Kourtney are two very different mothers. One is a 39 year-old pro who has been doing it for years. Kylie is brand new to motherhood. Each has their own philosophies and parenting techniques. What we really want though, are the pics. Photos that show us how these two moms are coping in the flesh, and we've got them. Here are 20 pics of Kourtney and Kylie absolutely rocking motherhood.
20 THE KYLIE PIC WE NEVER THOUGHT WE'D SEE
Yup. 100% real. In 2016, Kylie Jenner was the world's biggest spoiled brat. In 2017, not much appeared to have changed. That was until the 2nd half of 2017, when Kylie vanished from her social media, stopped making public appearances, and most of us started to wonder if she was pregnant.
In February 2018, Stormi Webster was born. Kylie is now a 21 year-old mom who is juggling a $900 million cosmetics empire with motherhood. The weird thing? This isn't a fancy Fendi stroller. The makeup is nowhere to be seen. 100% rocking motherhood and looking happy and blessed, here is Kylie with Stormi.
19 THE GOALS THAT RUN IN THE FAMILY
Most celebrity pictures refer to #Goals for vacations or designer possessions. This pic of Kourt with Penelope might show a stylish mom and daughter, but the goals are right there in the facial expressions. Kourtney is one of the most dedicated celeb moms around. The family relies on each other for support, advice, and love.
"I know that if Kourtney's out of town, then the kids will sleep at my house," Kim said. "We'll plan these fun things where the kids always feel loved."
Come to think of it, this means that Kylie has Kourtney and Kim to turn to for advice (plus Khloe, although they're both new moms).
18 WHEN KOURTNEY WAS ON BALLET DUTY
From someone who started ballet at 4 (and nearly made it her career), you've landed on an expert. Little girls and ballet go hand-in-hand. It gets a lot harder once you're looking at pointe shoes and dedicated training, but when you're tiny, it's still a dream.
North West and Penelope Disick made quite the little ballerina duo here. Kourtney wasn't just rocking being a mom– she was also babysitting little North. These two cousins hit up their nearest LA ballet class, and they 100% looked the part. Kourtney gets props alone for the sheer number of times she is seen watching Kim's kids.
17 WHEN MASON KNEW WHAT WAS COMING
Sometimes, a kid just knows what's up. We've seen Kourtney rock three baby bumps. With each one she was more famous (and with each one, there came more cameras). This pic takes us back to 2012, when Kourtney was expecting Penelope. The pic was taken in June, and Penelope was born in July, so Kourt was at the 8-month mark.
"I have a lot more cravings this time," Kourt told Parents. "Last time I wanted fruit and frozen yogurt. This time, I'm craving cheeseburgers."
Kourtney also added that "chasing a toddler" was making the second pregnancy harder. If you've been there, you'll know what she was on about.
16 "I'M LEARNING SO MUCH MORE ABOUT MYSELF AND LIFE"
There aren't many pics of a completely relaxed and at-home Kylie with Stormi (so consider yourself lucky). Kylie is inching her way towards one year as a mom– it's hard to believe how quickly it's all passed.
"I feel the same, just better," Kylie reflected about being a mom. "I feel it's just been so amazing. I can't wait until she can come everywhere with me." This family pic was posted by Caitlyn Jenner. Kylie realizes that her busy schedule is a huge challenge when it comes to spending valuable mommy and baby time. She has already expressed pain at having to leave Stormi.
15 "IT'S A CHALLENGE"
If you're already a mother, you'll know that motherhood isn't easy. It's definitely beautiful, but there are always challenges along the way. Stormi recently made her KUWTK debut (although she is way too tiny to have a clue what's going on). Kylie actually surprised everyone, here. Stormi didn't come out with a nanny. She came in mommy's arms.
"Now that it's all said and done, what's your real take on pregnancy?" Kris Jenner asked. Saying that it was "beautiful," Kylie did, however, admit: "It is physically, mentally, and emotionally a challenge." As to the birth, Kylie added: "I would have done the same thing over again."
14 CHALLENGE ACCEPTED
Kourtney is known for not being a traditional mother. Noticing a "change for the better" in her children's behavior following a switch to gluten and dairy-free diets, Kourtney has also stuck to the co-sleeping philosophies that she swears by. Sometimes though, you just have to follow the footsteps.
In April 2017, Kourt showed us how she "keeps up" with her kids. Scott Disick joined Kourt and the three kids for a Calabasas bowling outing. Notice that Kourt isn't sitting in some glam room while the nanny does all the hard work. Wearing no makeup and a casual FILA sweater, Kourt was 100% up for this challenge.
13 "I FEEL THE SAME, JUST BETTER"
Nobody expects you to become a completely different person when you become a mother. Having a huge part of you change? Yes. Turning into another human being? Personality is something to be proud of. Kylie has always been girly. Whether it's pink rubber dresses, Louis Vuitton bags, or her Kylie Cosmetics line, Kylie is 100% about cute pastels, eyeshadows, and a little glitter.
"I feel the same, just better," Kylie told Kim. Kylie may pose all dolled-up, but remember that she took a decidedly "non-celeb" take to her birth. Kylie didn't choose (or happen to need) a C-Section. She even felt "no pain," according to Kris.
12 "I THINK MORE ABOUT THE FUTURE BECAUSE OF STORMI"
With a soon-to-be-billionaire status and a staggering $900 million earned from the Kylie Cosmetics empire, Kylie was going to have an eye on the future– baby or no baby. It's the way that Kylie's attitude has changed that really shows how she's rocking motherhood, though.
"Every time I leave and I'm stressed about leaving her, I'm like: I'm doing it for you."
Kylie has called her cosmetics business "the most authentic thing I've done in my career." With the arrival of Stormi though, Kylie has a new (and far more powerful) reason to be a successful businesswoman. She absolutely wants the best for Stormi.
11 SCOTT DISICK JOINS IN FOR HALLOWEEN
Because moms are totally superheroes, right? Scott Disick is a name that we see floating around the press a lot. Scott and Kourtney have had a giant "on-off" status to their relationship. While they aren't currently together, Scott does seem to do his best to co-parent with Kourt.
In 2015, Scott joined Kourtney, Penelope, Mason, and Reign for an Avengers-themed family Halloween pic. Kourtney was Spider-Man, Scott was Captain America, and the kids joined right in. A 23-month-old Penelope, 4 year-old Reign, and 6 year-old Mason were The Flash, Falcon, and Black Widow. Kourt has since jokingly moaned that the kids "don't want to do group Halloween."
10 PITY IT'S MOSTLY THIS, THOUGH
People seem to be on the fence when it comes to Scott Disick. Those of us raising eyebrows at this guy might be doing it because this 35 year-old is dating someone 15 years his junior. Then again, if Kourtney has moved on, Scott has every right to as well. Scott is dating the 20 year-old model, Sofia Richie.
Strolling arm-in-arm here, the couple does seem happy. The only issue with this is that flying around the world and visiting European cities with your new girlfriend is going to compromise family time. Kim Kardashian and the rest of the family support Kourtney, but they aren't always on Scott's side.
9 WHEN THE FACES SAY IT ALL
If you've gone through the first few months or years of motherhood, you'll probably find yourself nodding at this. Babies, toddlers, and kids generally don't hold back when it comes to showing how they feel. If they want more milk, they'll make sure you know. If they don't want the broccoli, boy will you know it.
It's when a mom and her child are smiling out of sheer happiness that you know motherhood is going well. Of course, they don't smile all the time. Mommy can get stressed. A toddler doesn't come photo ready. Kourt and Reign weren't posing here, but they 100% looked happy.
8 WHEN FARMS MEANT MORE TO KYLIE THAN VERSACE
Celebrity Instagram accounts can get a bit nuts around the Halloween period. For Kylie though, October 2018 was an opportunity to take Stormi to her very first pumpkin patch (and it looks like they really enjoyed it). This pic reminds us of something Kylie once said before motherhood:
"I would love to have a family and build a home with a farm in Malibu Canyon and just have my kids and throw away my phone," Kylie said about deleting Instagram.
"Just really, like, live my life and not do this anymore," she added. Kylie is still doing the reality mom-come-businesswoman, but something's changed.
With less in the way of screen time limits and nap schedules than Kim, people can often be left with the wrong idea regarding Kourtney. Kourt also appears to use less nannies than Kim, plus we've seen pics of her treating the kids to bedtime snacks. This mom is no pushover, though.
"I think motherhood is about instinct," Kourtney told People. "I remember coming home from the hospital and having no idea what we were doing. Scott and I changed [Mason's] diaper together, but after a day, it was like: Oh! I got it!" The giant sign that Kourtney followed the right instincts? This picture.
6 "IT'S DEFINITELY MY FAVORITE ROLE IN LIFE"
It's all very well seeing posed pictures of celebrities with their kids. Many of them can afford to hire a full style and glam team, complete with someone who can spend hours selecting the right photo. In 2016, Kourt was papped holding Penelope and Reign close in a moment that couldn't have been cuter.
"It's definitely my favorite role in life," Kourt told Parents about being a mom. "It has changed me and made me realize there is nothing else I would rather do with my time. Being a mom is what life is about." Kourt added that she hopes that people realize that "not everything has to be perfect."
5 WHEN PEOPLE JUDGED KYLIE
This picture is now so famous, moms around the world refer to it as "Stormi Strolls." This was the caption to Kylie's pic back when Stormi was a newborn. We saw one Fendi monogram dress and one $12,500 Fendi stroller. Pushing her baby around the gated community of Calabasas, Kylie definitely seemed happy, but fans could see that this isn't ordinary parenting.
Kylie has to live in a secure complex for her own safety. Mobbing fans just aren't a risk that you can take when there's a baby to protect. TMZ reports electronic metal detectors and gates at Kylie's home. Then again, people judged her too soon...
4 IT'S CALLED JUDGING TOO SOON
Bet you weren't expecting that, right? Kylie may have broken the internet with her "Stormi Strolls" post, but it's rare paparazzi shots like these that are showing just how much Kylie is rocking motherhood. Everything about this pic feels right. If you're expecting your first, you'll spot the things that you yourself are probably shopping for. If you're already a mom, you'll have done this a thousand times.
Carrying her own car seat with a face that looks both peaceful and focused, Kylie carefully carried a sleeping Stormi here. No glitz, no lights, just a regular mom in shorts. Go Kylie!
3 MOMS CAN STILL ENJOY DATES
Whether we're single, married, or dating, there's no reason that being a mom should stop us enjoying a relationship. Kylie and Travis have been going strong for around 18 months. When GQ asked Kylie about their romance, Kylie said:
"On my birthday, he woke me up out of bed at like six in the morning. He was like: We gotta go." Travis took Kylie to watch the sunrise while violin players and flowers everywhere made it romantic.
Travis is equally hands-on as a dad. "We be walking soon," was his Instagram caption of himself with Stormi as his daughter celebrated reaching 8 months old.
2 "I ACTUALLY ENJOY CHANGING DIAPERS"
Not a sentence we ever thought we'd hear from Kylie Jenner. With her long nails, makeup-centric life, and $1 million purse closet, Kylie has projected herself as a material girl. That was the case until Stormi came along. While Kylie has already picked out a Hermès bag for Stormi, she isn't above being hands-on.
"I actually love changing diapers," Kylie said. "It's really satisfying. To make her clean again." Kylie has straight-up said that she never wants to look back on becoming a mother. In fact, she has already speculated about having a second child. Kylie called motherhood "amazing– the whole thing."
1 "YOU ARE MY HAPPY PLACE"
With a blue Miami sky and the ocean in the background, Kylie seemed to feel completely at peace here. Kylie's Instagram captions used to be "me, me, me." While the girl inside is still there, we've seen a huge change. "You are my happy place" was the caption to this September 2018 pic. Kylie held Stormi close, and for once, the picture wasn't about herself. The picture received over 6 million likes.
Sources: The Daily Mail, GQ, Hollywood Life, E! News