30 Celebrity Motherhood Quotes That Totally Get It

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Motherhood: It’s a special club. (Come on, who else is going to understand the lack of sleep and the tantrums and the fact that conversations about poop are now a daily occurrence?) With Mother’s Day right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to celebrate your membership via these celeb quotes that perfectly define the highs and lows—and the quirks—of being a mom.

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“My favorite thing about being a mom is just what a better person it makes you on a daily basis.” — Drew Barrymore

“You don’t ever balance it completely. [Motherhood] is a constant struggle of a little more time there, a little more time here, and feeling a little bit guilty all the time.” — Halle Berry

“You’re going to get advice from a lot of people, and you can take bits and pieces, but you know innately what your child needs. You should trust that.” — Lucy Liu

“Only I can understand my kid. She’s like ‘BDIDKDKODKDHJXUDHEJSLOSJDHDUSJMSOZUZUSJSIXOJ’ and I’m like, ‘OK, I will get you a piece of sausage in just a minute.’” — Chrissy Teigen

“Every day when you’re raising kids, you feel like you could cry or crack up and just scream ‘This is ridiculous!’ because there’s so much nonsense, whether it’s what they’re saying to you or the fact that there’s avocado or poop on every surface.” — Kristen Bell

“I can be covered in spit-up on a conference call while I’m pumping and that’s OK because this is my perfect. It may not be somebody else’s, but this is mine.” — Kerry Washington

“We have rules around the house. I always say, if you’re not yelling at your kids, you’re not spending enough time with them.” — Reese Witherspoon

“You have those moments: exhaustion, the stress of having an exuberant child, and you don’t want to be judged by your worst mistakes. It’s a part of life, and it’s a part of what makes us who we are.” — Viola Davis

“Stars are just like us. We all got lice. It’s making me itchy just to talk about it.” — Jennifer Garner

“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

“Sleep at this point is just a concept. Something I’m looking forward to investigating in the future.” — Amy Poehler

“Why don’t kids understand that their nap is not for them, it’s for us?” — Alyson Hannigan

“Get rid of the guilt. When you’re at one place, don’t feel bad that you’re not at work. When you’re at work, don’t feel bad that you’re not at home.” — Katie Couric

“It just occurred to me that the majority of my diet is made up of the foods my kid did not finish.” — Carrie Underwood

“When my daughter is awake, I want her to sleep. When she’s asleep, I want her awake. This is my parenting life.” — Chrissy Teigen

“I’ve never met a 2-year-old who is terrible. I’m so cool with every stage my daughter goes through. I just think she’s amazing. I hope she’s not looking at me thinking, Mom, are the terrible 30s coming on with you?” — Katie Holmes

“The one thing you’ve got to be prepared to do as a parent is not to be liked from time to time.” — Emma Thompson

“Children are f--king crazy. They’re also suicidal. Like, at the park, certain jungle gyms have an opening for older kids to jump out of. My daughter can’t jump. She just walks off it as if she’s on a pirate ship.” — Mila Kunis

“I don’t think there’s been an hour of my life since Ava was born that I don’t think of my kids. I call it my CNN ticker tape: Is Ava OK? Yes. Is Deacon OK? Yes. Is Tennessee OK? Yes. Back to Ava.” — Reese Witherspoon

“Becoming a mom to me means you have accepted that for the next 16 years of your life, you will have a sticky purse.” — Nia Vardalos

“Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes overnight.” — Kate Middleton

“People know not to call me before 8:15. Because 8:15 is when everybody has to either be on the bus or at school and then my whole life starts at 8:15.” — Reese Witherspoon

“Parenting shifts as your kids shift. The best thing for me has been throwing any kind of parenting manual out of the window.” — Kate Hudson

“Motherhood is the most completely humbling experience I’ve ever had. It puts you in your place because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in — and if you can’t stand up to those principles when you’re raising a child, forget it.” — Diane Keaton

“I never understand why mothers judge other mothers, like, ‘What do you mean you didn’t breastfeed? What do you mean you didn’t do this?’ It’s like, ‘Can’t we all just be on each other’s side?’” — Gwyneth Paltrow

“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.” — Julianne Moore

“The sleep deprivation after children is so real. I liken it to what it must feel like to walk on the moon and cry the whole time because you had heard that the moon was supposed to be great but in truth it totally sucks.” — Amy Poehler

“I’ve conquered a lot of things: Blood clots in my lungs—twice. Knee and foot surgeries. Winning Grand Slams being down match point. But I found out by far the hardest is figuring out a stroller.” — Serena Williams

“I try to call my mother with more regularity because I think, What if Hazel didn’t call me for two weeks? I’m able to see her mothering now from a different vantage point.” — Julia Roberts

“It’s not easy being a mom. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” — Betty White