Whoa, Mama! (Celebrity Edition)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Celebrities have things most of us might only dream about—money, mansions, private jets, etc. They lead lives that don’t even seem real (or real pleasant). But there are certain aspects of the human experience that levels all of that, neutralizes the have/have-not chasm. One of them is definitely motherhood. Theses women are trying to find the balance, find themselves, find time for a workout (or a simple shower!) just like you, Mamas.

FLOTUS & Mom-in-Chief Michelle Obama: “The constant worry still exists when you’re a mom that the decisions you make in your life are negatively impacting your kids.” (Good Housekeeping)

Vanessa Williams: “There’s the fallacy or the illusion that you can do it all, balance it all. I don’t believe there is consistent balance. It’s always a dance. Sometimes you’re crazy, sometimes you’re free. Some days you can do it by yourself.”  (BlackVoices.com)

Sarah Jessica Parker: “[Being a mom] is the most perfectly overwhelming experience.” (People)

Gwen Stefani: “Being a mom is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” She also admits to finding it difficult maintaining a balance between motherhood and her professional life. (Daily Star)

Halle Berry: “Having a baby takes so much from you. It’s the most glorious thing you’ll ever do, but the aftermath [on your body] is not so glorious! So now I’m having to exercise, eat a little bit differently, take a lot more vitamins.” (Harper’s Bazaar)

Padma Lakshmi: “It’s a lot of work being a mom—but it’s just incredible. It does change you. It’s hard to put into words, but life is just different. You have to adjust.” (Usmagazine.com)

Nicole Richie: “It sounds cheesy to say, but it does [change your life]. Your priorities change 100 percent … in the best way possible.” (The Late Show With David Letterman)

Jennifer Hudson: “Work is demanding, of course, being a new mom is demanding. It’s just a matter of finding balance for me, so I’m working on it. And I’m learning.” (AP)

Julia Roberts: “Having children changes you beauty regimen—it kind of comes to a screeching halt. At a certain point in the future, I’ll pick it back up again.” (WWD)

Jennifer Lopez: “There’s nothing as huge as giving birth to another human being and having to be responsible for another life. There’s you before kids, and there’s you after kids—and they’re not the same you.” (InStyle)

Tina Fey: “Sometimes I’ll be telling my husband, ‘I think I’m cracking up.’ Sometimes you just need a minute to say, ‘I think I’m cracking’ and just acknowledge it.”  (HapersBazaar.com)

Katie Couric: “Like all working mothers, sometimes I feel like a terrible mother and sometimes I feel like a terrible employee.  But for the most part, I try to give myself a break,  which is something I urge all mothers to do.” (mommytracked.com)

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