Advice, reflections, and humor from notable women who've been there.

By Liz Steelman
Updated March 29, 2016
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Samantha Hahn

The first few months of motherhood change everything. Then before you realize it, all of those firsts turn into seconds and small things about your child start changing every day. Pregnant with her second child, illustrator Samantha Hahn wanted to document this process in a lasting way. So she took out her brushes along with some books, articles, and interviews from mothers, including Cynthia Rowley, Simone de Beauvoir, and Maya Angelou. The result? Beautiful illustrations that capture the beautiful, messy glory and precious little moments of becoming a new mom compiled in A Mother is a Story: A Celebration of Motherhood. Here, eight poignant quotes excerpted from her book.

Anita Diamant, The Red Tent

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Cynthia Rowley in The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood by Violet Gaynor

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Emma Straub, "Sugar Moon" for Apoteker Tepe

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Debra Ginsberg, Raising Blaze: Bringing Up an Extraordinary Son in an Ordinary World

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Amy Tan, The Bonesetter's Daughter

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Simone de Beauvoir,The Second Sex

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Natalie Holbrook, Hey Natalie Jean: Advice, Musings, and Inspiration on Marriage, Motherhood and Style

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Amy Poehler, Yes Please

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All images Samantha Hahn, copyright 2016. Used with permission from illustrator and Abrams.