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
Cynthia Rowley in The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood by Violet Gaynor
Emma Straub, "Sugar Moon" for Apoteker Tepe
Amy Tan, The Bonesetter's Daughter
Simone de Beauvoir,The Second Sex
Natalie Holbrook, Hey Natalie Jean: Advice, Musings, and Inspiration on Marriage, Motherhood and Style
Amy Poehler, Yes Please
All images Samantha Hahn, copyright 2016. Used with permission from illustrator and Abrams.