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

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

Anita Diamant

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

Cynthia Rowley

Emma Straub, "Sugar Moon" for Apoteker Tepe

Emma Straub

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

Debra Ginsberg

Amy Tan, The Bonesetter's Daughter

Amy Tan

Simone de Beauvoir,The Second Sex

Simone de Beauvoir

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

Natalie Holbrook

Amy Poehler, Yes Please

Amy Poehler

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