Celebrities share the wonder, fear, and excitement they felt when welcoming their new little one into the family.

"You need to be emotionally ready for a baby, and the best way to do that is to clean skeletons from your own closet ... Also, there's nothing like a baby to point out the differences between you and your husband, so discuss big issues beforehand, like breastfeeding, discipline, religion, and school ... And, oh, yeah, sleep now."

-- Holly Marie Combs

"I like to work. The self-esteem and satisfaction that I get from working makes me a better person, which makes me a better mom. I feel lucky because I have the luxury of working only one or two days a week. But having children has made me consider offers differently. I'm now a lot more choosy about the work I do."

-- Cindy Crawford

"I'm used to staying up all night for SNL. But I'm not used to getting up at 6 a.m. That's killing me!"

-- Tina Fey, on new motherhood

"Clearly I'm in the middle of a life shift. I don't know what things are going to be like, so of course I have moments of apprehension and in-over-my-head-ness. I think I'd be a fool not to. But I'm not the first person to have a baby and try to balance a relationship and work."

-- Jennifer Garner

"Mine is not a traditional household, and my mom's wasn't either. Everybody is brought into this world with a different set of events. Traditions are not the point. The point is the amount of love, focus, and sensitivity that you can bring to the experience."

-- Jodie Foster

"Is there ever a perfect time? A baby's always going to interrupt something, isn't it?"

-- Madonna

"The priority shift is a relief. There are so many things that used to monopolize my time and my energy that I realize now, in the face of being a mother, are just completely irrelevant."

-- Debra Messing

"People have too many theories about child-rearing. I believe simply in love, security, and discipline."

-- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

"The babies are amazing ... They begin each day all warm and sleepy, smelling of promise."

-- Julia Roberts, in a letter to Oprah Winfrey

"I just looked at her and said, 'Chelsea, you've never been a baby before, and I've never been a mother before, and we're just going to have to help each other get through this."

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, on rocking her crying newborn to sleep

"The only thing I do miss is putting her to bed. There's something yummy about going from bathtime to the story to the coziness. She loves the ritual of it. I never had that ritual as a child."

-- Brooke Shields, on when she misses daughter Rowan's bedtime due to work

"There are no strictly Dad duties or Mom duties except giving birth and breastfeeding."

-- Jada Pinkett Smith

"I would like to have a bath one day soon, and maybe pee."

-- Sharon Stone, on her busy life as an actress, activist, and mother

Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, February 2007.

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