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

By Compiled by Deirdre Byrne
February 08, 2007

"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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