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After having son Evan with ex-husband John Asher, Jenny McCarthy went from Playboy bunny to bestselling author (Belly Laughs, Louder than Words) and autism advocate – her son was diagnosed with the disorder at age 3. "I am planning on using my big, giant, controversial mouth to blow the lid off a lot of things related to autism to give moms hope," she said. "It is so needed."
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"It's the greatest love affair of my life, with this baby," Driver gushed of her son Henry, 1½, whom she calls a "beautiful, unplanned" surprise.
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In her 50s, the never-married actress became a mother of two adopted children, daughter Dexter, 14, and son Duke, 9. "I'm free to do what I want to try to do," she says of life without a man. "I don't have to worry that I'm not living up to some responsibility as a partner to somebody else."
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After dealing with public heartbreak and breast cancer, the singer took on single motherhood, adopting son Wyatt in 2007. "My point of reference has changed," she says. "[Wyatt] is the first thing I think of in the morning and the last thing I think of at night, and it's just a lot of joy in my life."
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"Becoming a mom is the best thing that's happened to me," says Parker, who has son William (with ex Billy Crudup) and adopted daughter Caroline, from Africa. "I'll be the first to admit that it can be very hard to raise two kids, but I absolutely love it. I can't imagine what my life would be without my children."
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The actress, who has son Jack, 18, with ex-husband Dennis Quaid, fulfilled a dream when she adopted her daughter Daisy, 5, from China in 2006. "I am convinced, completely convinced that there was nothing random about [the adoption]," the actress told Redbook. "She is the daughter I should have."
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The actress may have some famous exes (Lance Armstrong! A-Rod!) but the only man in her life is her son Ryder. The 6-year-old, whose papa is Hudson's ex-husband, Black Crowes rocker Chris Robinson, was Mom's plus-one to a major fashion photo shoot last October for Harper's Bazaar.