'Sometimes I Just Stare at Her and Cry': Cardi B, Kylie Jenner & More Celebs on Becoming Moms for the First Time
"I met my match," the rapper told her Instagram followers, referring to her baby girl, Kulture Kiara, as K.K. "She is very demanding. I can’t believe I have a boss. I really have a boss."
“When my baby wanna eat, she wanna eat,” she continued. “It’s not like, ‘Oh, three minutes,’ no. ‘Gimme the milk now!’ You gotta burp her right away — everything, everything, everything. She wants everything.”
"My brother asked me, 'Are you ready for your life to not be about you anymore?' " the star recalled. "I stopped for a second and thought, ‘I have lived a lot of life: In the last 28 years, in the past 11 [since American Idol], I have lived a lot and seen a lot.’ I am okay about it being about someone else from now on; I am good with that.”
In an interview for U.K. publication, Evening Standard Magazine, Kim Kardashian West interviewed her sister Kylie about the early stages of motherhood. In response to how she's handling the early "challenging" stages of motherhood, Jenner replied, "It’s actually been the opposite for me. I feel like it’s just been so amazing, and so much fun. I’m learning so much more about myself and life, and it’s been such a great experience."
She continued, "Of course there’s hard times and stuff… even in the beginning, just not sleeping, the nights, like, baby blues… and all the ups and downs. And also even when I’m here it was so hard to leave this morning. I’m like, ‘I’ll be right back, I’m so sorry, I have to leave!’ and she doesn’t even know what’s going on. I think about her all the time, anywhere I am. I would rather be with her or wish she can come everywhere. I can’t wait till she can come everywhere with me, because right when she’s old enough I’ll bring her everywhere."
"I always heard things like, 'You have never known a love like this,' or 'It’s like your heart is living outside your chest,' from different parents while I was pregnant," wrote the wife of Aaron Paul, who welcomed daughter Story in February 2018. "It was hard for me to wrap my head around how deep that love could really be. Well, it’s all true. She is everything. My world. Sometimes I just stare at her and cry over how precious and pure she is."
Nearly four months after she and husband Spencer Pratt welcomed their first child, son Gunner, The Hills alumna is opening up about becoming a first-time mom.
"I'm sleep-deprived and tired and busy, but it's so perfect," she gushed about life with her newborn, on the podcast Make Speidi Famous Again. "I waited a long time to have kids and it was meant to be to have him."
Akins, who welcomed daughters Willa Gray and Ada James with husband Thomas Rhett in 2017, told PEOPLE of an adorable moment shortly after the birth of their youngest, Ada. "That first morning we were all home, we were all together in a room, both girls, both dogs, both of us and we were just chilling and I was like, 'This is what we've been preparing for for over a year,' " Akins shared. "We finally got there. And look how beautiful our girls are. It brought me so much peace and happiness."
"It's so unknown to me," said The Mindy Project star in an interview with Today about expecting her first child, daughter Katherine. "I have a lot of control over a lot of aspects of my life, and this is one where I'm like, 'Okay, it's out of my hands,' which is kind of a fun feeling."
Before welcoming daughter Dusty Rose with husband Adam Levine, the supermodel assumed she had already experienced the epitome of love — but that all changed when the couple's first child made her debut. "I love Adam, and when you get married and you fall in love with someone, you think that there's no greater love than that love," Prinsloo told PEOPLE. "And then you have a baby, and it's just next-level love."
During a 2013 interview with Redbook, the actress — who had recently welcomed daughter Lincoln with Dax Shepard — shared how difficult it was to be apart from her child. "I can't look at her pictures today, because it hurts my feelings," she said. "I start wondering what she's thinking, like, Where's the girl with the blonde hair and the boobs?"
When it comes to the less-than-glamorous parts of motherhood, the Cravings author is a fan, revealing her "obsession" to Refinery29. "Maybe like five minutes ago, I took my nail up Luna's nose and scraped the most epic booger out you can ever imagine," said Teigen, who shares daughter Luna with husband John Legend. "And I put it in a paper towel and I kind of stared at it for a while, and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is like a really amazing booger I got.' Like you get very excited for being able to clear out your kid's nose."
She added: "I have this obsession with digging out her boogers with my pinky. I try to be as gentle as possible, but once I see it, I can't go to bed knowing it's in there. I need to get it out. I've honestly thought about putting my mouth around her nose and just sucking it out."
Life truly changed for Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds when they welcomed daughter James. "Everything is just so much more heightened. We're crying all the time for no reason," she said during a 2015 appearance on Live with Kelly. As for Reynolds? "He just smells like poop … He's in full diaper duty," the actress hilariously shared.
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"I speak my mind a little bit more after I've had our daughter," the reality star shared with the Associated Press following the arrival of North, her first child with husband Kanye West. "I don't know if it's a combination of being married to someone that's super honest and open and says whatever he wants whenever he wants to or just not having time really for anything else but the truth and just being real."
Although she now asks for help with caring for daughter Molly, the former Bachelorette and husband Kevin Manno previously handled all parenting duties on their own. "For the first eight months of Molly's life, we never had anyone else watch her — not even a family member," Fedotowsky-Manno told Fit Pregnancy and Baby. "After months of no breaks and little sleep, I legit had a mental breakdown." Fortunately, the new mom and dad eventually "learned to ask for help, whether it meant leaning on friends or calling our moms and asking them to fly out and stay with us for a week," with Fedotowsky-Manno explaining, "and now we have a part-time nanny who comes once or twice a week."
Motherhood can be a chaotic balancing act that calls for rearranging priorities, according to the 1984 star. "There's no such thing as a leisurely brunch anymore," Wilde said during an appearance on The Daily Show after she and fiancé Jason Sudeikis welcomed son Otis.
"It's like the littlest things get you so excited," the Grace and Frankie actress previously told InStyle of raising her and husband Andy Roddick's son, Hank. "You're like, 'They smile — they're the smartest person that's ever lived.' So that's the phase I'm in right now."