Think you can't relate to high-profile celebrity moms who juggle movies, photo shoots, red carpet appearances - and motherhood? Think again. See who's tired, who struggles to find balance - and who's on the verge of just cracking up.
Tina Fey: "Sometimes I'll be telling my husband, 'I think I'm cracking up,'" she says with a sigh. "Sometimes you just need a minute to say, 'I think I'm cracking' and just acknowledge it." Alice, her daughter, has opinions of her own on her mother's workload. "Last weekend," Tina recalls, "she started chanting, 'Daddy is my mom! Daddy is my mom!'"
Cindy McCain: On adopting her daughter, Bridget, who was born with a severe cleft palate, from Bangladesh: "I brought home a baby without telling [husband John McCain], and he not only took it in stride but loved it, immediately embracing Bridget, who shares John's very dry sense of humor, so she and her dad do pretty well together. If I hadn't taken Bridget out, I think she would have become a prostitute or, worse, died."
Kate Hudson: Single motherhood "can be okay. I feel like I've learned so much. The routine [of marriage] can kill me. That becomes a difficult balance, too, because I feel like my son needs his routine, but for me I need to step out of my routine. I haven't figured it all out yet."
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Halle Berry: "My pregnancy was amazing. I was happy that whole time, I felt good, I had energy, I was like Superwoman. I wish I could feel like that for the rest of my life, that's how fantastic it was."
Demi Moore: "Ashton jumped in and said, 'I want you to know that I don't take coming into children's lives lightly.' That was within the first couple of weeks of our relationship, before he had met the girls. They are my priority, and I've always been sensitive to their feelings, but as the parent you can't allow your children to dictate what's right for you."
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Kate Winslet: Kate was a mother by 25. "You know, I never felt like I was young at the time," she says, "and obviously having Mia was absolutely planned...It's only now when I meet people who are my age and single, [with] no kids, that I reflect and say, Bloody hell, I really have lived at a fast pace."
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