Monday, March 23, 2009


Sometimes it's difficult to put all the feelings about pregnancy and becoming a parent into words... thankfully, some people have already done it for you! Here are some of my favorite quotes about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die.
-- Mary Mason

Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.
-- E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.
-- Rita Rudner

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
-- Elizabeth Stone

There is only one pretty child in the world and every mother has it.
-- Chinese Proverb

Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever-fresh and radiant possibility.
-- Kate Douglas Wiggin

To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and undoubtedly inhabited.
-- Anne Buchanan & Debra Klingsporn

Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother's Love.
-- Maureen Hawkins

Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him but on all whom he met, not only for a day or a month or a year, but for all eternity - a very challenging and exciting thought for a mother.
-- Rose Kennedy

The most important thing she'd learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.
-- Jill Churchill

If you have never been hated by your child you have never been a parent.
-- Bette Davis

We are apt to forget that children watch examples better than they listen to preaching.
-- Roy L. Smith

There are three reasons for breast-feeding: the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can't get it.
-- Irena Chalmers

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.
-- Hodding Carter, Jr.

When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they're finished, I climb out.
-- Erma Bombeck

Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.
-- Dennis Fakes

In pregnancy, there are two bodies, one inside the other. Two people live under one skin.... When so much of life is dedicated to maintaining our integrity as distinct beings, this bodily tandem is an uncanny fact.
-- Joan Raphael-Leff

Babies are such a nice way to start people.
-- Don Herrold

Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.
-- George Bernard Shaw

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.
-- Josh Billings

Raising kids is part joy and part guerilla warfare.
-- Ed Asner

A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
-- Eda J. Le Shan

Think of stretch marks as pregnancy service stripes.
-- Joyce Armor

I'm not interested in being Wonder Woman in the delivery room. Give me drugs.
-- Madonna

You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
-- John Plomp

You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back.
-- William D. Tammeus

Pregnancy is a kind of miracle. Especially so in that it proves that a man and woman can conspire to force God to create a new soul.
-- Robert Anton Wilson

The only time a women wishes she was a year older is when she’s expecting a baby.
-- Mary Marsh

A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.
-- Carl Sandburg

Babies are always more trouble than you thought - and more wonderful.
-- Charles Osgood

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.
-- Red Buttons

Your children need your presence more than your presents.
-- Jesse Jackson

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.
-- Bill Cosby

If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.
-- Vincent van Gogh

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.
-- Leo J. Burke

Insanity is hereditary - you get it from your kids.
-- Sam Levenson

Being a mother, as far as I can tell, is a constantly evolving process of adapting to the needs of your child while also changing and growing as a person in your own right.
-- Deborah Insel

Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it.
-- Marshall McLuhan

A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men.
-- Martin Fraquhar Tupper

If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
-- Rachel Carlson

"Sometimes", said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."
-- Winnie the Pooh

Every child begins the world again.
-- Henry David Thoreau

A woman can learn a lot from holding a new baby. It is life beginning again — sweet possibilities! No problem in the world is big enough to be remembered.
-- Susan McOmber

The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all.
-- Benjamin McLane Spock

A person soon learns how little he knows when a child begins to ask questions.
-- Richard L. Evans

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. You are connected to your child and to all those who touch your lives. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
-- Sophia Loren

When babies look beyond you and giggle, maybe they're seeing angels.
-- Eileen Elias Freeman

No one knows how children will turn out; a great tree often springs from a tender plant.
-- Norwegian proverb

The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants.
-- Shakespeare

The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.
-- Frank A. Clark

Don't demand respect as a parent. Demand civility and insist on honesty. But respect is something you must earn - with kids as well as with adults.
-- William Attwood

It was the tiniest thing I ever decided to put my whole life into.
-- Terri Guillemets

If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family.
-- Lawrence Housman

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?
-- Milton Berle

If your baby is beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time, you're the grandma.
-- Theresa Bloomingdale

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
-- Harold Hulbert

It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.
-- Joyce Maynard

I looked on childrearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully interesting and challenging as any honourable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.
-- Rose Kennedy

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
-- Henry Ward Beecher

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The best thing to spend on your children is your time.
-- Louise Hart


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