One celebrity mama we are incredibly proud of is Katie Holmes. This year has been a rollercoaster for the mom-of-one, with an acclaimed fashion line debut and a high-profile split with her Mission Impossible hubby, Tom Cruise. The divorce that ended the five-year marriage was finalized in August. The couple is on speaking terms for the sake of their 6 year old daughter, Suri.
Why we love her: Inspite of such a traumatic year, Katie has shown tremendous poise. Unlike the usually divorced celebs who duck and hide, Katie has been seen with Suri around the city as they enjoyed their trips to the museum, zoo and park. The actress-turned-fashion designer debuted her new Holmes & Yang collection at the New York Fashion Week. Looks like no divorce is getting in her way!
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In early January this year, pop artist Beyonce gave birth to her first born daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. Since then the new mom has managed to go on a post-baby date night and returned to the stage in Atlantic City within five months of giving birth!
Why we love her: Isn't it obvious? Sasha Fierce proves she's awesome again. She clearly has the cutest baby in the world, but gives her just enough exposure. And she never responds to the rumours that surround any successful celeb.
Not one or two or even three, but a brood of six children make up Angelina Jolie's big happy family. Whether at work or play, Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt are always seen rolling with a cast of cool kids - Maddox, 9, from Cambodia; Pax, 7, from Vietnam; and Zahara, 5, from Ethiopia; along with their three angel-faced, biological children, Shiloh, 4, and twis Knox and Vivienne, 2.
Why we love her: Apart from being a hands down mom, Angelina is an actor, director and humanitarian. And yet, she manages to hold at all together. Angelina and Brad never had any intentions of tying the knot. But early this year it was confirmed that the couple were engaged. Reason? The children were pressuring them to get married! Aw!
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Rolling high with a stream of successful movies and winning an Oscar definitely made Sandra Bullock's last two years memorable. But what got everyone talking was Sandra's painful split from motorcycle builder Jesse James who was caught cheating. Amidst a messy divorce, Sandra was in the process of adoption. With the world watching her every move, Sandra focused on raising her beautiful son, Louis Bardo, now 2, all by herself.
Why we love her: This single mom is outspoken about her devotion to her family and is often seen out and about town with her gorgeous little man.
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Between TV gigs, blogging and writing books, Tori Spelling manages to juggle a brood of four kids - Liam, 5, Stella, 4, and Hattie, 1 and new born Finn Davey. This incredibly brave mom gave birth to her fourth child on Aug 30. knowing that this dangerous pregnancy could have cost her life.
Why we love her: The reality star may be a busy woman but she always manages to spend time with her family -- be it crafting or simply walking to school. All the while, keeping it real, Hollywood style, of course.
If you look away from the singer-turned-fashion-maven's busy lifestyle, you will find an average mom trying to adapt to motherhood and shed her baby weight. Jessica Simpson gave birth to her first-born daughter, Maxwell Drew, on May 1. Unlike other celeb mamas, Jessica didn't bow down to the pressure of losing weight instantly after the delivery.
Why we love her: Jessica has always been in the headlines for her weight, even more so during her pregnancy. But this new mama is all set to look healthy for her daughter, herself and her fiancé. She joined the Weight Watcher's program and since then, she has lost over 60 pounds. And now there's another baby on the way! If you love it, why wait?
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Yes, she is the celebrity every average mom can relate to. The actress is a proud mother of three - Violet, 6, Seraphina, 3, and Samuel who was born in February this year. An actress who hasn't given up on her career and juggles a family of five is certainly a role model.
Why we love her: She is always spotted around town spending time with her girls - be it a carriage ride or a walk to school. Also, when this celeb mom was spotted in mom jeans and a one-piece mom bathing suit, US magazine called her "sexy." From all the moms around the world, thank you Jennifer Garner!
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She is definitely one of those celebs who has inspired women all over. Through the show, Giuliana & Bill, the couple documented every struggle that they went through -- infertility, miscarriage and the E! host's fight with breast cancer. On August 29 this year, their son Edward Duke Rancic was born via gestational surrogate in Denver.
Why we love her: Inspite the several obstacles Giuliana faced, she shared every experience with the world on the show. She has inspired and helped build confidence among the women who share a similar story.
Hilary Duff is one of those actresses-turned-moms who can't get enough of her new born (and neither can we!) The proud mom gave birth to Luca Cruz on March 20 this year. The adorable baby boy's pictures can be found all over the actresses' Twitter account.
Why we love her: The actress has shared with the world so many adorable baby milestones -- from her baby's first photo to her first trip out. Isn't she one happy social media mamma? And we love seeing a young mother so happy!
This Oscar-winning actress never planned on being a single mother, but as fate would have it, she split with Stuart Townsend, her boyfriend of nearly a decade, back in 2010. Not one to give up, Charlize adopted her son Jackson in March this year.
Why we love her: Be it with a significant other or without one, this confident actress decided to start her family consisting of one adorable son and two loyal dogs and that's one celeb mama we just can't resist! Congrats to all the choice moms who chased down their dreams this year!
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