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'A Mother Is a Story' celebrates glorious, messy motherhood

When Brooklyn-based illustrator and author Samantha Hahn first became a mom, she felt an instant kinship with other parents.

"After giving birth to my son, I remember looking around at women on the street and thinking 'Wow, you did this too!' and having an automatic connection even with strangers," Hahn wrote in the introduction to her new book celebrating motherhood. "The world looks different and you are somehow even more grounded in it, more connected than ever before."

Samantha Hahn

The book, "A Mother Is a Story: A Celebration of Motherhood," features a stunning collection of quotes and illustrations.

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Hahn, who wanted to portray the commonality and shared experiences of motherhood, also created a journal to accompany the water-colored pages of the book.

Samantha Hahn

Titled "Stories for My Child: A Mother's Memory Journal," the journal creates the perfect space for mothers to capture all of the sweet moments from pregnancy through a child's adolescence.

Samantha Hahn
Author and illustrator Samantha Hahn and her family

Hahn said motherhood powerfully transformed her life and changed her in so many happy, unexpected ways.

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"Crafting this book, I sought to portray the experience in all its glorious, messy, sometimes terrifying beauty," she explained.

Samantha Hahn

Hahn continued: "Nothing in life prepared me for the instant mad love I felt at the first sight of each of my children, or the emotion I feel each time I smell them, or feel the softness of their skin and the warmth of their bodies. To be a mother is sublime."

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Take a look at a few more pages from Hahn's book.

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Samantha Hahn
Samantha Hahn
Samantha Hahn
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