With twins on the way,
Beyonce and Jay Z's family is about to get a lot bigger. But if the acclaimed singer's past comments on how much she's loved motherhood are any indication, she's more than ready for her new bundles of joy.
1. On Finding Her Purpose Through Motherhood
"I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth," Beyonce told People magazine
after being named World's Most Beautiful Woman in April 2012. "I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth."
She also explained that "the best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy… The word 'love' means something completely different now."
2. On Teaching Life Lessons
“[Having a daughter] just gives you purpose," Beyonce told Anderson Cooper
in an interview in August 2012. "I realized why I was born and more than anything, all of the things I want to pass onto my child and the best way of doing that is not by preaching or telling her but showing her by example."
3. On How Blue Ivy Gave Her a New Confidence
"Right now, after giving birth, I really understand the power of my body," she told Vogue magazine
in March 2013. "I just feel my body means something completely different. I feel a lot more confident about it. Even being heavier, thinner, whatever. I feel a lot more like a woman. More feminine, more sensual. And no shame."
4. On Her Connection With Blue Ivy (Even Before She Was Born)
In that same Vogue cover story, the singer also opened up about her powerful maternal instincts that began to kick in while pregnant. "I felt very maternal around eight months, and I thought I couldn't become any more until I saw the baby," she shared. "But it happened during my labor because I had a very strong connection with my child. I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door, and I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn't think about my own pain."
"We were talking. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt a communication," she added.
5. On Protecting Blue Ivy
"I am very protective," the proud mom told ABC News' Amy Robach
back in May 2013. "I just want to make sure that she can have a healthy, safe, normal life … in the back of my mind, she's my priority. And life is completely different now. So I'm - I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love, and now have a way bigger meaning. And that's to be her mother."
She also opened up about wanting to expand her family in the future, sharing, "I would like more children… I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely love being big sister."
6. On How Much Blue Ivy Really Means to Her
"Out of everything I've accomplished, my proudest moment, hands down, was when I gave birth to my daughter Blue," the 20-time GRAMMY winner told Garage Magazine
in March 2016."
7. On Blue Ivy's Transformative Existence
In an interview with Elle Magazine
in April 2016, the "Formation" singer opened up about how childbirth helped her change as a person, despite its challenges.
"Everyone experiences pain, but sometimes you need to be uncomfortable to transform," Beyonce shared. "Pain is not pretty, but I wasn't able to hold my daughter in my arms until I experienced the pain of childbirth!"