9 Quotes on Motherhood to Celebrate Michelle Obama’s 49th Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the Mom-in-Chief, Michelle Obama! We  wanted to wish the First Lady a Happy Birthday from all of us here at The Bump and in order to do so, we rounded up nine of her most electrifying, heartfelt quotes on motherhood.

Here’s to the next 49!

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On teaching her children values and morals

"We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect. Those are the values Barack and I – and so many of you – are trying to pass on to our own children."
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On her role as mom-in-chief

"My first job in all honesty is going to continue to be mom-in-chief. Making sure that in this transition, which will be even more of a transition for the girls... that they are settled and that they know they will continue to be the center of our universe. My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world."
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On her parenting inspiration

"The security of your parents' love really gives you the foundation to think that you can fly. And then you do."
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On raising her daughters

"Like any mother, I am just hoping that I don’t mess them up."
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On the unconditional love of a mother

"I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity."
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On what it means to raise daughters

"As a mom, I know it is my responsibility, and no one else's, to raise my kids. But we have to ask ourselves, what does it mean when so many parents are finding their best efforts undermined by an avalanche of advertisements aimed at our kids."
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On building the bonds of family

"My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters."
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On being a healthy role model for her daughters

"When I get up and work out, I'm working out just as much for my girls as I am for me, because I want them to see a mother who loves them dearly, who invests in them, but who also invests in herself. It's just as much about letting them know as young women that it is okay to put yourself a little higher on your priority list."
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On what it's like to take a moment have some fun with your children

"I'm a fry lover." (Us too! Go MO!)

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