A mother’s connection with her daughter is hard to put into words, but we’ve gathered some of the most heartfelt quotes from mothers about what it’s like to raise a daughter.

“The most surprising part of motherhood is watching the personality take shape in your little one. At birth, we have no idea who this tiny person will grow up to be. Slowly, we watch as they take in the world around them, learn what inspires them, and each day we see shifts in their personality and who they are becoming. We see bits of what they absorb from the world, characteristics of both you and your spouse, and then pieces of them that are entirely their own. It’s absolutely fascinating.”

— Ashley Alteman

Visit Ashley’s blog Smashley Ashley or connect on Twitter, @iamsmashwee.

“The biggest surprise about motherhood was how completely and totally it changed how I look at myself, and what I believe I deserve, for the better. I approach everything in my life differently now, from friendships, to dating, to work… I see it all through the lens of how my daughter might view me, and how she might one day come to view herself. It’s made me be kinder to myself than anything before motherhood ever could have.”

— Leah Campbell

Connect with Leah on her website or on Twitter, @sifinalaska.

— Ashley

— Leah

— Leah