There is nothing like a mother/daughter bond. We've always had a typically great relationship where, despite my distance from her most of the year, I call often and update her on even the most mundane parts of my life. Like any loving mother she has always been there offering great advice or positive encouragement every time I am sure the world is about to fall apart.
But since I've become pregnant things have changed.
Suddenly I understand things. Suddenly we really have something to bond over, after all she's birth three daughters of her own. Suddenly I really enjoy every moment I can spend with her.
Instead of her parenting me we talk about parenting together. Every time we talk about pregnancy, birth, or babies I can't help, but to imagine her twenty six years ago... When she was in my shoes with a brand new baby me on the way. The excitement of it all and the anxiety of pending labor; its so universal and uniting, even across the generations.
My mom was just up for a visit. We spent an entire afternoon shopping, talking, laughing, and comparing experiences. As we sat in a classy restaurant in one of the classiest towns in Vermont we discussed pending signs of labor and how similar my dad and Shawn are when it comes to labor and delivery attitudes. Then we walked the streets of the town listening to a band performing for the street festival as we peaked in store windows and admired the huge colonial houses. I felt more grown up than ever and I felt closer to my mom than ever. May I be blessed that twenty six years from now I can do the same thing and my own daughter feel the same way, because if you ask me there is nothing better than hanging with mom.