Maybe your mom is your best friend and maybe she's not; maybe you never knew her; maybe you imagine something better for you both or lament what never was. Whatever your mom is, take a moment to read What He Took by Kelly Grey Carlisle, on The Rumpus.
I used to joke with nervous first-time-mother friends, as they nested, "Don't worry, all you need is a drawer and a blanket." A weak assurance that won't be used, now, after this.
Thank you to Kelly for sharing this generational birth story, and congratulations on the birth of your baby girl. I know you'll savor every moment with her.