Now that your baby girl is all grown up, you're finally getting to the good stuff. Your mother-daughter relationship hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows, but you wouldn't trade it for anything.
She's your little girl, best friend, and proudest achievement all rolled into one.
1. Teenage angst caused some tension, but you made it through.
While your daughter was sweet and innocent as a child, she turned into an actual monster in her teen years. But you know every kid goes through phases, so you refused to get pushed away.
No matter how hard she protested, you saved her from going out of the house dressed like a hoebag. Looking back, she realizes she could never thank you enough for that.
2. Yes, she’s your best friend, but you still discipline her when necessary.
If she's being a brat, you’ll call her out on it. Likewise, if you're complaining too much about nonsense, she’ll tell you to calm the fuck down.
You’ve got a weird mother-daughter best friend relationship going on that no one else can really understand and you wouldn't have it any other way.
3. She won’t go shopping without your advice.
As her best friend, it's your duty as a mom to be brutally honest with her, especially when it comes to her appearance.
Her opinion is invaluable because she knows your body type better than anyone else. Plus, if you bring her along it’s pretty much guaranteed that she’ll buy your clothes.
4. Good gossip knows no generation separation.
Your friends are like aunts to her and you know her friends from all of the sleepovers and school activities.
You both know all about the drama in everybody’s lives and when she's got a problem with her friends, you're always there to give the best advice and back her up.
5. Those excuses she makes to stay home longer than necessary? You see through them, but you love that she wants to spend time with you.
When your daughter moved away from home, it was stressful as hell for her, and in turn you too. But the worst part was that your baby was leaving the nest.
You're her rock, so whenever she's home she wants it to last forever. She'll run even the most mundane errands with you just to prolong the visit, and sometimes...
6. You get into such deep conversations that you end up forgetting where you're going.
Somehow you’ll start talking about the weather and end up on topics like marriage, relationships, choosing a career, and learning to discover yourself.
You guys were definitely going somewhere, but you both got so caught up in the conversation that you completely forgot which way you were supposed to drive.
7. And she'll call to ask a simple question and end up talking for hours.
She called to ask about taxes or laundry, yet you stayed on the phone for 2.5 hours. You're so thankful she not only doesn't dodge your calls, but that she actually initiates the phone calls.
8. You love to buy her surprise presents and stock her apartment with food.
The amount of love and affection you gives her is incalculable, and she knows it.
You justify this spoiling by making her promise to take care of you and repay you for all the sacrifices once she can stand on her own. You're sort of joking but you secretly can't wait til she can return the favor.
9. Sometimes you catch her acting how you do or saying things you say, and it melts your heart.
You've got a bunch of silly mannerisms and habits that she occasionally catches herself doing, but it's the times where she doesn't even realize it that makes you giggle.
You know she's repeating your phrases and giving your advice to her friends, but she doesn't even realize it came from you. And you couldn’t be prouder.
10. One day, you know she'll be ten times the mother you were.
She'll have kids of her own and you’re confident you were a good enough example that she'll do just as well. But in your heart, you know she's surpassed all of your expectations so far and she'll only continue to do so when she's a mom herself.