I have already seen us coming together through this process of pregnancy and mothering: putting immense love and intention into planning each other’s Blessingway ceremonies, sharing our experiences of pregnancy in conversation, being vulnerable and open with one another in new ways, and deeply loving one another’s children. We have grown softer and kinder with one another, and more thoughtful with our words.
Although my sister and I have chosen different paths in life, it is becoming abundantly clear that those paths are converging through giving birth to our little ones. I love looking at these juxtaposed photos because they remind me of our commonality, which has at times been difficult for me to connect with. Both in similar poses at similar moments in our pregnancy, both with long hair and full on “pregnancy glow”, both wearing the ceramic fertility goddess necklace gifted to me by my best friend and passed along to my sister at her Blessingway. These photos ground us in our shared experience. They illuminate our true sisterhood—a connection that transcends our choices and circumstances, and without which we would be infinitely less than what we are—as mothers and as humans.