I've never been closer to my brother and sister than in the last 18 months that I've been a mom. When I became a mom, everything shifted perspective and I motherhood actually made me a better sibling than I had been before I had a daughter. While I have less time than ever before, my newfound perspective on what big things matter and when to let go of the smaller things.
My sister became a mom seven months after I did, and it was then that I realized we had never had so much in common growing up, other than the fact that we were growing up in the same family. We are very different, but we have more respect now for each other as we watch and help each other learn to be moms than we ever did before. If only I could have had half of that perspective when we were growing up and driving each other bananas.
Probably the most enjoyable improvement for my siblings seems to be that being a mom has forced me to chill out. I'm less uptight and more chilled out than I was growing up, or even in my pre-kid years, apparently. There's nothing like a backhanded compliment for your big sister to make you closer as siblings, right?
Since I'm not sure my brother and sister fully appreciate all the ways I've improved as a sibling in the last year and a half, here's the full list.