A heavily pregnant woman woman has posted a touching tribute to her deceased mother ahead of the birth of her first child.
Taking to Instagram, yoga teacher Liz Arch from Los Angeles shared a side-by-side picture of her at 41 weeks pregnant with a nearly identical one of her mother pregnant with her.
She wrote: ‘As I approach the end of my pregnancy, one of my dear friends reached out to me to offer support and encouragement from one motherless mother to another.
Tribute: Liz Arch from Los Angeles, pictured right, has shared a touching tribute to her deceased mom, pictured left, by posting a side-by-side picture of them both pregnant
Tidal wave: The heavily pregnant yoga teacher shared how the sudden grief of not being able to share her pregnancy with her mother ‘hit her like a tidal wave’
Grief: She also mourned the fact her mother will never get to meet her soon-to-be-born son however she is committed to keeping her memory alive
‘I honestly hadn’t really thought about it up until that point and then all of a sudden grief hit me like a tidal wave. My mom won’t get to witness her youngest daughter becoming a mother.’
Liz who is the creator of Primal Yoga, went on to share that she was also mourning that fact that her mother won’t be in the room with her ‘to hold my hand or stroke my hair’ while she’s in labor.
She also shared how her mom will never get to meet her son and how he will in turn, miss out on having a grandmother.
‘But my son will get to know her through me. She lives through me in my thoughts, memories, words, actions, and mannerisms,’ she added.
Liz also listed the things she’s inherited from her mother who was an English teacher – her love of reading, love of writing, her sweet tooth for chocolate, her love of eating tomatoes like apples and her love of walking by the ocean.
And she was also stuck by the physical similarities between them: ‘I wear my hair long and untamed just like she did. I inherited my strength and independence from her. And I will carry her strength with me when I go into labor.’
Similarities: Liz also revealed how alike she and her mother are, sharing the same love of reading and writing, eating chocolate and tomatoes as if they were apples
Wonder woman: The creator of Primal Yoga also explained how she has the same hair as her mother and also the same strength
Single mom: In another emotional post, Liz shared how she will be raising her son as a single mom after she split up with her son’s father before she realized she was pregnant
Happy family: However she is happy with this arrangement as the couple are committed to raising their son as friends
She concluded her emotional post by sharing she will do her ‘best to carry the torch that my mother lit for me’ by being the best mother she could be.
And she also revealed other details about her pregnancy on her Instagram page, sharing how it has ‘not been a traditional’ one due to her relationship with the baby’s father, Adam Michael Brewer.
Detailing how she started off pregnancy as a single mom, she found out she was pregnant after she and Brewer ended their relationship ‘amicably’.
However the former lovers are now committed to raising their son together as friends.
‘I am proud of how far Adam has come and I know with all my heart he is going to make an incredible father,’ she added. ‘His gentleness has never faltered.’