July 26, 2015 9:25 PM EDT
Though Caitlyn Jenner has already introduced herself to the world, Sunday night’s premiere of her new reality show
I Am Cait captured her first introductions to many of her family members. Perhaps most emotional of all for Jenner was the first time she presented herself to her mother, Esther Jenner, as a daughter.
The moment the pair laid eyes on one another, the elder Jenner beamed and enveloped her daughter in a hug. “It’s OK,” Caitlyn told her mother, to which Esther responded, “I knew it would be.”
Over the course of the episode, however, the pair sat down to hash out the emotions that lay beneath the surface. Esther lamented that Caitlyn never confided in her while facing gender identity issues in the past. She admitted that it’s going to be difficult, as she put it, “for me to think of you as ‘she’ and to say ‘Caitlyn’ when I want to speak with you or call your attention.”
But her attitude, more than anything, was one of resolve to do the work she needs to do to come to terms with her daughter’s new life. “I loved him with all my heart, and I certainly love her with all my heart.”
See The Life of Caitlyn Jenner At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Bruce Jenner won the gold medal in the decathlon, setting the world record at 8,616 points. Getty Images Jenner became a national hero following his Olympic win and was later inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1986. Tony Duffy—Getty Images Jenner became an NBC Sportscaster in the late 1970s following his Olympic performance in Montreal. NBC/Getty Images Jenner married actress Linda Thompson, above, on Jan. 5, 1981, following his divorce with Chrystie Crownover. Getty Images Jenner was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child. In October of 1985, he received the Outstanding Learning Disabled Achiever Award from then-First Lady Nancy Reagan alongside stars such as Cher and Tom Cruise. Getty Images Jenner was a successful race car driver in the 1980s, though in a 2013 interview he said, "I was a lot more badass runner than I was a driver.” Ann Clifford—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images In 1991, Jenner married Kris Jenner, previously Kris Kardashian, just one month after she finalized her divorce from Robert Kardashian. The two had dated for only five months. Maureen Donaldson—Getty Images Their marriage merged two already large families, evident here in this 1991 portrait. Donaldson Collection/Getty Images After his sports career, Jenner, seen here at a celebrity golf event in 1993, had a number of small acting jobs and television appearances. Stephen Dunn—Getty Images The family poses at an event in 1995, the year Jenner and Kris welcomed the first of their two children together, Kendall Jenner. Ron Galella—WireImage Kylie Jenner was born two years later in 1997. The girls can be seen here on the red carpet in 2000, long before they covered magazines and appeared on TIME's Most Influential Teens list. Scott Nelson—AFP/Getty Images Jenner, seen here in 2005, would re-enter the spotlight thanks to Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which first premiered in 2007. Steve Granitz—WireImage Jenner spoofed his reality-star fame with a commercial for Tropicana Juicy Rewards in 2010. AP Jenner and Kris, here at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2011, announced their separation in 2013. She filed for divorce the following year. Kevin Winter—Getty Images Jenner poses with a box of Wheaties in 2012. He appeared on the front of the box first in 1977 after his Olympic gold-medal win, then in 2012 when Wheaties rolled out a retro series. Noel Vasquez—Getty Images Jenner appears with two of his sons, TV personality Brody Jenner and musician Brandon Jenner, who records with his wife as Brandon & Leah, at an April 2013 release party. Chelsea Lauren—WireImage Jenner walks with step-daughter Kim Kardashian in October of 2014 — about five months after rapper Kanye West became his son-in-law. Bauer-Griffin—GC Images Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, appeared as a woman for the first time on the cover of Vanity Fair's June 2015 issue, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Annie Leibovitz—Vanity Fair Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter—Getty Images More Must-Reads From TIME Inside the White House Program to Share America's Secrets Meet the 2024 Women of the Year East Palestine, One Year After Train Derailment The Closers: 18 People Working to End the Racial Wealth Gap Long COVID Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It Does Column: The New Antisemitism The 13 Best New Books to Read in March Want Weekly Recs on What to Watch, Read, and More? Sign Up for Worth Your Time