I just started reading about the idea of the Mother Blessing in lieu of a traditional baby shower, and I'm really liking some things about the idea.
Things I like:
-Having some kind of ritual to celebrate my passage into motherhood (this feels like one of the most important things that's ever happened to me and it's weird how normal it is)
-No or at least fewer baby gifts (I'm gathering hand-me-downs from friends and I just don't think I'll need much else)
-I like the ideas of henna-ing my belly, and some sort of symbol of the women in my life supporting me through labor (give them each a candle to light during labor, or have them each make a bead for a necklace for me)
Things I'm worried about:
-Some of my friends and family are pretty mainstream types who are expecting a baby shower, it may be a little to woo-woo for them
-Am I really OK with no baby gifts? (I think so, but...)
Have others thought about doing a mother blessing or something like it? What do you plan to do?