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Seeing as this is my last and I have never done such a thing, this sounds like something I want to do...<br><br><a href="http://www.mother-care.ca/blessing.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mother-care.ca/blessing.htm</a><br><br>
Anyone here ever done one or thinking about doing one?<br><br>
If you have, what things did you include that were extra special?<br>
Or what are you planning that might be new or different?<br><br><br>
I am thinking belly cast too this time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I don't ever want to forget how huge I get!!<br><br>
Oh and when do you think you will plan it for ( I was thinking 37 weeks?)
 

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I would love to have one! I am definitely doing a belly cast & henna this time to celebrate my ripeness!<br><br>
I wonder if I could throw my own? I've never been one to have many girlfriends (I've always hung out with the boys). I'm still relatively new to the area and I do have a couple of girlfriends but neither of them are really close. I really admire the women in my UU group & they've always reached out to me (I'm shy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> ). I would love to share this with all of them! But w/out anyone feeling obligated to do anything other than show up . <i>And</i> bring a bead, poem/blessing or natural gift(i.e. feather, shell) of course!<br>
What do you think?
 

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Kelly, yeah I am the same way I don't have a ton of friends, but I will be throwing my own I am sure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
OH I wanna do HENNA TOOOOO!<br><br>
I would love to cover these stretch marks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Hmmm...waiting to hear more ideas I can STEAL!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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yes, i'd love to have one. not sure of how/if it'll work out, but it would be wonderful to have one.<br>
at this point i don't see a belly cast in my future -- knowing how much we'll be moving in the next few years, it doesn't seem practical. but who knows...
 

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Well I'm sort of throwing my own, sort of not! I basically told my best friend here that I don't want any showers, all I wanted was a blessingway. I am going to hire a bellydancer (hopefully, it's not cheap) and she comes bearing gifts for everyone. She does a dance in full garb and then teaches a little lesson. I think belly dancing is a beautiful way to celebrate the pregnant body, don't you? We will also prob. do a belly cast but I will be giving it to my mw/friend b/c I don't have anything to do with it. She wants it for her office which is fine with me. I'm sure I can get it back if I really want it one day. We will also do the bead thing. Maybe talk about the chakras and do some sort of meditation about them. I don't know what else, but that's prob. enough. Oh, one idea is to help the pregnant woman (yourself) write affirmation note cards to be put up around your house or wherever you will be laboring. I wrote some for myself last birth and I had them everywhere and I really loved them. I wrote things like: Breath. Be Strong beautiful woman. Pray. I had prayers on some of them or little meditations about how my uterus was opening up. I plan to have some again. They were wonderful.
 

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Another link:<br><br><a href="http://www.childbirthsolutions.com/articles/pregnancy/birthrituals/index.php" target="_blank">http://www.childbirthsolutions.com/a...uals/index.php</a>
 

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well I threw my own last time, well I had help but I did make my own cake (belly and boobies carrot cake) and made my own invitations (see the river pictures in full term pictures of previous pregnancyies thread) and what else...<br><br>
I had it as a potluck, and asked everyone to bring a bead (my favorite part) to make my birth mala.... what else? we passed out candles and had a phone list to burn a candle one for labor and one for when the baby arrives, but we never did that part (I had a very short labor)...<br><br>
we had a guessing sheet for the baby's birthday and weight and gave a prize to the person who guessed most close...<br><br>
the best part is it was at my friends' river house so we played in the water nearly the entire time!<br><br>
I'm certainly doing something like it again.
 

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I'd really love to do a blessing way. If I do one, I will need to organize and plan it as my family would be a bit uncertain about how to do it. We are in the midst of moving and if I have a blessing way where I live now, I know that many of my friends would be on-board as we've done partial blessing ways for other moms and I wouldn't have to do all the planning. Once we move near my family I have only a few friends I would want to invite.
 

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ok Vera...whats a birth mala? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I wanna know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I like the idea of having it near water...we don't know anyone that has a place near water really htough ( except my FIL waaaay up north and yeah, I don't want him anywhere near it :/ )<br><br>
I liked the bellie and boobs cake too, thats it a neat idea!<br><br>
At this point I doubt any of my family will be invited...or dh's with the exception of maybe his sister. My MIL will want to start offering baby shower ideas...and yeah I don't want that at ALL.<br><br>
My dh is a on the side tattoo artist so it might be kind of cool to give each guest a henna tatt to take with them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
OH and he is a massage therapist...maybe he can give massages ( he will be SO thrilled to find out he is WORKING at the event <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )
 

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Hi ladies,<br><br>
I LOVE this idea, and I've been thinking about having one myself! I'm guessing I'll plan the whole thing, but maybe ask a couple close girlfriends to help out.<br><br>
here are the things I was thinking of doing:<br>
-henna on bellies--for everyone! not just me. I want this to be a celebration for everyone...<br><br>
-making/painting affirmation cards. This idea has been given here already, and I love it. I thought of it last week as I was reading "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth", and she was saying that in our current medical culture when things are difficult in a birth, we assume it's because there's something wrong with the woman's body, that she is a lemon like a bad car. Then she wrote: "You are not a lemon." I've been thinking about it constantly! So I decided to make a sign, "You are not a lemon," and started thinking of other messages, and how wonderful it would be to have signs from my friends, helping me, cheering me on...<br><br>
-maybe making a quilt/blanket? I don' know quite how to do this logistically, but I was thinking of having scraps and having everyone make a little square with whatever design they wanted, then I could sew them all together<br><br>
This is my first pregnancy, and I'm the first of my friends to have a baby, and I'm interested in making this an event for my little "community," especially because except for my wonderful husband, I don't have family in the area.<br><br>
It's such a relief to talk about a "shower" that isn't about getting a bunch of plastic presents!
 

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This wasn't necessarily a blessing way, but for my SIL's last, a few of her good friends organized a small morning get together to celebrate her and her pregnancy. She had a lot of complications during that pregnancy so we all got together on a Sunday morning, ate brunch and gave gifts for her - massage gift certificates, pajamas and slippers, etc. They gave out candles for each of us to light when she went into labor.<br><br>
Then, we all painted murals on the babies walls! Since she was so sick with the pregnancy and had a 2.5 year old DD, they didn't have time to do much in the nusery. They turned out great and even now, 2 years later, it's so neat to go into my nieces bedroom and see all of our work.
 
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