When I was initially asked if I wanted a gathering to celebrate my second pregnancy, I said, “No.” My anxiety surrounding the pandemic and gathering with too many people, even outside, was very high. I felt that we could celebrate differently.
After some persuasion, I gave in to having a small Mother Blessing. A Mother Blessing is inspired by the Navajo tradition Blessingway, a sacred celebration honoring a mother-to-be.
With careful planning, help from friends, and some compromising on my end, I got to share quite a few beautiful moments with some very special people, and I will hold them close to my heart.
Due to distancing, we had to omit several ceremonies from the agenda, but we included a few standard baby shower elements. We played three games and decorated using a nautical theme. My 11 guests made a flower crown and birthing bracelets with semi-precious gemstones for me. Oh, and I got a neck, should, arm, and hand massage, too!
I received a ton of adorable gifts for my son including hand-painted onesies. Luna got a few gifts, too! I also received offerings that will support me during the 4th trimester (the first 40 days postpartum). Those gifts included yoni tea bags, recipe books, candles, and more mama earth goodness.
I was lifted by people who understand the essence of who I am and for that, I am deeply grateful. I gave my mother some pushback, but I appreciate everything she and my friends did to make this day special and unforgettable.
If you are planning a baby shower or mother blessing, check out my tips for making sure your event goes off without a hitch!