Baby showers are not my thing. The poopy chocolate diaper game grosses me out and the thought of everyone staring at me as I open gifts is enough to give me an anxiety attack. However, I do believe in celebrating a baby's pending arrival! When I was pregnant with Henry, my mother hosted an intimate high tea at the Chateau Laurier and it was perfect for me!
I've been doing a lot of reading this pregnancy and I got really excited when I learned about an old Navajo tradition called a Blessingway. The pre-birth ceremony celebrates a woman's sacred right of passage into motherhood. The goal is to boost a pregnant woman's confidence and to nurture her with love and support. My girlfriend kindly offered to host a Blessingway for me, but I politely declined because I know no amount of theatre training will ever help overcome my fear of being the centre of attention. However, my family had a different plan...
Today, I was under the assumption I was going out for lunch with my mom, sister and sister-in-law, but when I went to pick them up, I was welcomed by a surprise Blessingway instead!
They immediately placed a flower crown on my head, handed me a refreshing spa water made with organic fruit and then we gathered together in a circle on the living room floor. The Blessingway began with a sage smudging ritual to cleanse the energy and prepare me for the sacredness of the ceremony. My sister read the beautiful Birth Blessing by Natalie Evans and I was given a handmade pillow case decorated with encouraging quotes to take to the hospital with me to remind me of my strength.
The intimate celebration made me feel comfortable and at ease. Tonight, I feel very loved, relaxed and happy.
Now, we wait...
My home is spotless, the nursery is finished, my freezer is full of healthy meals, I've met with my doula and my hospital bag is packed.