The etiquette around a baby shower for baby #2 is kinda uncertain. Some say only a baby shower for the first baby. Some say a baby shower for #2 is okay if it’s a different sex. Personally, I think that every child deserves to be celebrated. Over the past few months, I was frequently hinting to my mother that it would be nice to have a sort celebration, like a Blessingway before baby girl arrives.
A Blessingway isn’t a baby shower. The term Blessingway is actually a Navajo term. Many people now use this term to mean a celebration of pregnancy and motherhood. No matter what you call this ceremony, the meaning is the same – to celebrate becoming a parent. I didn’t want gifts. Rather a time for the women I hold close to my heart to get together, share a life verse for baby girl, pray for baby girl, and of course…EAT! I even tried to help my mother plan the celebration…but without much enthusiasm on her end…I just let it slide.
Little did I know that her and my sister were instrumenting a surprise celebration for me and baby girl. I thought I was going to a Pampered Chief party…only to walk in on a room full of women that are very near and dear to me! It was a huge reminder of how much love and support I have surrounding baby girl, Kolt, and me. I am so lucky to have such wonderful women in my life.
One of the very special activities was the beautiful necklace that was made for me by all of the women at the celebration. My mother orchestrated the making of a necklace for me to wear in labor to remind me of everyone thinking and praying for me. This is incredibly special to me. It is made out of amethyst beads. Amethyst is February’s birthstone. Amethyst has been known to bring peace, courage, inner strength, to ease stress, and assist in meditation/visualization. Perfect for labor, right? I am so excited to wear this during baby girl’s labor and delivery!
There have been many challenging time throughout this pregnancy but this beautiful celebration reminded me how blessed I truly am!