Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Showers of Babies
Who doesn't love a wedding or a baby shower? You don't? Weird! So except for you, who doesn't? Everyone else does.
I have talked to friends who only get one baby shower per lifetime. Others, like me, get a shower with each baby. I've often wondered if it's regional. I'm in the south, in the Bible belt, where everything and anything is a celebration and an opportunity to eat. A shower is just another fellowship. My friends have begun talking about what I want. I specifically requested no gifts last time and instead they gave me a money tree. (I bought some diapers and a double stroller.) But this time, REALLY, I have every possible thing a mom could need. So I've asked that they make me food....and of course, don't hesitate to come over those first few weeks and help out over here. I'll have five little ones, three under the age of four.
Showers come in so many options. I am interested to find out how they translate in different areas, so please share.
My favorite type of shower is the food and game shower. Lots of good food, of course. Plus lots of games like:
How many times will the toilet paper go around the pregnant mom?
How many jelly beans in the bottle?
Can't say baby. (This one always gets me.)
Here is a really fun website, Baby Shower 101, with tons of ideas for all aspects of the shower.
Then of course, the mom-to-be opens a bazillion presents, which, come on! Everyone loves. Cute baby things? Pink dresses, blue socks, soft blankets. I'm zoning out on it now.
An alternative to the traditional baby shower is a Blessing Way. It's very different than a shower. It's geared towards celebrating the mother herself, instead of showering her with gifts.
Some activities at a Blessing Way:
Painting the baby belly with henna
All the women stand in a circle. Take a long piece of string around the circle, encircling each woman's wrist. Then once it's gone all the way around, cut it to make bracelets. This reminds each friend to pray for the pregnant mom throughout the coming weeks.
Everyone gets a candle. When the mom goes into labor everyone lights their candle and uses it as a reminder to pray for her and the baby while they labor. (Who wouldn't love knowing all the people that care about her, are at that very moment, lifting her up in prayer!!!!)
Everyone bring some piece of nature to symbolize birth or nursing or some aspect of pregnancy.
Write a note, poem, a verse or anything to give to the mother to be. (HOW SPECIAL!!!)
Here are some additional suggestions for a Blessing Way. Amazon also has Blessing Way books.
I think I would like a mix of both...I LOVE games but also want to be pampered and remembered in these ways.
What about you? Tell us about how showers are handled in your neck of the woods. Have you ever heard of a Blessing Way? What would you like for your shower? What are your favorite shower games? Food?
Posted by Michelle at 7:20 AM