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Kate´s Blessingway!

Sorry guys for getting this up so late tonight, I had to come home and have a nanna nap, and I´m not even pregnant, like so many of you!!!

Anyway, the very first thing I have to document was the first conversation Jen and I had with Kate this afternoon when we had to ring her to clarify directions after driving as far as we could, quite literally, and realising we´d gone wrong SOMEWHERE... Kate quickly figured out we´d driven too far along a road, and gave us back tracking directions with a cheerful, 'And it´s really EASY from there!' to round things off... As she said that I could help laughing, considering I was looking at the following seen out our front window!

Anyway, us city girls got there, and not even late (ok, 10 minutes late, but that was bloody marvellous considering I was in the car distracting the driver with my verbal diahhrea!)...

Ok, so who was there... From left; Jen, Kate Y, Leah and Laura...


From left; that space on the couch is where I was sitting, but you all know what I look like - if not, check out yesterdays blog... The Mum-of-honour Kate F, Nee, and Rach Y...

We chatted forever, and then we decided we'd better get this ball rolling (no pum intended), and Kate Y started on the henna-ing of Kate F's bump...

Isn't Kate F just a vision of blossoming pregnancy! Love these photos, the light was just right, and well, just personally, if I could choose someone to be my mum now, I reckon I'd choose Kate - she's such a down to earth, lovely, WYSIWYG person (ah, yes, Kate, now who sounds like the looney stalker!)...

Kate Y did a fabulous job with the henna too, might I add! Kate, if you ever wanted to give up Tuppering (which I know you don't, BUT), I'm sure you could start a successful business doing henna for special occassions!

Meanwhile the rest of us got busy doing affirmation cards, that I hear Kate is going to make into a book...





I took this opportunity before the ceremony itself to take some belly shots, of Kate, of course, but also of our other two blossoming bellies - Jen and Rach!









Rach on the left at 26 weeks, then Kate in the middle at 38 weeks (minus 1), and Jen on the right at 27.5 weeks...

Bellies in all shapes and sizes! Unfortunately, I was using a short focal length here, so I could use the lens that didn't require the flash, to maximise the light, but that meant that Kate was kind of out of focus, but I think the effect still worked (kind of)... Anyway, I like it!

Then we did the ceremony, which included everyone giving Kate a bead so she could make a necklace or bracelet to wearing during labour. As well as this the "Book of Birth" (that's what I'm calling it, as I don't know what it's called), was passed on to Kate. This is a book recording the birth stories of the women who have worn the bracelet that a number of women from Alternativebaby originally made for Kate Y's daughter's birth two years ago. The bracelet was then so generously passed onto me, by Kate, and then onto Laura. Next it is going to Kate F, then Shae, then Jen, then Rach, and then I'm hoping Leah will have a chance to use it at her birth - your time must come, I've been waiting so long! Since starting this tradition nearly all the women in our social circle, and a couple of new ones toboot having been pregnant in an overlapping fashion at one time or another! We're even mooting having retrospective Blessingways for those women who had their babies just before this tradition started...

Then Kate wrapped a red thread around each woman and gave each woman a candle, which she then light from her Mother Candle... Doing this signifies the creation of a circle of positive energy to encompass the pregnant woman throughout the end of her pregnancy and into her labour and through to the birth of her baby. The red thread is for the rest of us to tie around our wrists until the baby is born as a constant reminder to send loving energy to the pregnant woman!



The lighting of the candles (a bit blurry due to low light)...


See the red thread around Jen's wrist, and then around Rach's, Kate then cut this thread, so we each had our own lengtth of it, and blew out each of our candles - which will be relight when we hear she is in labour!
As the sun was setting in the West we had to leave, but it was a beautiful Blessing to be part of this Blessingway!

Comments

loz said…
Some stunning photos and you have captured the day perfectly... It is so surreal how quickly that bracelet is growing and being passed on thorugh our group :D lol about the nanna nap
Leah said…
You got some fabulous photos there Sif! I especially like the black and white ones of Kate and her belly, she looks so relaxed and radiant :)
HipbubbyMama said…
Looks fabulous! I am so sad i couldn't make it :(
Bruce said…
Oh thanks so much for being resident photographer and for posting all this! Means I can just link to your blog and save me typing it all out!
And thanks for coming... I had a lovely time!
katef said…
oops that last comment was me... using my Dad's PC and forgetting to change the blogger sign in.. yet again!

See told you I am a weird stalker... named Bruce! LOL
Sif said…
PMSL, yeah I thought it was probably you on your dad´s computer, LOL, either that or one of Dave´s comicbook geek guys had suddenly spawned an interest in all things pregnancy and birth related... NOT!
Nic and Beren said…
I love the 3 bellies picture Sif, very groovy to see the different shapes and stages.
casso said…
What a gorgeous day, it looks like everything was so lovely. I had to laugh at the Maisy and Spot books being used to hold up the writing paper though, lol!

Stunning belly pic too Sif.
Bin said…
Great photos... almost feel as though I was there for real now... So lovely to see Kate having all the lovely things she missed out on last time... So sad I missed it...

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