Wow. Week 26 already!
Time has really flown by. I think that's mostly because Jen has felt so good throughout this whole ordeal. (Apologies to people who have had hard pregnancies.) There has still been no vomiting, heartburn, headaches, or pain. I can't say that Jen has been chipper, but she definitely feels very lucky.
These days we have been talking a lot about some ceremonies that we may want to do. We're not into showers (shocking, I know), but we are interested in what showers used to mean before being overtaken by gifts and eating melted candy bars out of diapers. We're really interested in creating a space that is honoring of the parents and what we have gone/are going through as well as getting that strong sense of community support. We're not really sure what that is going to look like quite yet and unfortunately many of the people who would want to participate won't get that opportunity. So far we have thought of:
having everyone bring a charm to put on a bracelet that Jen (and I) can wear during labor,
having a video booth that people can record jokes, stories and encouragement that we can view during labor,
and for people who have to bring a gift, we could collect the gifts and then donate them to a local shelter for struggling parents to give to their children.
We also may be decorating a "belly cast," reading poems/blessings, and some other crazy hippie stuff.
We're open to other ideas as well. Does anyone have any suggestions?
(We also want to do a "Welcome to the planet" ceremony after the kiddo is born, but the planning for that will come AB (after birth).)