Celebrating A New Life: The Twelve Gifts of Birth “Sprinkle”

Nothing is more magical than life … creating life, nurturing life, bringing a new life into the world.  I think it is essential to celebrate these moments and the women involved.

Last weekend I threw a small shower (we called it a “sprinkle”) for my cousin.  She is pregnant with her second child and although she didn’t need a lot of baby gear, I wanted to celebrate her pregnancy and the new baby boy that is soon to be here.

I used the book, “The Twelve Gifts of Birth” by Charlene Costanzo as a theme for the shower.  It is a beautiful book that talks about the blessings we all inherit in life (love, beauty, joy, reverence, imagination, strength, courage, hope, talent, compassion, wisdom, and faith).  As each guest RSVP’ed I gave them one of the 12 gifts to tie into their gift for Meg &/or the baby. (hover your mouse over the photo to see the title/”gift”)

The party was filled with laughter and tears … from the powerful thoughts, messages, and gifts that were present that afternoon.  Along with the gifts, we presented her with a rock with each of the gifts written on it for her to hold and treasure before, during, and after the baby comes.

Each guest left with a candle.  We will start a phone chain to notify each other when my cousin goes into labor to light these candles in a special way to be “with” her during the birth!

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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