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Last night I went to a group Blessing Way Celebration. It was at a local yoga studio here in town that is in a beautiful house. There ended up being 4 of us pregnant gals plus Sandy, the leader, so it was a nice, intimate group. It really was wonderful. For 2 hours we listened to Sandy read to us beautiful affirmations, meditations, poems, even a song…acknowledging the inner strength in all of us. There were tears shed and stories told, it was simply wonderful.

Today I started collecting things to put on my “birthing alter”. This is something new I am going to do for this pregnancy. It sounds wierd, but it it is really quite simple. I have space set aside on top of the baby’s dresser where I am collecting things that are sacred and meaningful to me during this time. Some items from the Blessing Way last night, his first little cloth diaper he will wear, his first little booties and onsie, words of encouragement written by my sister-in-law, a candle, just to name a few. I am putting together a collage right now of words and photos and other inspiring things that I am going to hang above the space. I even asked Gabe if he will participate and do some artwork on the collage.

I am currently reading the book Birthing In The Spirit, which is proving to be a perfect read for this time of my pregnancy. I really do feel at peace, positive, happy, and very serene right now. I would really like to carry this attitude with me over the next several weeks, and even spill it over onto my friends and family.

So let me say that getting up at 5:50AM is NOT a favorite thing of mine to do, but I have to make lunches every morning for the crew, so I have no choice. When I am done putting everything together I always crawl back into bed with Ethan and sometimes drift back to sleep for another couple of hours, but sometimes I can’t sleep and end up just getting up. Today was one of those mornings. And let me say, I LOVE my quiet mornings. Hubby is gone to work, and Ethan sleeps till at least 8 every morning, so that gives me about 2 whole hours to be alone and do whatever I wish! Like get caught up on my blog occasionally! The first thing that I do is make myself a 2 cup pot of delicious dark roast coffee in my french press pot. Ahh, the smell of freshly ground beans and hot steamy water…I love it. Even though I have a sink full of dirty dishes from last night, and you might think that is what I would hop on first, I don’t. This is MY time. Dishes are not fun or relaxing for me, so they can wait. I started reading a new book a few weeks ago and never seem to find time to actually read it, so I might go do that. Or maybe some morning yoga, or a nice relaxing bath?? I could think of endless “fun” things for myself to do. So I better stop talking about them, and go do them!!