Our life in B-town

Attempting family life that is frugal, organic and eco-friendly

Blessingway August 8, 2012

Filed under: About me,baby shower,Birth,Loving myself,Pregnancy,Solomon — rorosarahbeth @ 11:56 pm

I am thinking that for this baby it would be fun to do a Blessingway party instead of a baby shower. My thought is that every baby deserves a celebration but we really really don’t need any more boy stuff since this will be our third boy! I like the idea of a Blessingway since it is more focused on the celebration of new life rather than STUFF. Which I really don’t think there is anything wrong with a baby shower, it just doesn’t fit with what our family needs or wants right now. I am a little worried about how all of the attention might be focused on me for so long because I was raised to be “Selfless” and “Not desire attention” to the point that it was almost shameful if you had attention on you in any way. Now I don’t think this now but  those feelings come up for me sometimes just because I was basically brain-washed into thinking that for so long. The other issue is making sure people can and want to come. I feel like I want the event to be on the small side and in the evening so hopefully everyone’s kiddos including my own can be sleeping and mothers can have a good time without having to worry about them.

A few of the traditions I have been reading about include beads/charms being given to make a necklace for the mother to wear while in labor or from then up until her birth. Each bead represents something special from the giver, and hay have something to do with a memory the woman has had with the mother or perhaps a thought she feels will be helpful during the birth such as ‘patience” or “strength.”

Another tradition that my dear friend brought to my attention  would be to write special thoughts on candles for the mother to light during her labor and birth. I have seen alternatives such as smooth rocks being used as well.

Other traditions are about taking care of or pampering the mother and preparing her for her birth. I have read about hair brushing, braiding and putting fresh flowers in her hair and giving her a foot bath or pedicure. Other focus on celebrating her pregnant form by decorating her belly with henna or doing a belly cast and decorating it.

I know for sure mine will include wine and good food though. 🙂 Maybe my birth track will play in the background!


Organizing, Sorting, Getting Rid of Stuff and Making Room for Baby! July 26, 2012

Filed under: Johnathon,Loving myself,Pregnancy,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 12:37 am

I have spent most of today going through CRAP and bagging it up to get rid of. I guess nesting is starting a little early for me this time? Does that mean this one will be an early bird like Zephaniah? You would be surprised how much stuff a family of 4.5 accumulates over time. I am excited to  finish a trade I’ve been working on for a bunch of storage tubs. I am going to use them to sort the boys (and Fergie’s) clothes by size.  And I am just getting rid of all by my favorite 4-5 outfits from my “Skinny” clothes that will probably never fit me again anyway!  The plan is to barter/trade a few things and give most of it away. If no one local wants it I am making a huge trip to the Goodwill. We need to make room for another dresser and crib! And the usual slew of baby clothes, shoes, blankets, diapers, socks, toys, bouncers swings, carriers, and miscellaneous stuff you are always convinced you need.

I did however put on my swim suit and take a dip in the community pool with my boys. 🙂

I’m starting to look/feel a little more pregnant too. 18 weeks 3 days along! Big brother Johnathon was loving on “Fergie”  right before we went out to the pool. 🙂


Bare Bellies, Bold Mammas July 16, 2012

Filed under: About me,Loving myself — rorosarahbeth @ 5:02 am

After 2 babies and being 17 weeks pregnant with my third I just participated in a local group of moms baring their bellies for all to see. Here are my single shots I took of just me and my belly. I feel like it looks so bad but I have decided I should be brave. My body has cooked 2 babies and is cooking a third, it is amazing and wonderful.

Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Posted with permission photo by Tiffany Burke Photography

Posted with permission photo by Tiffany Burke Photography