Motherhood, My Journey

My Blessingway

A Blessingway is like a mother shower, or a baby shower centered on the mom. With Native American roots, it’s about celebrating a woman’s transition into motherhood and empowering her to achieve the birth she desires.

My Blessingway

Every Blessingway is different. You can include a variety of rituals, ceremonies and components, from henna body painting to lighting candles and singing to laying on of hands and offering a prayer.

My mom did a fantastic job on Kate’s Blessingway!

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For my first one, everyone contributed a bead to my birth bracelet. For my second, each guest added to the henna paint on my belly. Both were incredibly sweet and moving.

For my most recent one for Kate, my ladies brought a blessing or prayer and a special bead to add to the dream catcher I made for Kate.
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Cards and beads from my Blessingway guests.
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Dream catcher at the center of the wall hanging, we strung on everyone’s beads to add to it.

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I even entered under an “arch of friendship” after the ladies sung “Happy Birth Day.” I was cracking up–it was such a fun way to begin!

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The arch of friendship I entered under for my Blessingway.

Mom made me a cup of tea and soaked my feet in infused water while leading the ladies in a hands mediation, followed by a foot massage with lavender lotion. Aaaaaahhhhh….! (I think pampering should be incorporated into every Blessingway)

My Blessingway. -tabithadumas.com Tabitha Dumas

My Blessingway. -tabithadumas.com Tabitha Dumas
Warm water infused with rose petals from my garden, rosemary and essential oils.

The food at a Blessingway is meant to be beautiful, fresh and as natural as possible and she nailed it.

The look was meant to represent a bounty of blessing and Kate’s middle name, Annelise, means “bounty of grace.”
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A bounty indeed!

The sweets weren’t as “natural” but they were sure delicious. And no shower would be complete without nuts and mints (a true Southern tradition)!

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Sweets and treats at the Blessingway. I made the pretzel rods and topped the brownies!

So many of them held out HOPE for us so our favor was a dragonfly charm that symbolizes hope along with a lavender tea light they’ll light when I go into labor.

My Blessingway. Honoring the mother. -tabithadumas.com

My Blessingway. Honoring the mother. -tabithadumas.com

Afterward, my same dear friend who did my maternity portraits (check them out here) also took some more pictures of Kate and I in all our glory. I was a week further along (37 weeks) and you can tell!

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I love these with mine and my mom’s hands. The three generations of girls! 

My Blessingway. -tabithadumas.com Tabitha Dumas

My Blessingway. -tabithadumas.com Tabitha Dumas

We got some whimsical shots in the back yard, too.

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My Blessingway. -tabithadumas.com Tabitha Dumas
Pure joy!

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It was such a beautifully blessed day and gave me a chance to be surrounded by the women who have stood by me during this journey.

My Blessingway was easily my favorite day of my pregnancy!

It’s such a wonderful tradition and I am truly grateful to everyone who participated.

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My Blessingway. Honoring the mother. -tabithadumas.com

My Blessingway. Honoring the mother. -tabithadumas.com

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About Tabitha Dumas

Seeing women showing UP to their life authentically and confidently--THAT is what excites me. I am a strategist, bringer of the fun, trail blazer and agent of encouragement offering creative and effective strategies to help women elevate their image and expand their influence. I'm also a magazine junkie, dedicated wife, fun-loving mama, bargain shopper and story teller trying to use my powers for good in this crazy world. I love my life!
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