In preparation for the big evening, (it seemed big to us as we'd left the older children with Dads!) we had asked all participants to bring a bead for the mother, some food and their birth stories. Not the story of their children's birth but, of how their mother gave birth to them. Some interesting nuggets popped up, none of which i shall post here. Discretion and all that jazz. So with henna in hand... we arrived to reign chaos upon the mother's tummy. In a gentle, loving way!
|A mama's gift to the mother. Stones wishing the baby and mother positive vibes|
|Being palpated! Luckily Gem's Mum is a midwife!|
|And the artistry begins!|
|Ta dah! And yes, we may have got a little silly...|
We giggled late into the night and the oxytocin was flowing in abundance. I wish I could say that she went into labour there and then... but alas her bubba stayed safe and warm for a week longer. However, Mama Gem gave birth to a happy, healthy baby boy and they're currently being snuggly and cute - which is making me far too broody!