On the weekend our nearest and dearest, our Village, gathered together in the chilly May air to celebrate our home and our baby. Despite the threats of rain (it was very soggy here on Friday) it remained dry and we were able to throw some sausages and veggie burgers on the barbeque, raise a glass and eat our weight in cheese, guacamole, an array of salads, potatoes (of course) and cheesecake.
I made a simple ribbon backdrop and fabric tablecloth for a table we set up in our carport – laden with cake, house shaped cookies for our ‘village’, cupcakes, little morsels of food, milk bottles of fruit punch with either navy or peach striped straws to choose from (boy or girl baby?) and lemon meringue cheesecakes in jars wrapped in gold banding and minty cord. I had a bit of a popcorn disaster so they didn’t get to go out on the table before I took photos (hence the gap you can see where they should have been). My sister came to the rescue with more popcorn a bit later though, which we put in boxes tagged ‘ready to pop’ and quickly got devoured by all the kids running around (we had 17 kids here, crazy fun!)
The carport got spruced up with some tissue paper pom poms I made in navy, peach, mint and gold, as well as a sign made from glittered card: ‘It Takes A Village’. We asked our Village for their parenting pearls of wisdom to peg to an old wooden door (which we also used at our wedding for our seating plan). A glass jar served as a suggestion box of sorts for what ‘Blueberry’ will really be called. Reading them all later that night was so much fun! Some good guesses (some ‘interesting’) but we were pleasantly surprised that most of our favourites were not even mentioned – ha! My nieces went a bit nuts with the amount of suggestions, and my Nan is really gunning for a John great-grandson (my grandpa’s name). Matt’s childhood blackboard I used to display baby photos of both of us too.
Our Village were asked to simply gift us with a book and a message written inside, we received so many gorgeous children’s books, all which will be enjoyed for many years I’m sure. Alison Lester’s ‘Kissed by the Moon’ never ceases to make me cry, and as an added bonus she’s a South Gippslander too, I love all her books. We actually received three copies though! Luckily two were unwritten in and returnable for another book. I made up little kraft favour boxes for our lovely Village to take home – with ‘a baby is brewing’ tags and an assortment of various flavoured teabags inside.
We felt incredibly blessed and so full of gratitude that we get to bring our child into this pretty fabulous Village of ours – our parents, our siblings, their children, our friends, old and and new, near and far, they all make up the fabric of who will help us raise this little Blueberry and find our feet as a family. How lucky are we?
And just as the day was drawing to a close, people were getting closer and closer to Matt’s fire he’d built as the air got chillier, the two photographers on the scene spied something pretty fabulous happening over on the western hills beyond Brindabella. Lou grabbed me, her camera sidekicks, Cedar was happy to be left with my mum and we got snap happy for the briefest of sunsets. Thank-you Lou, you’re amazing.
Now we’re almost ready to meet you Blueberry – everyone else is too! You’re already so very loved, just you wait to see and feel all the love that will surround you – it’s pretty amazing. I can’t wait to be your Mama.