I just wanted to reach out to share our good news and ask for support if it feels good to you to offer it. (No pressure either way!)
Raising a baby used to be something we did in a village. As part of our family who care about us, you likely would have stopped in and shared a meal, a hug, or taken my dog for a walk. Because of our travels, our village is all over the world, and often not right next door. We miss you, especially in this vulnerable journey of new parenthood.
We moved to a new town in September, and have had a beautiful time connecting in with local community of birth workers and new friends.
Asking feels so very weird, but receiving is a skill I’m practicing as a pregnant woman and soon to be a new mom. So here we go.
We have received much of what we need so far, and there are still a few things that we are looking for to feel really prepared for our baby and this transition to parenthood.
I’d love your support whether it’s a quick voice/note wishing us well, a word of advice about what really worked for you in parenting a newborn (or preteen!!), checking in on us in late March/April/May after baby is here, sending $20 or more that helps fund a traditional closing the bones ceremony, or having me be a well massaged mama goddess, nourished with all the best foods and herbal teas, or money towards our rent so Dan can put his work hat down for longer and snuggle our baby even more.
Every bit makes a difference. There’s no pressure or expectation from us either way. Thank you for helping us learn how to receive, and restoring the village.
You can check out my baby registry list to see what we plan to purchase, or do so yourself directly. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nupLCoHnUeikzwJG1FVxH6Yf5jQLxpndOLFrPSkAs-E/edit?usp=sharing
You can also etransfer or paypal directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
For local/visiting friends check out our Mealtrain requests here https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/vz1o86 and consider if it might work for you to come out to Kimblerley for 4-7 days in late March/April/May to help us with baby care, laundry, keeping our dog walked, or other householding things.