So you all have such wonderful wisdom that I thought I’d ask you today for some ideas!
First off, a woman wrote me with a question that I’d never considered before. You know how some people throw “Period Parties” for their daughters when they get their first periods (not that I think that’s necessarily a good idea; depends on your daughter)? Well, what about celebrating when the period ends!
I am a gray-haired 57-year-old wife of my wonderful husband of many decades, mother of two amazing kids, grandmother of several busy, active, imaginative grandkids, daughter, sister, friend, who is approaching her menopause celebration date! I feel like this deserves some kind of recognition or celebration of sorts. Like the other bookend of that awkward First Period Moment, but in a good way? Any thoughts, traditions, ideas would be appreciated!
What a great question!
For those who don’t know, a menopause celebration day would be one year to the day since the start of your last period.
So you’re officially in menopause when you haven’t had a period for a full calendar year (I had one friend who had a period on day 340, and then she had to start counting again. That was a bummer.)
I had my day several years ago (I was early), and I didn’t pay much attention to it, except to be happy. But that’s a great question: why don’t we celebrate this more? And what would be a fitting way to celebrate? I found I’ve become way more fierce since menopause, so a lot of women actually enjoy entering this stage of their lives.
And we’ve been talking about our wonderful sponsor Femallay on the podcast, and Femallay has some amazing products, like vaginal “melts” (vaginal suppositories), to help with vaginal dryness and make sex pleasurable and fun (as well as just keeping you more comfortable in general). I highly recommend (and we’ll be talking about them more soon!).
So if you have any thoughts on how to celebrate Menopause Day, let me know!
What would you tell a pregnant woman to do in the last few weeks before she gives birth?
Okay, question #2: Rebecca’s due date is rapidly approaching, and little Alex has no idea how much his life is about to change!
(I realize this picture is kind of funny because it looks like it’s MY arm that’s over her belly, but forgive that!)
Anyway, we’re not sure how much time she has left before baby comes. Alex was REALLY late, but there are signs that may not be the case this time. But who really knows?
So assuming she has just a few weeks left, what would you say are the most important things she does right now?
I’d love to write both of those up in two posts! And you guys always have the best ideas.
Also, totally random thing: Here’s the blanket I’ve been working on for 8 years.
I normally knit it while we’re in our RV. I use all the ends from sock yarn balls (there’s always stuff left over after you knit socks), and I’ve had other people give me their ends. It’s going to be a summer bedspread, and it’s about maybe 60% done? But it’s getting too big for the RV now so I brought it inside for the winter!
(I just thought some of you may be interested!)
But my real questions are about menopause and getting ready for baby!
So let me know–Menopause Day? Getting Ready for Baby? We’re listening!
Sheila Wray Gregoire
Founder of To Love, Honor and Vacuum
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