I had mixed emotions about burying the placenta. I felt sad and I wished that I had some close friends with me to celebrate the moment. I know it sounds strange--I can imagine many eyes rolling as this gets read or some ewwwww gross faces. That's okay. Placenta burying isn't for everyone. But it was right for me and I wished that I had enough foresight to have some reflection time before actually burying it. I think that part of me felt sad because it felt like I was saying goodbye to part of Graham's babydom. What if he is my last baby? I think there was a small part of me mourning that possibility. Plus, there was something cool about having the organ that sustained Graham throughout his development in my womb. Here are the pictures of my little "ceremony".
I wanted to inspect the placenta. I didn't really get to look at it much after Graham was born. Things were a little chaotic right after he was born and I was too busy bonding with him after that.
I wasn't sure what the placenta would look like after it had been frozen and thawed but it looked just a normal post-birth placenta. The cord was still jelly like and you could still see the veins.
Here I am holding up the amniotic sac where Grahammy lived for 9 months. It was so neat to see how big the sac and placenta was.
It is about to go in the ground. We put the dirt over it and I planted some pepper plants around it. I hope to have a lot of fun with my little garden and I think I will smile every time I look at it because I know that some extra part of who we are as a family went into making it.
I'll post some more pictures soon of the finished garden. I already have some lettuce, radish, pumpkin, and okra shoots coming up. Woo-hoo!