Naming- Mirryn

I really fell for Mirryn and her big brother, Brodie. How can you not be smitten with a teeny baby with mad, black hair who falls asleep in your arms, or fall for the charms of a bold boy with a sweet tooth and a cheeky grin?

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Kip Marina was a little grey and damp last Saturday but the Chartroom looked lovely: lots of pink and white balloons, a beautiful cake and, most importantly, a well-stocked candy cart.

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Mirryn waited until her ceremony started and promptly fell asleep! My run of non-criers continues unbroken…..

Mum and Dad were keen to include both their children but to keep the focus on Mirryn and there was no doubt that she was was centre of attention. Brodie was delighted there was a party, a bit over-keen on the cake and, for one day only, he was my boss, making sure that I was doing my job to his satisfaction. So, when he fancied raiding the candy cart mid-ceremony, who was I to object to a short sweetie break?

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The ceremony itself was a light mix of a few words about Mirryn’s little life so far and how important she is to her family, some beautiful and touching promises (from her mum and dad, guide parents and everyone else in the room!), her parent’s hopes and dreams for Mirryn’s future. We also heard a spirited reading from Grampa Mo and braved the cold for a very successful balloon release.  Mirryn’s Guide Parent, her Auntie Emma, read ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go’ by Dr Seuss and, right on cue, Brodie let go of the first balloon, a signal to all his little (and big) pals to release theirs too, sending them rushing into the sky with all the dreams and wishes they have for wee Mirryn.

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Every guest was invited to write some words of wisdom in Mirryn’s guest book and also to pop their thumb print on a print for her nursery. All the small people left with a pretty bag of sweets and some seeds to sow in their gardens in the warmer weather.

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It was the usual slight chaos that I have come to expect (and love) about Naming Ceremonies but, to be honest, they would be rubbish (and very dull) if children were hushed or banished. It’s much better to accept the mayhem and to celebrate the inevitable madness when a dozen small people hoover up fizzy juice and haribo and then spy a shiny wooden dance floor to slide on!

I left with a high five from Brodie, a substantial bag of sweeties from the candy cart and a big smile on my face when I saw this boat as I was leaving. Result!!

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Ellie’s Naming Ceremony

And the unbroken run of Naming Ceremonies with happy babies continues!

Gorgeous Ellie shone at her Naming Ceremony, blowing raspberries throughout, much to the amusement of everyone who’d come along to the Sky Suite of the Cyan Restaurant in Milngavie.

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All my photos of Ellie were rubbish but she took her own picture, her first selfie!

It was a really lovely family occasion- the restaurant belongs to Uncle David, Aunt Lesley did a reading and the Grannies and Papas read a poem between them, which worked really well. Ellie’s big brother, Jack, gave her a wee gift and she gave one to him and everyone was invited to add their fingerprints to a tree for Ellie’s wall, a beautiful idea, and nowhere near completion in the picture below!

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Ellie’s parents and guide parents wrote their own promises and they were all very personal and touching but I was particularly struck by Mum’s promise, which began,

To my Ellie-Belle,
I will never forget the moment you entered our life…..I was in awe that we had created something so beautiful, and I couldn’t stop staring at your wonderful little face for hours.
I knew in the very first moment I met you that I was going to love you unconditionally, and forever. It was a feeling I have carried with me every day since.

*Gulp*

There was a lot of warmth and enthusiasm from Ellie’s guests, everyone delighted to see such a very happy baby. And it’s the first time I’ve done a naming ceremony to the strains of The Theme from the Godfather being played (badly!) by a busker outside. Brilliant!

 

Solomon’s Naming Ceremony

An outdoor Naming Ceremony is brilliant idea, particularly in the glorious Scottish summer on the outskirts of Glasgow. Kat and Jo chose Mugdock Country Park for their son, Solomon’s rainbow-themed naming ceremony. It’s a beautiful place, full of rugged walks and muddy adventure trails but today’s ceremony was in the splendid walled garden looking down to Craigend Pond.

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Not that anyone was looking at the pond when this wee fella was about! Solomon was an absolute star, he smiled all the way through his ceremony and he looked so handsome in his little kilt, complete with mini sporran and nappy kilt pin. Too cute!

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Solomon’s big sister, Clara, was brilliant. Not only did she lead me and her friends in Ring-a-ring-a-roses, complete with her new favourite second verse, she also recited a poem to Solomon, called ‘Life Gave Me a Little Brother’ and had everyone in stitches as she laughed her way through the last verse:

Life gave me a little brother
to teach me about life.
He loves me,
Aggravates me,
and gives me strength and strife.

 Thank goodness for my brother
He is as special as can be
Don’t mess with my little brother
– or you’ll have to mess with me!

Author unknown

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Then, it was a quick trip to Craigend Pond. Jo had painted the kids’ names on two (larger than intended- thanks, Granny Trisha!) pebbles and, after a Celtic blessing and a lot of encouragement from everyone there, the stones were thrown into the pond, narrowly avoiding the gorgeous ducklings that came to join us!

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An outdoor ceremony brings its own challenges but as long as you have some shelter and think ahead a bit, it’ll still be magic. Solomon’s day was fab- the kids were great, everyone was smiling and happy. Who cares about a bit of rain?