This past Saturday marked one year since we found out we were going to be parents… it’s hard to believe how much has changed in twelve short months. This weekend we did something super special: we planted a placenta tree!
Before getting pregnant, I never thought much about placentas. But once I was expecting, I became so grateful for the amazing organ that helped to grow and nourish my sweet babe.
Some people ditch their placentas right away, others choose to incapsulate them, and we decided to plant a special tree for Hazel that will grow as she grows, nourished by the same placenta that nourished her in the womb. The tree we chose is a redwood, started from seed by my grandma.
My parents live on a beautiful piece of property (the place we got married!) and my dad found the perfect spot for the tree. We gathered around on Sunday morning without realizing that it was exactly 16 weeks— almost to the minute— since Hazel Mae was born. I was surprisingly emotional when the time came. I stood there, breastfeeding my nearly 4 month old daughter, in awe of how far we had come since this time last year.
We took a photo of Hazel next to her little tree and plan to take another each year on her birthday, so we can watch them both grow. (We tried to get her to look at the camera, but she wouldn’t stop staring at the tree! hehe)