And this, my friends, brings us to the fraught and controversial topic of the "push present". A push present, for the uninitiated, is a gift given to a new mama by the father of her child shortly after the birth as a subtle way of saying, "Hey, thanks, babe, for pushing (or otherwise expelling) our child out of your body. That looked kinda rough. Here are some earrings, since the only pain I had to endure was that of you crushing all of the bones in both of my hands during your contractions. You rock."
|In our era of conspicuous consumption, this is a tradition that has spiraled a little out of control, as evidenced by this 10-karat monstrosity famously received by Rachel Zoe after her strangely weight-gain-free pregnancy.|
image via Glamour Mag
The time right after giving birth is a physically and emotionally rigorous one. You're dealing with severe sleep deprivation, your boobs being someone's sole food source, and a litany of pains and discomforts ranging from night sweats to sore nips to things are that are just unmentionable on this weblog. And while some women claim to have never before felt more beautiful than during that time after giving birth, I myself felt somewhat haggard, mush-bellied and intermittently sobby, even while sporting that new mama pride and glow. I can't think of a more perfect time to receive something that says, "you are special, I am proud of you, and here is something beautiful for someone who deserves to be adorned." This trinket needn't be major, or over-the-top expensive, or fancy or otherwise Rachel Zoe-esque; it only needs to be simple, from the heart, and given with gratitude and love. And I think I have the perfect thing...
|St. Kilda Lil' Mama Ring|
|via Simple Lovely, who talks about collecting a stack of meaningful rings here|