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Today is K’s baptism.

By the end of the day, she will have completed her first Sacrament in the Catholic Church.  She gets to wear the long white dress.  She will smell like Chrism oil by the end of the day.  We will have celebrated the big day with a little reception at a restaurant and will probably have some people come over the house at the end of it all.

By the end of the day, little K will be a part of the Catholic Church.

I’m excited.

I’m hoping she won’t cry too hard when the water gets poured on her head.

Congratulations to little M on fulfilling the first of many Sacraments.  We love you!

Happy Easter!  Christ is risen!

I’ll be enjoying the day with my family and hope to have a great Easter update some time this week!

Have a blessed holiday!

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We went to Mass at 7pm.  Before Mass, we made sure to feed M so that she wouldn’t be too hungry and cranky during the whole Mass. 

Mass went on as it usually does.  It was like any other Mass.

One of M’s favorite part of attending Mass is walking in the communion line to get her blessing.  We’ve taught her to walk up with her little arms crossed, which is the sign that all she wants is a blessing from the Eucharistic Minister.  It really is the cutest thing seeing this little toddler walking excitedly towards the altar with her arms crossed.  Then, she usually looks back and watches as I take my Communion. 

After Communion and a few words of blessing from the priest, they began to distribute the ashes.

We got in line.  Hubby first, then M, then me.

Hubby received his ash first and began to walk ahead.  M got hers, then turned back to watch me.

I guess this is the first year where she is fully aware of things that are happening around her, because once she saw the ash on my forehead, she was in awe. 

I tried to take her hand to let her walk forward in the line, but she was just so mesmerized by the ash on my forehead.  Her face was so precious!  I wish I had a camera to capture the look on her face. 

Hubby whispered to her to get her to walk forward, and she saw the ash on his forehead and stared at that too.

While walking back to our pew, she would just look at both of our ashes. 

It was just the most precious moment. 

I love that I’m setting an example for her and that this is the beginnings of a faith foundation for her.   I hope she continues to find joy and amazement in the traditions of our faith. 

How was your Ash Wednesday?  How did your toddler react to the ash?

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It’s Ash Wednesday.

That took me by surprise.  I only found out about it yesterday.  Needless to say, I’m really unprepared.  I haven’t had the time to think about what I’m going to give up for Lent. 

We’re totally unprepared for no-meat Fridays and no-meat today!  It’s a good thing that I have some meatless frozen lunches for work today! 

No use dwelling over my unpreparedness for this Lenten season.  I might as well dive in.  I usually like to be more reflective during Lent.  Before Lent, I like to think about ways that I can grow in my spirituality during this season.  It’s a great time to reflect.  I have to figure this all out sooner than later, but I know that I can do it.  

I have no idea how this snuck up on me.  I even asked Hubby this weekend, “When’s Easter this year?”

Hubby, who was probably as oblivious about it all as I was, said, “I think it’s coming late this year…”

I guess it would have helped if we went to Mass this past weekend, but with M sick, I didn’t want to risk her getting worse by getting her outside on a rainy Sunday. 

Don’t get me started on finding out about Daylight Savings time either… oh boy was I surprised about it being this weekend!

How did I become so oblivious to the usual matters of the year?!?!

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You know you’re a Catholic mom when you have to constantly stop your toddler from “blessing” themselves with any and every type of liquid they can get their hands on.

For example.. M has “blessed” herself with the following…

-The cat’s drinking water
-Water she’s shaken out of her sippy cup and onto a table or her highchair tray
-Milk
-Juice
-Soup
-The pee that splashes out of her Elmo potty chair.. yes.  This is true.

I love that she knows how to do the Sign of the Cross.  It’s the cutest thing to hear her little voice say “Amen” with the rest of the congregation during the opening blessings at Mass. 

But please.. pee?

Toddlers have so much to learn.  I cherish her innocence and curiosity.. but sometimes.. it’s just kinda gross.

Going to Mass on Sunday with a toddler is always an adventure…

There are weeks where she is absolutely great and we don’t have to stay in the little room made for noisy toddlers. 

Then.. there’s last Sunday.

We are Catholic.  That means that when we go to Mass, there isn’t an area where we can drop off our youngsters for nursery.  Most Churches have a “cry room” which is a small room where families with small children can go so that their noisy toddlers and infants won’t disrupt the main congregation.

For awhile, we had been going straight into the cry room.  But I realized that M acts up a little more when we are in the cry room because she follows the other loud kids. 

So we had been going into the main congregation and she had been relatively better.  It also helped that we had a small magnet doodle board that she would use to write on. 

M had recently learned how to do the Sign of The Cross (proud Catholic mommy moment!) and say “Amen” (another proud Catholic mommy moment!).  She loves to enter the Church, touch the Holy Water, and bless herself.  She says, “Bess.”

This past Sunday, she was all about the “bess.”

We tried to distract her with her doodle board, but it didn’t work.  All she wanted to do was “bess” herself with the Holy Water and she was going to fuss and fight.

So, I took her to the vestibule.

She began to run around, and I was NOT having that.  I took her outside of the main congregation, not for her pleasure, so she was NOT going to run around. 

Well, she wasn’t very happy with me. 

It was a battle of all battles.. mommy versus toddler.. who was going to win!?!

Well, I’d like to think I did.  I picked her up, she fought and cried.  So I took her outside.  She again, wanted to run around, but I didn’t let her. 

I told her that my taking her out of the Church was not a license to play.  If she understood, who knows.. but I don’t want her to think that what we were doing was a good thing.

I was losing patience with her misbehavior, but I had to keep my cool.  If I were to get angry, it would have made her so much more upset, and I didn’t want to cause a scene.  I remained stern without losing my cool and she eventually got quiet enough that we could return to the main congregation.

Sadly, I missed a good portion of the Mass having to deal with M. 

She’s a toddler.  Every week is going to be a different week.  Some weeks are definitely going to be easier than others.

My consolation is that she loves to do the Sign of the Cross, say “Amen” and often reminds us to “pay,” which means “pray” in M-terms.

How do you deal with toddlers and Church?

After the birth of Little M.. the next big thing that needs to be planned is her baptism.

Being Catholic, I believe in infant baptism.  It is her first sacrament and sets the foundation, as I plan on raising my daughter under the Catholic faith.  It’s important to me that she get her baptism done as soon as possible and so we were able to tentatively schedule her baptism for December 3rd.  Coincidentally, on her 3 month birthday.  I totally just realized that!

So now, the planning begins.  The godparents, hubby, and I have to take baptismal prep classes and turn in all the required paperwork that the diocese requires of us.  That’s the easiest part of it all.

I need to buy Little M her little white dress.. that’s probably pretty easy too..

The hardest part is planning the reception.  Do we go with a restaurant, or do we rent out a hall and get it catered?   How many people are we to invite?  How big/small do we want this event to be?

Most importantly, do I have time to make the invitations myself?  Honestly, I would LOVE to do it.. but it’s so hard with a newborn and my constant need to sleep.  She sleeps so well during the day that I tend to catch up with most of my sleep during the day.. and I just can’t function at night.

Planning parties is definitely NOT my thing.  I’d much rather create the papercrafts and goods for such parties..

I need to start getting used to minimal sleep so I can be functional again!


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