Max’s Baptism

Maxwell was baptized this morning at the 9:30am Mass at St John the Evangelist Church! We had a wonderful morning starting with his baptism during mass at our beautiful church and followed up by a small gathering of family back at our house. We began a small-but-big-enough-to-make-a-huge-mess remodeling project in our kitchen only a few weeks ago, which caused us to be working on the house right up until the very last minute – and then there was still cleaning and cooking to do! So there was definitely some stress leading up to this morning, but fortunately that didn’t spill over into today and we had a fantastic day!

Max was such a perfect little guy during mass today. I was a little nervous about how mass would go, considering he’s really only sat through an entire mass once before! I was also nervous about this morning because I scheduled the baptism about two months ago and when I talked to the church secretary then, she mentioned that the day was technically blocked off in their books, but since it looked like practically the only weekend that would work for us, she’d make an exception. I kept imagining we would show up this morning only to be told that they didn’t have us on the schedule! Of course they were ready for us today. The priest brought Max down the aisle during the processional and invited parish members to trace the sign of the cross on his forehead and Max did so great – he smiled at people and was perfectly comfortable letting Father Bob take him! He even tolerated the holy water on his head and really only cried a little after the priest went back for a third pass over his head. We were so proud of our little guy! And since we’re blessed with such a large immediate family, we had quite the crowd at church this morning!

I made Max’s baptism outfit – white stretch corduroy pants and a vest with a bow tie – and I think he looked pretty dapper today.

Back at our house, we had more food than we could fit on my table and counters – and with my younger brothers and nephew in attendance, that was a good thing! We had a great time celebrating with our family today and we are so grateful that we were able to do that! Of course not everyone could be here (and we were really pushing the limits of being able to fit in our small house!), but we know that those who weren’t with us physically today were sending good thoughts our way and were with us in spirit!

Another weekend gone

It’s amazing how fast the weekends fly by, now that I look forward to them more than ever before. Weekends used to just mean two days off in a row. Now they mean forty-eight hours straight that I get to spend with Max! I love our weekend mornings. Max may wake up the same time as he usually does during the week, but instead of rushing through our morning routine of nursing and getting dressed and out the door, we get to laze around. I usually groggily get Max from his crib when he wakes up and bring him back into bed with me to nurse – and we lay in bed and nurse and snuggle off and on for a couple of hours. He’s such a smiley happy guy in the morning and it’s so much fun to be able to lay there for as long as we want making him smile!

This weekend we got to hang out with the Wham and Ashley for a bit on Saturday, and with Nina and Papa, Aunt Becky & Uncle Kevin, and Nora and Juliette today. I’m so glad that Max has cousins nearby! Cousins are usually a little kid’s first friends. Max loves Ashley, who always pays him so much attention and is such a big help. And it was so great seeing him give big smiles right way to Nora and to watch him watch Juliette as she toddled around.

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Max had a pretty big day today overall. He helped me bake from his sling – well he watched and pooped out on me:

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Later on, we took a walk in “our park” and I showed him the blooming trees (he was not all that impressed):

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It was a fun and full weekend! This week will be a very busy one for me as I’m on call for work this week. That means it should go by quickly, at least!