Well no, I wasn't naked at Mass.
And I think we've figured out a possible way to keep Cecilia occupied...
See, she likes to wear layers at Mass and then shed all her layers. Normally she takes off her hat, her cardigan, sometimes her shoes (sigh...). But apparently today, since her dress had a v-neck in the back and front, she decided that she would try to take off her dress.
This wouldn't have been such a problem if we hadn't been lucky enough to take the babies to Mass, too. See, Andrew had Mary Claire and was keeping John Paul occupied. And I was trying to keep Elizabeth from making her terrifying shrieking noise:
So when Cecilia scooted by me aaaaaalmost into the aisle, I was preoccupied with a very high-maintenance baby who thankfully wasn't being bad enough to need to be taken out, but who needed to be bounced just at the right speed to maintain her semi-calm state.
Then I looked over and saw...
Cecilia, with her dress around her waist, trying to pull it all the way down in the middle of the aisle.
The very nice lady behind me whispered, "Would you like me to hold the baby?" and I rushed Cecilia out, trying very hard not to laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation. It's not really something I felt like I could punish her for, since... Well, I guess I've never told her NOT to take off her dress during Mass. And she's 2. So... She's not wearing that dress to Mass again, and we had a long talk about how we do NOT take off our dress at Mass.
The funny thing was, she then stayed occupied for the rest of Mass because she was putting her shoes back on, putting her sweater back on (and trying to button it, which is an impossible task for her and she just clutched it together with her hands), and putting her hat on. So maybe I just need to add a few more layers to her outfit next week and she'll be happy?
|She just looks so demure and peaceful, not like a tiny little stripper!|
What I wore is above (minus the cardigan, belt, and scarf) - You've seen all these pieces before in various different ways -
I bribed the kids before Mass, telling them that when we got home they would get to watch their Holy Baby DVD if they were good. And apparently THAT is what worked for John Paul. Cecilia took his book and he just let her. No yelling, just a little too much baby kissing, but he mostly did a good job! And the first reading was absolutely perfect for him - he was SO excited that Abraham was subtracting by 5's and 10's!
Cecilia also only had one slightly loud episode when I picked her up from the aisle and put her back in the pew. But she wasn't at all upset about being taken out to put her dress back on, and did the best she's done in quite a while.
The babies were... Well, not loud, they didn't spend the whole mass babbling and blowing raspberries, but at least they were cute enough to be endearing and not loud enough to need to be taken out? Elizabeth spent the first 10 minutes on my back in the Ergo, sucking on my veil and scarf
And on the way out, a woman told us that they're starting a CGS program for Sunday School this year! John Paul will be SO excited!!! So I'm hoping the timing works out with that or that we can find someone to maybe carpool with so that I don't have to try to wrangle all 4 kids by myself (if Andrew's singing) while trying to get John Paul to his class.
Linking up, as always, with FL&P!