Sunday, July 28, 2013

WIWS - Naked Edition

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!

24 comments :

  1. What a sweet woman behind you! And I love that John Paul was so excited about liturgical subtraction. Did you try Holy Baby in a different language?

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  2. Yay for sweet, helpful people! Having recently mastered the Our Father, Lisbeth was excited to hear the Gospel and I think for the first time in ever listened to part of the homily. Cute skirt!

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  3. You and your kids all look lovely, Rosie! I forget the exact situation, but we had one or two funny/embarrassing incidents of Girl 1 disrobing, too.

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  4. Adorable and hilarious as always! Leo doesnt even like it when I put his diaper on so I can only imagine the clothing fiascos we will have someday

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    1. Ha! Well, boys aren't quite as bad because it takes a looooooong time for them to master buttons - stick with button-down shirts and you shouldn't have any issues :P

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  5. Brian from across the room: "WHAT are you listening to? Are they torturing children in that video?" That is one great shriek, Miss Elizabeth!

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    1. Right??? It sounds like she's DYING!

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  6. How pretty! I always love looking at your skirt combinations--you seem so good at mixing and matching them stylishly.

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  7. No fair about CGS! I wish we had that here. And you wear a veil? You need to include it in the pictures!

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  8. We LOVE CGS!! Adorable pictures - so, so much sweetness!

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  9. Smiling here. (And I think your little stripper looks so much like her mommy! Do your baby pictures look like hers?)

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    1. We don't have a whole lot of pictures of me as a baby, but she definitely takes after me - she gets upset when I tell her old pictures of me are ME and not her!

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  10. Cecilia looks so serious in today's picture that it will be a good one to dig up when she is a captain of industry, murder, and loot. (I'm quoting Peter Pan. I don't think she'll really be a captain of murder.)

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    1. Whoops, sorry—I remembered it as "captain of industry" but it's apparently supposed to be "captain of villainy." Oh, well, it was fun to watch the video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfzl0Y1WbTQ

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  11. My son did CGS last year...it was awesome! Hope it works out for you.

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  12. The closest thing I can find to CGS that might work is Church of the Good Shepherd, but that doesn't sound right. What is it? I assume that it is not Computer Generated Solutions, Celerian Group Company, California Geological Survey, Council of Graduate Schools, or Center for Governmental Studies.

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    1. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd :)

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  13. Ahh the "naked" Mass. I seem to remember a certain young man who loved to take everything off as well. We would dress him in about seven layers and that would get us through Communion. I always loved winter time. Lots of layers then.
    You always look so lovely Miss Rosie. Which is absolutely amazing given the business of your life. I love your sense of style. So classic with a modern twist. Lovely.

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    1. Ha! Yes, I'm looking forward to cooler weather solely for that reason - she already wants to wear a jacket on top of her sweater, maybe I should just let her so that she stays busy...

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  14. Haha! Thankfully Grace hasn't tried stripping down at Mass.... yet.

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  15. haha, I love it! Well, your story made me feel better about our Mass experience on Sunday. The kids were all so wiggly and our "baby" just started walking so she was everywhere and in everything. But fortunately my two year old hasn't figure out how to take dresses off. I guess I should have looked at my glass half full! thanks for sharing. I could picture the whole thing except my brain substituted my own kids in. And I love seeing the way you've used the different pieces in the past too. Good job, Mama!

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