Monday, June 20, 2011

danny's birthday

Danny's birthday was last week and to celebrate, we went to a Bats game! We had four tickets, so we invited Lance and Vannah to come with us. We had a really great time, and Sophie was pretty well behaved. I took this picture while Danny was feeding her. She would not take her eyes off of him!

dad's day

With Sophie's baptism on Father's Day this year, I was a bit distracted from the hoop-la surrounding Father's Day. I was happy to celebrate Danny's first Father's Day with him. I gave him a photo book that I made for him and I think he really liked it. Father's Day, like so many other holidays, is just a tough day for me and my family. Yesterday was especially difficult because I reallywish my dad was there to see Sophie get baptized. It seems that having a baby has made the loss of my dad reach a little deeper than it did before. I miss him terribly, every day. And I'm so sad that Sophie will never know her Gramps. He would have loved her so very much and I just know she would have been crazy about him. Sometimes, it still doesn't feel real, even though it's been more than 2 years since he died. I know that it's not something we will ever "get over" and most days now are easier than before, but it still hurts and I still miss him.

This is just one of my favorite pictures of me and dad. I miss you.

Sophie's Baptism

Sophie was baptized on June 19, 2011, Father's Day. It was a really special day for all of us. Our friends and family came to the church, St. Louis Bertrand (where Danny and I were married), to take part in the baptism ceremony. In the church I grew up in, babies weren't baptized. They were "dedicated" to the church. Later in life, when that person was ready to accept Jesus and choose to become a Christian, they would be baptized. Danny and I attended a baptism class prior to Sophie being baptized and I really learned a lot. I've learned a lot about the Catholic church since Danny and I started dating (9 years ago!), but somehow missed out on the beliefs about baptism. This is not a theological blog, but I love learning about religion and different faiths. I loved learning more about the beliefs of the Church in this class and look forward to learning more as we, as a family, try to find a church home of our own.

All that to say, I did not take lightly the decision we made to have Sophie baptized in the Catholic church. We have committed to raising our daughter in the faith and will do our best with that! Thankfully, we have chosen godparents for Sophie that will help guide her as well. We asked Danny's sister and brother in law to be her godparents and they were of course thrilled to take on the challenge!

Sophie did great during the baptism. Just before the service started, she started to get fussy and I was praying that she would not have a major meltdown. Thank God for pacifiers! We gave her the paci and she fell asleep. She slept until the actual baptism. The priest pours water on the babies' heads three times. The first time, she stirred a little and the second a little more. By the third pour, I thought the paci was destined for a dip in the holy water, but thankfully I caught it before it went that far. Following the service, our family came back to our house and enjoyed some good BBQ from the Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot. Danny's parents brought a delicious cake and cookie cake. All in all, a truly great day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rolling, rolling and more rolling!

Sophie rolled over for the first time on Sunday night (June 12), but I didn't see it, so it didn't count. I did see her do it over and over again last night, though. She's so funny now that she has learned her new trick. She is changing and growing so much. Just a few weeks ago, she woke me up by babbling in the bassinet (even scaring me a little). Now, she "talks" all the time! Today, she's getting the rolling thing down and soon enough, she'll be crawling! I'm really trying to cherish every moment that I have with my sweet girl. Being a working mommy is just tough. My house will never be as clean as I want it to be, the dishes will pile up, and that's just going to have to be okay. I know I need to slow down and enjoy these precious moments with my little one. She's growing so fast!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

watch me grow...month 3

at about 2 weeks:

month 1...

month 2...

month 3...

she was not very cooperative this month!