Sunday, December 14, 2008

Busy Weekend/Busy Baby

Bella is moving more and more! Not really 'crawling' but scooting around the floor. You can tell she gets a little frustrated by not being able to really go where she wants. The best part? She will almost always turn and scoot towards Mama! :)

She loves to stand, though and prefers it to any thing else. I have a feeling she might just skip the whole crawling deal and just start walking. She loves to pull herself up using your hands and bounce around on her legs.

She is also"talking" alot - Mamamamama and baabbababa are her favorites. It's super cute. Even though I know she doesn't know what 'mama' means, it is fun to pretend like she is really asking for me.

This weekend was super busy. Wee went to the xtended Trafton Xmas party on Sat night - where Bella got her first christmas gift.

On Sunday she was baptized at St Stephens church in Anoka. Jeremy is catholic and I was raised Lutheran. I would not consider myself a religious person, but do like some of the values that the church teaches (and am a little weary of others, but that's a whole other topic) so I always knew I wanted to have my child go to church and have the opportuntiy to learn the Christian faith. I have some really great memories from my own experiences being involved with my church and met some of the best friends I have now becuase of it.

I am learning more and more about the Catholic religion and am lucky that Jeremy is open to my scrutiny of it. Honestly, I didn't have the best experince with the Catholic church when we got married so I was a little hestiant this time around but knew it was important to Jeremy and his family to get Bella baptised Cathloic (JT prety much had to since he agreed to it when we got married). Thankfully, we have found St Stephens to fit what I was looking for in a Catholic church - something more contemporary and welcoming of everyone. They don't care if you aren't really Catholic, they just want everyone to come together to learn and celebrate. I actually enjoy going to the services becuase the sermons tend to actually interest me. The reason why we waited so long to get Bella baptised was becuase we were looking for the right church - we went to several and St Stephens was the only one that I felt comfortable attending as a non-Catholic.

Again, I don't fully back everything that the church preaches, but the overall values of "loving they neighbor" and giving back to the community are strong and that is what is most important. It'll be our job to help Bella understand that faith is there to guide you in your choices, not lead your life entirely - so you have to take what works for you and leave what doesn't.

Ok, enough of that - on to what is really of Bella on her 'big' day.

Baptismal outfit from Nana

A Daddy decorated cake (we didn't get to Target in time to order one!!)

Happy to be the center of attention

With godparents - Aunt Mara and Uncle Justin (JT's sister and brother)


Miss Jess said...

I love her baptism dress. So cute.

Sarah said...

She looks so cute in her little dress!! How did she like her first Christmas?!

You are so dead on with the whole religion thing. We are definitely one in the same with that. I am glad you found a place that makes you comfortable. :)