We attended Mass on Christmas Eve together, as we always do, but things were a little different this year. For the first time, all three of our children sang in the children’s choir, so Jim and I were kid-less for the first time ever during church! The children sitting around us made up for it though. Our neighbors were two rows in front of us with their 1 1/2 year old (who Catherine babysits) and he was quite vocal at times, reminding me of the days when Jim or I would need to go outside with a fussing, bored toddler.
There was a brand new baby playing the part of Baby Jesus during the Christmas pageant. He lay in a car seat on the altar, sleeping happily, unaware of the production going on around him.
Another friend and her husband sat in front of us with their three year old, who was amazingly patient, but also VERY busy during Mass. At one point she climbed on and off her father’s back, and told him, “Daddy! I’m on your back!” She’s a doll though, and even let me hold her a few times while I attempted to entertain her quietly. The baby on the altar made a great case FOR having another baby, but my three year old friend reminded me that even quiet babies grow up!