Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Our 1 year old is very mobile; she's been walking for two months. She does NOT want to stay in my arms during church.
She's so fussy that our priest asked if we feed her before church, making sure we weren't trying to make her fast! (yes, we feed her)
Holy Week wasn't so hard with My Little Builder as a baby. Wait - Maybe that's because when he was 1, I didn't bring him to Holy Week (except of course we did Pascha!). When he was 2 years old, his Papa made him a little silent censer and he would walk up and down the side isle, over and over, sensing. For 2 hours!
But this precious little girl will not stay in one area to walk - she waits until my attention is turned on her brother, then starts sprinting toward the alter! Sometimes she turns around to look at me and laugh, as I try to reach her before she starts climbing the steps.
Then I struggle with her for the rest of the service, trying to force her to stay in my arms.
I've considered asking other parishioners to corale her, but don't want to disrupt their worship by giving them baby-guard-duty. I figured they would already be stopping her if they cared to take up that duty. Maybe they don't think they have permission to swoop her up. I take that for granted, coming from a previous parish in which any number of people would deal a swift thump on the head to any kids getting out of line.
My dear baby's God mother suggested that I try holding her hand and walking with her near the back - which I plan on trying tonight.
So, you other experienced mothers out there: ANY SUGGESTIONS OF WHAT'S WORKED FOR YOU?
Thanks, in advance!