Nicholas James: A Baptism in Photos

Baptism Post

We baptized Nicholas on Saturday, April 16 at 12:00 PM. It was a “private” baptism, in that we didn’t do it as part of the Sunday Mass (which is the norm at our parish). But, this time worked best for everyone, so that’s what we did.

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Slightly awkward moment, when the Father asked “what do you ask of God’s church?”. The answer is “Baptism”, but….. we can never seem to remember that one word.

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{Reading of the Word}

Reading of the Word

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{Scenes from the Homily.. hover over each photo to see caption}

{Anointing with Oil}
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{Blessing over Baptismal Water}
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{Baptism}

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This is the point in the ceremony where I tend to realize just how HUGE of thing we’ve just done.

Especially the part about promising to raise the child in the faith. I think I felt something similar with the first baby we had baptized, but now that we have older kids and I’ve spent some time trying to teach them… everything… I realize just how hard of a task it is that we promise to do.

And I won’t lie, I definitely felt a bit overwhelmed when we spoke those words this time. But as Father so comfortingly pointed out, we’re not alone in this. We have the Godparents and the Church to walk with us.  I remember thinking “thank goodness we have Godparents who have been Catholic longer than we have and have grown kids already and know what they’re doing”.

{Anointing with Chrism of Salvation}
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Probably my favorite picture of the day.

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{Light of Christ}

{Blessing the Mother}
Baptism Post-25There was also a blessing of the Father (and the of all gathered), but no photos of that.

{Comedic Break}
This little guy just barely made it through

{After Photos}

Siblings {March} AND a special {blog} introduction

 

I made a big effort to get more than one last minute shot of all the kiddos together this past month because I knew it would be their last as a group of four.

While I certainly knew it was a possibility that we wouldn’t make it to the 15th without ADDING to the group, I didn’t count on it because I tend to make it almost all the way to my due date.

But…..

This little guy, Nicholas James, decided to join us this past Sunday, the 13th, eleven days early:

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He weighed in at 7 lbs, 5 oz. (our smallest baby) and 21 inches. {I’ll attempt a birth story sometime soonish for those interested}

We’re home now and I guess things are going well (it’s only been about eight hours, so check back in a few days or so).

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FIRST photo as a group of five!!!!!

Most of the kids are totally in LOVE with him, Zachary…… well….. he’s not sure of all this, and much of the afternoon was spent trying to keep him from, amongst other things hitting/pushing/poking Nicholas, etc…

It seemed a little strange to look at the first four photos in this post and feel like already someone was missing. How already I can’t imagine this little guy not being here. I feel so, so blessed that we’ve been allowed to have this little one.

Can’t promise I’ll make it to the blog much in the next few weeks, but if you’d like to follow our day-to-day do be sure to check out my Instagram feed, where I tend to do excessive baby postings in the days following a new baby.

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{This post is part of an ongoing project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. Intro’s here}

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