Tuesday, July 15, 2014
On the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua our little Anthony was baptized. The morning of the baptism Anthony and I went to Mass where his Godfather pointed him out to everyone present and announced that today was the most important day of his entire life. After Mass he had lots of well wishers come up to him. The fact that he was being baptized on the feast day of his patron saint has earned him the nick name "Saint Anthony" from several of the daily Mass goers.
The baptism that afternoon was beautiful. Anthony was baptized by our friend Deacon Al, who also baptized Katie. He was happy to do a private baptism for us yet again. Just like all of our other children, Anthony didn't make a single peep during the Baptism rite. In fact, he slept through the whole thing just like Madeline and Katie did.
I think it's safe to say that both of Anthony's Godparents are quite taken with him. It is my hope that they will both be an amazing example to him as he grows.
I'm not sure if I mentioned in my lack of blogging that Katie has had her moments where she isn't necessarily thrilled to be a big sister at times. For the most part, she's very happy with her little brother, but in those moments where he seems to be the center of attention she makes her displeasure known. As soon as she realized that this was a big deal centered around Anthony she had a bit of a meltdown. It didn't help that she hadn't had a good nap beforehand, nor did it help that I forgot to bring a sippy cup or pacifier for her to the Baptism. She cried, she sobbed, she threw herself dramatically at the foot of the paschal candle and laid there like her life was over. I was not amused by her behavior and neither was Bryan but apparently others found the display amusing.
After the party we had following the Baptism, I realized that we never got a family picture at the church. Part of that had to do with the giant downpour just as we were leaving the church which prevented us from taking pictures outside like we had planned, and part of it was due to the fact that Katie wasn't exactly at her best.
Afterwards we had a party back at the house. Anthony, who sleeps almost all of the time, did wake up for some of his party. I like how he looked pretty excited when it was time for the cake.
I spent the evening after his baptism and the days that followed breathing in that awesome just baptized chrism scent that he had. There's just nothing better than holding a freshly baptized baby.
God bless you Anthony William Joseph!