First a little disclaimer, if you’re not a mama or a churchgoer this one might be worth missing for you. It’s simply a blog vent and little glimpse into our life as a family of three, ready set go…
Recently, I saw a post on Instagram about the ability to go to church with a little one in tow. It reminded me that I’m not the only mama struggling with this one, so why not share a little more here. A little back-story about us, ever since Hudson cleared the age to go out in public we’ve been attending church every week we could. He is such a good baby and slept through the entire service without even a peep. As he got older and didn’t want to stay in his car seat, he’d worship with us and, without fail, fall asleep on my chest allowing us to stay though the entire service. Well lately, we’ve reached the 7-month mark and about the time he started refusing to sleep at all during service.
We gave a couple different attempts to make it through. First, we kept him awake and attempted to get him to take his morning nap during church. That was a bust… Next! Then we tried letting him nap up until service and then taking him, in hopes he’d be quiet and we could occupy him throughout the hour and a half. Fail. And I know what you’re probably thinking; most churches have children’s ministries with volunteers who will watch your babes during church. This is the real struggle for me! Hudson isn’t in day care. As of now, he’s only been around family members or us. I know everyone’s picturing that dang commercial where the first time mom who’s super protective quickly changes by handing off baby number two to a grease-covered mechanic. I know, I know that’ll probably be me one of these days… just give me a little sympathy. Ok? Ok.
So getting back now, we want to be as present as possible in church on Sundays. It just looks a little different for us now, in this phase of life. What has currently been working for us is to go to church and, in the very least, get our worship on. After all, it is my favorite part about attending church. Even though I’m no fancyshmanc singer myself, there’s nothing quite like singing your heart out in the presence of the Lord. Am I right or am I right?! So, as long as we get through that I’m good. If he’s awake and just being too dang loud…he is a talker..into the lobby we go. If he’s ready for a nap, home we go. He loves music though, so we make it through that in the very least!
This is us. This is where we’re at. Doesn’t get more real than that. Rant over, you can all go on about your day now! As for me, Hudson will be up soon so a little “me time” will be had then back to mamahood I go!
because Palm Sunday and She Reads Truth is incredible.
ps – How do you mamas make it through service with your littles? Any tips & tricks would be much appreciated.