{WHW}: Ella's Baptism weekend

Happy Wednesday, friends! 
With it being a long weekend over here, it meant that it took me extra long to get my act together for the week this week (surprise surprise!), so I'm sharing our weekend in PA for Ella's baptism  today!
The weekend had lots of highlights which included:

~Leaving Friday night and having miss Ella bear sleep the whole ride up through some super annoying traffic, and going back down in a Pack and Play after being super smiley and wiiiiiide awake when we got to MG's parents' house

~Unfortunately for us, several of our family members were involved in a dragon boat race in Philadelphia, so MG, my MIL, mom, Ella and myself had a low key morning to ourselves. We had lunch together and then checked out a pumpkin patch/farm nearby. Ella was engrossed in everything around her, eyes wide open in the Ergo carrier the whole time. We even picked out the perfect Ella-sized pumpkin for her :)

~Saturday evening my SIL and two nieces joined all of us for some cheesesteaks ordered in and some quality catch up time. My BIL dropped by later to say hi....and to love on the dogs haha

~Sunday morning we were up and at 'em for Ella's baptism. Even though it wasn't until 1pm there are still always a million moving parts with a baby, and a family of 14+

~We made it to the church after Ella had two smaller naps for the morning (thank goodness she got in the second one or it would have been ugly) and we ended up being the only family there for the baptism so we got a private ceremony just to ourselves. Ella cooperated all the way up until the verrrrrrry end, thankfully. I'll let the pictures do the talking:
The special part of this baptism gown is that it's been worn by all of Ella's cousins and is embroidered with each of their initials and baptism date. It's been 11 years since it was worn, but still special as ever.
Ella got a little upset at this point because she wanted to eat the monsignor's hand lol
Ella and her godparents
the cousins, minus the oldest
~We made our way back to my in-law's house where we'd had food ordered for the family, and my SIL brought the most adorable cupcake cross cake. It was noisy and busy and just the way I like it with this family--always so much fun!

~Around 6 we got ourselves packed up, got Ella fed and changed into her jammies and his the road home. Luckily traffic was much better than on the way up and we made good time.

~Ella went down again once we got home, but was up around 11:15 with a stuffy nose. We'd found out earlier that day that one of the boys at daycare had croup, so this was likely the result of that. Luckily with some Tylenol and some more milk, she went down for the night and got in some good sleep.

So, now we battle our third cold since August 20th. I'm praying I can avoid getting this one, but I'm resigning myself to the fact that it's likely going to happen between breastfeeding, being sneezed on and spit up on....and not being able to resist kissing that adorable face. Just thankful it happened when we were home and not when we were in PA.

All in all, the weekend was a lot of fun, and definitely filled with love and blessings for our little girl.
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  1. What a sweet and memorable weekend!! Love the last photo of you 3! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. oh look at these photos - she was a trooper for sure! all that love around :) and the dress and the history - priceless!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  3. Oh my heavens what a doll! I can't believe how fast she's growing!

  4. Despite having the beginnings of a cold she looks so HAPPY!!

  5. Such a special weekend with the fam, and loving her christening gown <3
    Green Fashionista

  6. so sweet! I love the idea behind the baptism gown with the initials and dates. genius. love all he pics

  7. So glad that the baptism went well and you had the place all to yourselves!!! Great photos!! XOXO, R

  8. Love the baptism gown, love how it has everyone initials and dates, how very special. She is such a little doll.

  9. Congratulations on the baptism! How special that all of the cousins have passed around the same gown. That is just so sweet.

  10. I love the story on the baptism gown, we have one in my family too, going back two generations! I don't know how my grandma has kept it in shape. Such a sweet tradition. I love all the family photos, so glad she behaved and y'all had a great weekend!

  11. What a great weekend. I love how special the gown is and how her initials are on it with her baptism date. The cupcake cake was very beautiful.

  12. What a beautiful event for a special little girl!!!

  13. What a special weekend and milestone on her baptism! Awesome that you had the ceremony all to yourselves and that cake is precious!

  14. Such a good girl to sleep the whole car ride. Looks like you got some beautiful weather for some pumpkin patch fun. Love Ella's after party dress and cute cardigan!

  15. Sweet girl! Vivi's baptism is this weekend!


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