Rookie Parents

Category: By Christian
As was mentioned last week in this space, Elli got dedicated this past Sunday. The bad news is that the event did not go as smoothly as planned. The good news is that we learned some lessons that will help us be better parents in the future.

The first lesson we learned was that it would be a good idea to get our next child dedicated before they reach their full squirming abilities. Elli loved grabbing the microphone and putting it in her mouth as we tried to pour out our hearts about how God had called us to adopt this sweet little girl. I'm glad she has a kung-fu grip and an inquisitive mind, but those are not ameniable traits during a dedication.

Second lesson...get the baby some friction. We had purchased some wonderful traditional silk outfits in Vietnam for Elli to wear, and she got to wear one for the first time on Sunday. It was a delicate pink top with white silk pants. She looked amazing in it. However, I don't think she could have been any more slippery. Not even if we had wrapped her torso in saran wrap, dipped the child in bacon grease, and tried to hold onto her while doing cartwheels. It was practically impossible to keep our hands our little cherub.

Third lesson...tether the child. Since we couldn't hold onto Elli very well we decided to let her sit on the stage so that we didn't drop her on her head in front of the entire congregation. Good idea. Except that we forgot to watch her closely and in a flash she managed to crawl/lunge herself off of the stage and do a complete face plant on the stair. Now that is some impressive parenting. The good news is that she didn't even cry, and is no worse for the wear. Nonetheless, there weren't exactly a lot of parents lining up after the service to sign their kids up for play dates with Elli supervised by Yours Truly.

We can only improve from here.

Fair Dinkum

1 comment so far.

  1. Coleman 7:48 PM
    I'm laughing quite hard. I wish I had been there.

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