Before telling you a bit about today, Radar's Baptism day, let me preface everything with this...
Yes, I am lactating, I wore a dark green shirt and I forgot to stuff some breast pads into my bra. That is why in most of the pictures you'll see later in the post, I have Radar's receiving blanket draped over me to cover my squishy, leaking boobs. That's embarrassing, so I wanted to get that out there so we could just move past it!
Then there's this...
Lali brought Radar a bunch of new outfits and she insisted that Radar try them all and that we take pictures. I have no objection, but after the second change of clothes (the Banana Bandit), Radar did have some objections and the modeling session was called to a premature conclusion. The next outfit our friend was to put on was his white tux and shades for the big event... the Paparazzi went nuts as soon as we got into the car!
Then of course there was mass and the Baptism itself... but before I move onto those pictures, I wanted to address a question that more than one person has posed. Those who know me at all know that I'm hardly a devout Catholic... so why baptize Radar? I categorically do not believe that a child who is not baptized will go to hell and that is principally because I categorically do not believe there is a hell. I also have big issues with the Catholic Church specifically and organized religions in general. But I won't go into that here. Instead I'll just answer the "then why do it?" question.
First, I like tradition and I like reasons to celebrate Radar.
Second, I think life can be a little easier if you have a religious identity. Radar is officially Catholic now, just like I have always been officially Catholic. I went to an all girls Catholic school where I got a very good eduction and having that religious identity (even though I was a pretty bad Catholic way back in primary school already), I think made things easier for me.
Third, even though I'm not a huge fan of the "big" religion, I am a very big fan of what a church can do on an individual or community level. On the community level, churches feed the poor, care for the sick and provide company for the lonely.
Fourth and last for now is that I want Radar to have something that has been so wonderful in my life - I want Radar to have godparents who love him like family. I am so lucky to have godparents who, because they are my godparents, are my family. My godparents were Cuban friends of my parents when we lived in Boston (where I was born). They were good friends and maybe we would have kept in touch, but maybe not. We moved away from Boston when I was very young and yet because they were my godparents, I have always known them as my family. I want Radar to have that and I think that I picked two people that will give him that.
So that's my short explanation... now here are some photos from our wonderful day. Radar spent more than three hours in church today (2 for mass and 1 for the Baptism) and he never cried! He was a trooper and in my strong opinion, the best looking of the 10 or so babies that were Baptized today. I've also included just a couple from the after party which, despite her comment in yesterday's post, was all the poorer for not having had the flavorful and fun presence of my Tia Sara!!!
And finally, I just want to thank Radar's new godparents... my best friend Gail and my dear amigo Claudio! Thank you a million times over for flying here for today and for loving my precious son. I love you both!!!
Lots of love,
Titi and Radar
PS - For the Channel Swimmer... I will address your very important gifts in a separate post. They are far too important to just mix in with this post!