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Last night during Mass for the Feast of the Assumption, I knew from the beginning things were going to be challenging. I was flying solo, Bebe had a half of a chocolate cupcake an hour before Mass, and Dois's bedtime fell at the exact hour of Mass.
I love Bebe more than anything in the world, but she's "quirky." And one thing she does that can easily get on my nerves (ESPECIALLY at Mass) is that she never.stops.moving. Usually D runs interference. During Mass we sit like this: Bebe--D--me--Dois. I focus on Dois and D tries to keep Bebe still. But with the absence of D, things were going to be more challenging.
At one point I caught her flapping pages of her Magnifikid in the sunlight streaming through a red window across from us. I pulled her close and gave her a shoulder-squeeze hug in order to "bring her back." She started twirling her hair and kicking one foot during the second reading, and I was having a hard time keeping my cool.
Somewhere around the Prayer of the Faithful, Dois was chillin' in his stroller eating raisins and I was attempting to listen--with my eyes closed to keep my focus on prayer and off of Bebe--when she leans over and whispers to me, "Mom, why are your eyes closed?" "Because I'm praying." "Oh, okay, when are you going to open them?" "I don't know. Shh." A few minutes later I opened my eyes, only to see Bebe standing next to me doing a very obvious "I have to pee NOW" dance. "Do you have to go pee?" I asked her. "Yes!" she said with such an urge and relief. "Why didn't you tell me?" "Because you were praying!" And then she dashed off to the restroom as quickly as possible with me standing there thinking, "oops."