Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Landon's Christening/1st Birthday Celebration

A week ago this past Saturday, our closest friends and family, got together to celebrate Landon's 1st Birthday and (finally) his Christening.  Generally, he would have been baptized months ago, but we were a bit nervous in the beginning with Landon's lack of neck/muscle control.  Why, you might ask? 

You see, my husband is Catholic and I am Greek Orthodox.  I'm sure many of you are familiar with a traditional Catholic baptism.  Short and sweet with baby being held securely in ones arms.  Well, this is not the case with a traditional (what seems to be see Greek's have this thing with doing everything in 3's..............hence, neverending) Greek baptism.  Has anyone out there ever seen "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"..............the "adult" baptism scene?  A must see!  Our lucky little cherubs get stripped down to their birthday suits and dunked into a big basin of not so warm water and lathered in olive oil like a little grease monkey.  Slippery baby + lack of neck control + "elderly" priest = wait until baby turns 1!  Many who witness this are in awe of this beautiful and different ceremony, but I am sure secretly thinking..........thank GOD that's not me!

Now imagine, Landon has had an ear infection for at least one week at this time and woke up sick and vomiting.  You see, we couldn't cancel as we had already booked a reception at a local function hall/golf course and we are expected at the church in a couple of short hours.  Then, my poor little monkey, had to be stripped down to his birthday suit in front of 60+ people who are staring at him and then dunked into luke warm (if not cold by then) water.  And this is expected to be a "joyous"  Although Landon got through this much better than expected, he still was not himself.

We then ventured 10 minutes away to the function hall where we were going to have a lunch reception and a yummy (and absolutely adorable 1st birthday cake)......THANK.YOU.PAT., you are amazing! Landon spent most of the time at the reception sleeping in my arms.  Hey, it is not a party until the guest of honor falls asleep! HA!  I finally woke him up so that we could sing Happy Birthday and he could have a bite of his 1st Birthday cupcake!  First of all, Landon just looked around at everyone singing with big watery eyes..........this coming from the baby boy who loves to smile and clap his hands as you sing to him:(  Then his big brothers helped him blow out his candle.......and then I attempted to give him a lick of frosting.................Landon's thoughts..........I'll pass...........thankyouverymuch, mommy............and he let out a big cry!  Not the 1st Birthday celebration I had in mind!  It's OK, I am over it now! 

The most important thing about that day was that Landon was surrounded by his closest friends and family, all who love him very much!  He is one lucky little boy! We actually got all the kids together to take a picture with Landon (the best gift ever).  For a split second, time stood still, and I just took it all in.  How fortunate and lucky is Landon to be loved and accepted (UNCONDITIONALLY) by so many people.  Children who truly see Landon for who he is, their brother, cousin and friend! ACCEPTANCE.  Yes, this day (sickness and all), was a day of "CELEBRATION".  A day to celebrate all the joy Landon brings to our lives!  Thank you to all our family and friends for making Landon's Christening/1st Birthday such a memorable one!  


  1. I'm Catholic so I know that end, and we have Greek friends, it does seem like everything they do takes a few hours longer. It does look like a beautiful tradition. And your party looks awesome.
    Emmie was sick for her first birthday party too(H1N1), not the party I had in mind either, but I'm over it too. That pic with all the kids is beautiful.

    All in all it looks like it was a day of great memories.

  2. Looks like the day turned out well, even though Landon wasn't feeling himself. The birthday cake was beautiful! can't believe you got all of those kids together for a picture, that is definitely a feat! Glad Landon had all of his family and friends together for him!!!! Again, Happy 1st birthday and congratulations on your baptism :)

  3. Hi - thanks for your nice words. I'm sure you noticed this already, but my husband's name is Landon! It's a great name!

    Your party looked wonderful and I'm glad everything went well. Things are a little harder to navigate that first year because of the slower development and muscle control stuff, but they all get to where they need to go eventually. I like to think that we get to enjoy each baby/toddler stage longer with kids w/ DS. Every mom wishes their babies wouldn't grow up so fast and with Grant I got that wish!

  4. Hi Kelly, thanks for visiting our blog. Your family is beautiful and Landon looks like he was quite the trooper for a long, wet ceremony. When I first saw Landon's pic, he reminded me of a local friend, Joey, over at He just turned one also. Thanks again for finding us and we look forward to following your sweet family.

  5. Hi Kelly!

    I loved loved loved this post for many reasons! First, I just loved your vivid explanation! I have never been to Greek services before, but I have a great picture now of the baptism.

    What a great moment to celebrate Landon's 1st birthday (despite not being exactly what you expected)! I am looking forward to doing the same (although I certainly don't want to rush this time by!).

    What a great final picture to end a great post! Congratulations on happy milestones!

    P.S. Thanks for nominating me! :)

  6. what treasured memories! happy 1st birthday!

  7. Glad to hear his first birthday party went well, even if it wasn't quite what you expected! That cold water dunking didn't look like much fun...