Ximena's Baptism + First Birthday Party
You guys. My heart is so full it feels like it is going to burst! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the outpouring of love my little family would receive! We decided to baptize Ximena for cultural reasons, more than anything. Ultimately, she is free to choose her religion and identity as she grows up. Neither M nor I are particularly religious. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful ceremony surrounded by over 50 (!!!) of our closest friends and family.
Her Tia Janda taught her the song "Kung Fu Fighting" - everytime someone sings "Every body was kuuung fuuuu fiiiighting..." She finishes with a big "Heeee-yaaaah!" Naturally, every time she saw Janda during the service, she let out a big "Heeee-yaaaah!" We thought she was going to try to karate chop the priest!
She is hilarious and brilliant. And apparently, insanely popular! We shared the mass with 4 or 5 other families, but NOBODY rolled as deep as Ximena. I still can't get over the fact that so many people came to celebrate with her, with us. Just thinking about it makes me teary.
Here she is with her parents, and her new padrinos!
But wait, there's more! We were expecting a big turn-out to her party. We were ready. But never did we imagine over 100 people there to celebrate this little 25lb package! Friends of mine from all the different stages of my life came to celebrate with us: from as far back as middle school, high school, college, and even my prenatal yoga days. Family from near and far came, too. We are so, so lucky.
I wish I could have selfie-d with everyone at the party. Half the time I didn't even know where my phone was! I'm glad I squeezed in a couple here and there. <3
Here's one of her favorite people in the world, her To (short for Abuelito), even climbing roofs for her!
We actually had a bit of a piñata incident - the first one that was made was awful. It was such a disappointment. My stress response is usually angry tears - I was so upset at the amount of money that was paid, and the turn out of that first piñata! But never fear, the Dollar Tree is always near! I went and got a bunch of Elmo head balloons, and had the piñata makers stick them over the original. It turned out amazing. I think I found my new calling in piñata design.
Ximena completely LOST IT when Elmo came out. I'll try to post a video so you all can see. She was SO EXCITED. She kept screaming MO! MO! MO! Shout out to my little brother for getting in that costume! <3
Her Tia Sara got her the most beautiful cake in the world. It was truly a masterpiece, and it was heartbreaking to cut into it. I wish I could have seen her face as a room full of people sang Happy Birthday to her. I know she was surprised, but happy, too. She clapped along with everyone at the end.
Thank you thank you thank you: those of you who came in from out of town, those who took the day off, those who donated to our Disneyland campaign. I will never forget this day, and I will make sure Ximena never does either. We love you all!