Here's the key though: BY MYSELF.
Mike comes to Mass with me sometimes, but he's by no means a regular attender, and I'm seriously terrified of taking both kids with me. He will take whatever child(ren) I want to leave behind with zero complaint, but if I want them to attend every week, I do have to forge that path on my own.
Henry is really no problem these days, aside from being annoying 50% of the time. You know how that goes. Lots of loud stage whispering and fidgeting. Tons of playing with my hair, which he does deliberately because he knows I hate it. That sort of thing. But at least I don't have to worry about him bursting into a vibrant crying fit and drawing the attention of the entire congregation. At least, not anymore.
But little infants, well, they're unpredictable. And Anne is LOUD. She really has a distinctive little cry. :) And in terms of velocity, there is nothing "little" about it. I haven't been bringing her to Mass because I haven't wanted to deal with the inevitable extractions by myself with Henry also in tow.
But now, Anne is actually quietly alert for much more of the day than she used to be. She still cries a lot, but I do think we're past the peak on that. She cries less now, and can look around at things and occupy herself for short stretches. So, I thought that in a week or two, I'd try bringing both her and Henry. *terrified*
I'm a big girl, I shouldn't be this apprehensive about it. But I just live in fear of people *looking at me*. I'm a classic introvert. I want to blend in always, never draw attention. Sigh.
It'll be ok. And it'll be good for Anne to go. Whenever she reaches a tough stage, I can leave her home with Mike for a few weeks, and then bring her back when things ease. That's what I did with Henry, and he really is a pro at Mass now. Persisting at bringing them is the only way to teach them how to behave at Mass. We'll get there.