Chronicling The Comerfords

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

He Knows My Name

I little "thank you" to our sweet friend, Elizabeth. Elizabeth is an amazing lady and a sweet, sweet friend the Lord brought to our family. She is so funny and encouraging and can always make you smile. She gave our little girl Amelia a great reminder that we pray will stick with her all through life... He Knows My Name.

Even though it is a gift to Amelia, it has been a wonderful reminder to her Mommy as well. Whether it's rocking a crying baby in the middle of the night, having some afternoon crib-time smiling at the mobile, seeing those blue eyes first thing in the morning or walking into the nursery to change a stinky diaper we are reminded that The Lord has a great and awesome plan for our little girl. No matter what is going on, He gave this gift to us. He will guide us through the storms and smile with us during all of the wonderful times.

Some other wonderful nursery decor...

Our friend, Jennifer painted Amelia this to match her bedding. It is a perfect match and looks so great in her room. She is SO talented!

And our little Georgia print "In Training". Proverbs 22:6 instructs us to "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." We are only doing as the Good Book tells us to! :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

No Fair-Weather Fans in this Family...

We set out for Athens at 10am on Saturday. Blue skies were everywhere. We were so excited to be on our way to a beautiful gameday in one of the greatest cities around. We dropped Amelia off at Grandma and Grandpa's, purchased necessities for mimosas and were 78 bound... then the sprinkles started. "It's ok, it's only noon and kick-off is at 7, this will all blow over." It was cloudy in Athens but no rain so we met up with Trey and Jamie to walk downtown and split a pizza at DePalma's. After we were finished the rest of our crew had arrived so we went to set-up the tailgate. We decided to park undercover in the deck in case the weather got bad and it did... about 5:30... and didn't stop. So what did we do??? Suited up in ponchos and walked in a gully-washer across campus to Sanford Stadium. What else would we do?!

Thank you a million times to Trey for buying ponchos ahead of time because believe it or not, we all stayed dry except for the bottoms of our legs. Luckily we were wearing flip flops so we didn't have soppy feat. We walked into the seats with the sound of the trumpet playing and chills of excitement (mixed with cold chills) went all over me. I really think that little pregame trumpet solo is my most favorite part of the whole game.

By half-time the nostalgia had worn off but the boys were staying put. The rain had let up and I was pretty much dry but I was so cold and I swear my feat almost fell off. We played terrible and my husband embarrassed the holy heck out of me by yelling at and about the team THE WHOLE GAME. Seriously, if you have ever watched football with him you get it but this was extreme even for him. By the 3rd quarter we were tied and I did not care who won as long as someone scored and we did not have to sit through overtime. Luckily the Dawgs pulled it out with a field goal with 2 seconds left on the clock.

We walked back to the car and before I could thaw out we were back at my parents in my warm bed. It was all worth it and fun, but is it too much to ask for a pretty day for all football games?

OH, I also had the pleasure of pumping in the car on the drive up and back and at the tailgate (in the car behind tinted windows of course). Now that was a new experience! haha I am officially a Mother... and wouldn't change a thing! :o)

Sweet Family before the rain (my child has the goofiest faces)

Getting ready for game time

We really needed red ponchos

No fair-weather fans here!

1 Month

We have had such a fun month. We have no idea what we are doing a lot of the time, but we are starting to figure it out. Everyone says loving a child is a love you've never felt before and they are right. We can not imagine life with out this sweet little girl. Here are some memories from the 1st month...

~ She is very good sleeper averaging about 6 or more hours a night. The deepest sleep is about 3am to 7am and she is very lazy until about noon. It's very hard for her to wake up in the mornings and she is VERY dramatic about it

~ She fights sleep at night. It takes a good hour starting around 10:30pm to get her to sleep. Her "witching hours" :) are from about 6:30 to 11. She is just fussy and fidgety during those hours and has to be entertained a lot. It's not every night and not the whole time, but we just hold our breath and keep our fingers cross during this time

~ She slept in her carseat in the crib for the first 3 weeks

~ She is the most expressive baby I have ever seen. She has a million of them and always has a funny face. She started smiling more at 4 weeks, but it is on her own time. We can't get her to react to us with a smile all that much yet.

~ She loves to ball up when you hold her but sleeps stretched out with her hands either at her face or above her head

~ She started really trying holding her head up at 3 weeks and she has the strongest little legs. She kicks all the time and if you have her laying on your belly she'll just keep kicking climbing all the way up over your shoulder.

~ Some favorite things to do:
*laying in the crib looking at her mobile
*strolling around the neighborhood and to Daddy's office
*taking baths
*walking around in her sling
*she likes to swing but gets bored with it easily
*being naked! :)

~ Dislikes:
*the bouncy seat
*the bassinet
*putting on clothes. This is a big fight!
That's really about it. She is generally a very happy baby and is easy to please.

Well, at least I got this posted before she is 2 months old. Her Daddy and I got together and compared all these notes and I finally got them on here. Since she is now 6 weeks old as I'm typing this, I can already tell how much she is changing. It is so exciting and so sad. It all is happening so fast!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Amelia Wins the Battle

Tuesday, September 22nd 2009, Amelia Claire Comerford defeats the parents!

On Monday Amelia turned one month old... I need to post those pictures... maybe by the end of the week. Yesterday we had a birthday celebration by going shopping and having dinner with friends. My little girl is so, so good and has given us a wonderful month. We got 3 cute new headbands for her bows from our friend Kami's spa (If you are nearby check out Farasha. She has the cutest children's clothes and accessories, one of a kind cuteness at that!) After shopping we came home and got beans, rolls and salad ready to take to our friends Katy and Molly. The men-folk at our houses had Gridiron so Katy and I joined together to make dinner for us girls. Molly and Amelia are a week and a half apart and they are going to be the best of friends, they cry in such sweet harmony! haha The little girls let us have a great dinner then we went for a stroll which was another success. Somewhere around 8 or 8:30 the little girls started breaking down so Amelia and I decided to come on home.

This is where the drama begins!

My child fussed and did not stop. I have called screaming "fussing" in the past, but this was really just fussing. Not hungry, no gas, clean diaper, just fighting sleep and fussing. She'd be wide-eyed and smiling then start to fall asleep and then get SO mad about it and wake herself up. Daddy came in the door at 10 and took over. I look another shift at 11:00, Daddy took her back about 11:45, my turn at 12:30. At 1am I hurt all over, even my toenails and hair hurt, I was so tired. At 1:07 (isn't it funny how you can remember exact times in the middle of the night? Can you do that? I can, it's so weird) we decided to get in the car and go for a drive, it was the only option we hadn't tried. Sweet Daddy offered to go with us, but I left him at home to try and rest before he had to go to work. I was really nervous to drive because I was so sleepy and delirious and so mad and upset at the situation, but it was my only hope. I kissed my fussy little girl and prayed for safety and off we went. We drove all over the streets of our little town and finally she gave it up. I walked through the door and there sat my husband waiting up for his girls. We acknowledged she was asleep, exchanged a look of utter exhaustion and I was off to bed. I laid down on my pillow and cried myself to sleep. I cried because I was tired, I cried because my body hurt and I cried because I felt so guilty for being so mad at this sweet little girl who just wanted to stay up.

I was informed this morning by an incredible friend and Mommy that I did a good job. And that apparently this Mommy guilt, while it is a good thing because it shows you care, will never go away. I am sure there will be many sleepless nights and many tears on that pillow, but it's okay. I wouldn't trade it for anything. The alarm went off this morning at 7:00 and I looked at my husband and said "well, we made it". We had a sleepy smile and started a new day. He made fruit smoothies and I made coffee and it's Wednesday and Tuesday has passed. There is no way I could have done it by myself. Amelia completely kicked our butts but the Comerford team played a good game and gave it our best shot. How can a little over 9 pounds take out 2 grown adults?!

Our house is exhausted this morning. Unfortunately, Daddy had to go to work.

8:46 am and the house is quiet. I have bathed and got myself together. Now I am refueling with my coffee cup

This is how Amelia came in from her car-ride. I would not risk waking her so she is still this way. She is still asleep and I will let her stay that way as long as she feels necessary. I just walk in and make sure she's still breathing. She is, I suppose she is just worn-out from the battle.

Even the kitties are still sleeping.

They stayed outside last night to avoid the madness.
Update: At 9:36am the lovebug woke up. She has a clean diaper, is eating breakfast and says "Good morning! Happy Hump-day!" Those beautiful blue eyes make it all worth it.
Just a little dose of honesty from a loving Mommy.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

4 Years Ago

4 years ago today I met this man. We had drinks then pizza and a lot of laughs in between. He was so irresistible I married him! :)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Ready to Have Her Back!

What a great weekend! Friday night we went to the club for a grown-up dinner of steak and pasta and wine and gin & tonics and great, great friends! I forgot how enjoyable it is to eat without a baby on your shoulder. Saturday I had to get up and price for our Junior Service League Attic Sale, but I even enjoyed the nastiness of all that because I was with the girls. It rained ALL DAY LONG and my plan was to come home and nap with my husband. Instead of napping I cleaned my whole house. I mean, cleaned. I even cleaned the washer and dryer (the lint and soap build-up drives me nuts!). I did find some snuggle time on the couch and have hot sandwiches watching football with the Hubby in the mix of the madness. Saturday night we went to The Pub with more friends to watch Georgia beat Arkansas. I had great intentions to enjoy adult beverages since it is an all adult weekend, but one malibu and pineapple was all I wanted. Funny, when the munchkin wasn't here I didn't have the need to drink. ;) We did have a great time though and I came home to a clean house and clean sheets and crashed. The Hubby on the other hand enjoyed his adult beverages about as I enjoyed my sleep so we are having a little different morning. We were going to Sunday School and church but opted for a little more downtime and are having coffee and biscuits.

We leave in one hour and fifteen minutes to go pick up our little girl. While I had a WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL weekend I am so excited to get my hands on her I can't hardly stand it. I think every mother should take these breaks. I am convinced that your sanity and marriage needs it (at least mine does and I'm okay with that). Plus, it's always nice to miss someone you love every now and then.

I am so thankful for my parents. I know it is a gift for them to have this time with their Grand-daughter but oh, what a gift to us. They are amazing people for a million different reasons. Amelia is so blessed to have such a wonderful family surrounding her.

I'm going to refill the coffee cup and curl up on the couch for about 30 mins.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, September 18, 2009

4 Week Slumber Party

My little girl turned 4 weeks old today and my Mom just left with her. Grandma has been very excited to have a spend the night party with Amelia. The original plan was for her to come pick up Amelia Saturday morning then somehow she changed it to Friday night. After a morning with a sweet girl full of fussy gas, I agreed.

I am going to be an honest Mommy and tell you that the only thing I feel guilty about is that I do not feel guilty about letting her go. They were probably not at the end of the street when I opened a beer. I danced all the way down the hallway to the shower and didn't have to rush to bathe. It's the simple pleasures in life, right?! While I love my little girl with every single particle of my being, I know she is in good hands. Also, in case you can't tell I am completely in love with my husband and am SO excited to have a weekend of us.

I'm sure I will have miss her a ton this weekend and I will be antsy as can be to get my lips on her sweet little face Sunday morning, but right now I'm relaxing.

4 Weeks Old - Headed to Grandma and Grandpa's for the weekend

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Somewhere between Week 2 and 3

We were fooled! I heard from so many people "If you can just make it through the first two weeks, you will be good." So, the first to weeks we were AMAZING parents. We read Babywise and What to Expect and this and that from other books, but who needs it because we have the best baby ever and we are terrific parents.... then she woke up!

Amelia turned 2 weeks old on a Friday, fussed all night Saturday, and slept in on Sunday to recoup. We left Sunday afternoon to go to my parents for a few days and she was great. Not only was Amelia great, but my Mom was a lifesaver. I think I held my baby girl a total of 30 mins from Sunday to Wednesday afternoon. She slept with my parents and Mom would bring her in to nurse then whisk her away again. I did miss her even though I was looking at her most all day from across the living room. But I did not miss her enough to take her from her Grandma. In fact, it was a little nice to give my loving arms a rest and just stare at her from across the room. I got so much sleep and finished reading my book for book club.

By the way, please take the time to read Same Kind of Different As Me. You will not regret it! Seriously, go pick it up.

Anyway, we had the best time and I was dreading leaving all day Wednesday. I missed my husband and missed being at home but I was not ready to leave Grandma. Amelia had a breakdown on Tuesday night ~aka gas~ and Grandma just handled it. She knows SO many things that I just do not have a clue about. I fought back tears all the way home and when I told my Hubby my dilemma he put on his Daddy face and said "You have me here, it's okay." I looked at him completely serious with a quivering lip and said, "But we have no idea what we are doing!"

I walked out the door to go to bookclub (which was my saving grace for the day) and was comforted by a group of awesome women, some who are Mommies and some who are not. When I gave the run-down of my last two weeks emphasizing on the rough recent days every single one of the Mommies said "Oh yeah, almost 3 weeks, she woke up." She woke up? What does that mean? I have since learned that you get about 2 weeks off to regroup and recuperate before the little ones realize they are here to stay and start testing their lungs, sleep and your patience because they know you can't take them back. :)

We still have a wonderful baby who all in all is really not that fussy. We have some bad days here and there, but honestly there are days and nights where I'd sit around and cry until I couldn't breathe if I thought I could get away with it. With the help of a husband I thought I couldn't love any more that I already did (until I saw him as the sweetest Daddy on earth), a Mother who gets to return the favor her Mother gave to her and help me raise my sweet girl, a Mother-in-Law who surprises me by showing up on Thursday morning so I can have a day to take care of myself and get my closet back to normal and a handful of incredible women as a support system, advice line and constant source of encouragement, I think I'm going to be a good Mommy. At least I'm going to give it my very best. It does help that even on the rough days, I still have the cutest little lovebug I've ever seen in my whole life!

3 Weeks Old - We get this look a lot. haha She's a little lazy and likes to peek at us. It's awfully cute. Maybe she can be a pirate for Halloween.

"The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or somethin in between, this earth ain't no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless-just workin our way toward home." Same Kind Of Different As Me.

Dawgs Win!

Georgia beat South Carolina and Amelia slept through just about the whole game (with the few exceptions of waking up for a few "tailgate snacks")
Next season we may have to invest in some earmuffs. If you have ever watched a Georgia game with her Daddy you understand. She couldn't figure out all the fussing when we won. He is confusing the child...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Georgia Prayers Needed

We are about to take the sweet little girl to watch her first Georgia game at a friend's house. She's been fussy all day and still is. What are we thinking?! Pray she falls asleep in the car and stays that way until at least half time....
Oh, and pray for a Dawgs win too! We will probably need all the help we can get for Daddy to stay sane tonight... :o)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Go Dawgs

Georgia lost the season opener in Oklahoma, but we had the cutest fan at our house.

2 Weeks

Week 2 was just as good as week 1. Lots of sleep for Mommy, Daddy and Amelia. We heard we were in a honeymooning phase and to take advantage of it so we did. We took Amelia to her first Granger game, we went to Target and went to church

Amelia celebrated her 2 week birthday by sleeping through the entire Granger game.. we won

Go Grangers!

Off to Target

First Sunday at church. We were there to receive our rosebud in person.

1 Week

Oh, how I miss blogging. I promise I'll be back with more frequency. I have a lot to journal, but where does the time go? Today the sweet little girl slept all day, but I cleaned the house. Her sweet, sweet Daddy is loving on her at the moment so I'm going to try and play a quick game of catch up....

Amelia - 1 Week Old

Our first week was quite boring. We came home on Sunday, August 23rd. That was a chaotic day and night so we won't go into detail. It was Grand Central Station in the Comerford house. We were all 3 tired and overwhelmed. After Sunday it was smooth sailing. In fact, I was ready to go back to work because I was bored silly. Instead I just sat around and stared at this sweet, precious face. Ben had the week off so it was just us 3 and it was very relaxing.