Chronicling The Comerfords

Friday, November 27, 2009

3 Months

Amelia spent her 3 month birthday with Grandma and Grandpa. My Mom's company has a family Christmas party every year and Mom wanted to take Amelia to show off. Did I mention I have never been invited to this party?! I mean I suppose I am here just to birth Grandbabies. ha! Just kidding :)

We celebrated our 3 month break with peaceful dinners, sleep and house cleaning. I always think that when Amelia is with her Grandparents I will stay out late with friends and enjoy the "good life". Is it bad that the "good life" is watching a movie on the couch with my husband and falling asleep at 9:00?

It's weird to say that not much has changed in the past month because it definitely has. But in some respects it hasn't. Most things are the same, just getting better. Here's the rundown:

* Amelia is 14 lbs and a little over 24 inches

* She has sounded stopped up since birth and it flares up from time to time. Her doctor said a lot of babies who do not spit-up (Amelia never does), have congestion from an internal reflux (something like that anyway). At 3 months was the 2nd flare up. It's not bad enough to treat with anything except saline drops and the nose plunger.

* She still loves baths and strolling.

* The evening fussy times are decreasing dramatically

* She goes to sleep pretty easy and sleeps from about 8:30 to 6:00 with no wake-ups in between

* She loves her mobile and floor activity mat and has started reaching for the toys above her.

* She notices things further away like the tv and the ceiling fans. Even if the fans aren't moving, they keep her attention.

*I carry her facing outward in her Baby Bjorn. She loves to look around at people and things. She is a big hit at Publix!

*She is learning facial expressions (raising eyebrows for excitement, poking the lower lip out, smiling, etc) but she can't always remember which one to use when. Sometimes she'll throw them all out one after the other and it's pretty funny.

* She smiles all the time (except for the cameras) and it absolutely melts your heart.

Amelia & Grandma at the Christmas party on her 3 month birthday

Skipping Church To Enjoy The Creation

We have had some really beautiful days this fall and two Sundays ago was one of them. I decided our family should skip church to get out and enjoy the creation of our Creator. It's not often we choose to skip church, but I just needed a break from our town, our house and all that is part of the normal routine.

We got up and had breakfast then got dressed and were off. We are blessed to live about 30 mins away from a fantastic state park. We stopped on the way for lunch then started our drive. Other than a few stops here and there at overlooks, we just drove. It's amazing how you can only be an hour away from home and feel miles away. We had sunglasses on, the sunroof open and the scenery was amazing. Amelia loves to ride so she just hung out in her seat. We rode for almost 3 hours before she started getting squirmy. Luckily at this point we were almost back in town. We sat in the car while I fed Amelia her afternoon snack then we unloaded the stroller to complete our day with ice cream. We have a wonderful local ice cream shop that serves Blue Bell Ice Cream (Is there really any other kind?!). We enjoyed chatting with the shop owners for a little while then we took off strolling around the square while we finished our ice creams.

I always miss our church family when we are not there but this Sunday, we needed a different kind of worship.

Amelia watched some church tv while we got dressed.

One of the overlooks. Poor baby needs some shades.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Our Marriage Bed

When we found out we were pregnant we both vowed not to let our baby sleep in our bed. I know it works for some of you. I swear I slept with my Mom until I was in middle school and I still get up on Saturday mornings when I'm there and go get in the bed with her. But, our little girl was going to sleep in her own bed and she does... through the night on top of that!

Unfortunately... we are not that disciplined with our kitties. We are just lucky they let us sleep with them...

I think it's hilarious that Patty is laying in Ben's spot. You snooze (um, or don't snooze), you lose sucker! haha
Does your husband ever take pictures of you sleeping? This has only started since Amelia came around. She is cute when she sleeps, me... not so much. Maybe I am just sleeping more, so he has more chances, maybe?!
OH! And The Help, see it there on the bed, it is still fantastic. I am almost done and will finish before book club. We meet this Wednesday. I can't wait to hear what the other girls think of it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Sometimes it just seems like your world is caving in. It can be your fault for over-committing or just a bad day or really nothing at all, just crazy emotions over little-bitty things. Whatever it is, down right sucks when you are in the midst of it.

Sometimes all it takes to fix it is to sit in the bathtub with aromatherapy salts that says "Brighten your mood" (yeah, good try) and a beer... almost there

Sometimes you just need to pick up the phone while in your aromatherapy bath with a beer and call your person. That person we all have. If you are lucky you have more than 1 person from different seasons of life, but you usually don't have many because these are people you are completely honest with because they do not judge you. They can set you straight without hurting your feelings, love on you without awkwardness and laugh at you without making you feel like an idiot.

Thanks Heather. From boys to babies and all that's been in between and yet to come.

Conquering the world since Spring of 1997!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Dollar Aisle

Do you ever shop the Dollar Aisles at Target? You definitely should! The Comerford budget loves and requires bargains but regardless, there are some cute things on the dollar aisles. My kitty dishes are from the dollar aisle as are some of my plastic cups and fun socks and maybe some of your birthday gifts! HA! Just kidding.. maybe... well, probably at least a card.

Anyway, these are my finds from this weekend... Amelia is going to be adorable in these fun tights and socks! I had to call Mom before I made this purchase because she is a fellow dollar aisle shopper and Amelia is always getting fun treats from there. I was mighty proud I beat her to the punch this week!

These are not a Dollar Aisle purchase but they were so cute, we had to have them.

Recycling Rambles

Do you recycle? I feel like it has become the trendy thing to do. I know it saves the earth and all, but it's like you aren't cool if you don't recycle. Personally, I really don't but I'll find myself acting like I do to fit in. For example.. while drinking beer at a friend's house I say something like "Do you recycle bottles?" instead of "Where is your trash can?" only because people ask that at my house.

90% of everything new that enters our house these days requires some sort of battery. The other weekend Mom and I were changing out batteries in Amelia's gadgets and instead of throwing the old ones away she asked if I recycled my batteries. I had no idea you could do such a thing. I suppose it makes sense, but I don't know where to do it. I know where to take papers and plastics, but there is not a battery bin there.

It's not that I don't want to save the earth. I like the earth and would like it to say around as long as possible. I just have so much in the day, I don't feel like working in another step. There are some things we do:

Stroll... we live right smack in the middle of town (which I love more and more each day. It is worth the city bills, taxes, etc to be able to stroll to Walgreens, friends houses, restaurants, Daddy and Mommy's work and the ice cream shop) So we stroll so we don't pollute the environment

Recycle Publix Bags... I use those cute fabric Publix bags. I have 3 of them. When my groceries exceed I do get the plastic ones but I do 1 or 2 things with them. Either use them to line my diaper pail or bathroom trash cans or I take them back to Publix and put them in the recycling bin.

When we took the paper I did take it to the newspaper bins, but now we read it online when something interesting happens.

My husband raises organic grass fed cows. We are saving food and the land from chemicals (does that count?)

Umm... I think that's about it. Am I a terrible person? I think there are so many people on the bandwagon right now that it will be okay if I wait a little while to start the initiative. Don't get me wrong, I think it is all fantastic and I would love for all of you to recycle, I just don't yet. Maybe that will be a 2010 goal of mine. There are really only 2 things I will not do...

I will not stop taking baths to save water. I love my evening baths and I think would rather give up my bed and sleep on the floor than give up my baths.

I will not buy recycled Publix paper towels. The Hubs bought those the other day and they are TERRIBLE! I love most all Publix brand products but ugh, they remind me of those brown paper towels that were in my elementary school bathroom... Nonabsorbent sandpaper. I will stick with my Bounty select-a-size with the seasonal patterns thank you very much.

So, all of you that think I am depleting your earth, challenge me... with something easy... maybe I'll give it a whirl...

In the meantime, we'll just keep on a strollin'

On the way to church 11/8/09

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Shots Stink!

Today Amelia had her 2 month check-up and 3 shots. Boo! Our appointment with Dr. Karyn was great because she is always so sweet and fun. Amelia weighs 13 lbs and is 24.5 inches. It is amazing how fast they grow. She is in the 90% for height and weight and is basically a 4 month old that is 2 months old. It must be all those good groceries I provide! Maybe the Big Macs?! :)

After the check-up the fun was over and they sent us to the door marked immunizations. Now, I am fully aware that most children can not read that word but they sure as heck remember what is behind that special door each time they come for a visit. I mean, they start screaming in the chairs outside it because they know what they are doing there and what is about to happen. I'm not a doctor, but this does not seem like a very smart idea.

The nurse was really sweet but she broke my little girl's heart. It was almost a delayed reaction but she had a look of shock, then she poked that lip out and looked at her Daddy saying "How could you let this happen?!", then she wailed. And the nurse still had 2 more to go.

We made it out alive and well. Honestly, after seeing that poster of what children who don't get immunized and get the diseases look like, I was more than happy to put her through the fleeting pain. Some of that is down right gross!

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Happy Homeade Birthday

We had a weekend long birthday celebration this weekend. I had so much fun you would have thought it was my birthday! Who are we kidding here?? Everyone knows MY birthday lasts for the entire month! Anyway, after spending 32 years on the earth and the GA/FL game attempting to ruin most of them you deserve a little something special. Luckily, it doesn't take a lot of money to make someone feel special. Just a little time and a lot of love (which is fantastic because we have WAY more time and love than money!)

Friday night my parents came to visit. We had told the birthday boy we'd just eat something at the house, but what he didn't know was his Mother-in-law was giving him a card with cash and a note that they were babysitting for us. He was so excited! We loaded up and met some friends of ours for dinner at our favorite steakhouse and had a fun time telling old stories for the umpteenth time. The kicker was after we sang happy birthday a random lady in the restaurant came by and said "You don't even look 40!" HAHAHA! Notice I said he's 32.. we hadn't even mentioned anything about an age. We all thought it was the funniest thing ever (the birthday boy wasn't as impressed).

Saturday it rained all day long. We made breakfast with my parents and spent the morning being lazy with them. They left about lunchtime and I went off to the kitchen to make a coconut birthday cake. I am not a huge fan, but my husband loves them and it was his birthday. I do have to say, it was pretty tasty.

Sunday The Comerford's bought us tickets to a play our local college was putting on, kept our daughter and had dinner ready for us when we got back! The play was Brigadoon and it was great! My boss was in it and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him dance around in a kilt for 2 hours. HA! All joking aside, he did a fantastic job as well as the rest of the cast. When we got back to the Comerford's the clan was there and we all had dinner together.

So, while while The Hubby enjoyed his weekend celebration, so did I! Lots of great food, babysitting, alone time and family time. You really can't ask for much more.

Amelia and I worked really hard on her Daddy's present. Her little hand prints are supposed to be Red Angus cows. Daddy thought they looked more like dinosaurs!

I'm no Paula Dean but I think my cake was pretty darn good!

Happy, Happy Birthday to my most favorite person. He makes our world go 'round. Sometimes he sends me into a tailspin and then other times he knows just how to slow things down when it seems they are spinning out of control. I LOVE YOU!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trick or Treat

Our first Halloween was a little more of a trick than a treat. Even though our little lovebug looks like the sweetest treat you've ever seen, it was all a trick. She was a grump! Maybe it was because she didn't sleep well Friday night. Maybe it was because I was lazy and didn't keep her on schedule Saturday afternoon. Maybe it was because it rained all day and she is sick of the rain. Who knows about these sweet little creations.

We had so many wonderful plans to go see friends but it did not happen. I was bound and determined to venture out and thought for sure she'd brighten up once she saw how cute she was, but not really. We went to Matt and Brittany's to see family and that went over really well! We hit our next stop about 7:00. She was really sleepy but content so we loaded up to go give some lovebug love to Jamie and Pete. That's when the lovebug turned into a stinkbug and decided she'd had enough. It really wasn't all that bad. She was just cranky and fussy and I was cold and damp so we just came on home. The bad thing is we had to sit in the dark because we didn't buy candy thinking we wouldn't be home and trick-or-treaters were swarming our street.

Considering the dogs lost, it rained all day and we were all sleepy, it really was a good night and Amelia was adorable. Next year we will be ready to go so start stocking up on the candy, we want the good stuff!

Taking a Halloween nap before the festivities

Heading out for some trick-or-treating

Under-cover (unsuccessful) operation to try and bring the Dawgs a victory

Amelia and Molly in Sleepy Hollow
OH!! And thank you to our sweet friends Heather and Sadie for letting us borrow the costume. It was they best part of our day!