Chronicling The Comerfords

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The 3 Year Old Meltdown

Whoever coined the phrase "terrible two's" was a sissy... or they didn't make to it the 3's.

Amelia has been 3 for 1 week and 1 day.  I'm not sure I'm going to make it the entire year.  Perhaps if I get a glass of wine for every whiny meltdown she has.  I love Amelia more than I thought I could ever love someone, but my goodness!  She has started this new thing where she will lay down on the floor on her belly screaming (not crying, screaming) kicking and hitting the floor.  This would be perfectly fine if we were at home, but nooooo, she does this places like Chick-fil-a.

Yesterday we were at our most favorite christian chicken for playgroup.  It was time to go so I warned the families sitting near the playground, took a deep breath and headed in the door.  I came out with a diaper bag and purse on my shoulder, a 7 month old on my hip and a limp 3 year old hanging by 1 arm.  Even though I knew I had her where I knew I would not break her arm off, it was still a long way to the door.  I dropped her (gently went to the ground), sat on the floor with her and tried to regroup.  It didn't work.  Shortly after we were offered a balloon.  At this point rewarding for poor behavior was an option.  With everyone looking on got our balloon and left.  We talked on the way home that the rest of our group was headed for ice cream and we were going home to nap.

This morning she decided she didn't want to go to school (because she did not go to sleep until after 10 last night) and she threw a fit in the middle of the floor at preschool.  COME ON!  We went in the bathroom and had to make a decision of whether we wanted to walk nicely into our classroom or get a spanking.  She decide, begrudgingly, to go to school.

What in the world is going on? Is this normal behavior or has she seen someone do it?  Why does she do in it public and never at home.  How do I handle this behavior?

I think they are just becoming aware of their emotions and their personalities are so big.  And maybe they just don't know what do to with them? And those emotions are definitely being worn on her sleeves.  She will breakdown at a moments notice. Lord help us!

"I think I need a drink-a-doodle-do"

Monday, August 27, 2012

Cry It Out Little Sister

Annie cries it out in her bed every night.  It usually takes a total of 10 minutes.  Last night it seemed to last a little longer, but no big deal.  When I went in to check on her before bed I found this

Apparently Big Sister did not like Baby Annie crying it out.  Looks like she went in to comfort her by taking her all of her toys and blankets.  Think she actually fell asleep or did Amelia knock her out with one of these toys?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"I'm gonna be 2 then I'm gonna be 3"

That has been the phrase for the last month or two.  Amelia has been SO excited about her birthday on "twenty one august" and now here we are.  I corrected her all day that she was no longer "I'm gonna be 2 then I'm gonna be 3" but that you are three!

3!  How did this happen?  I will tell you one thing, it happened too damn quick!  These have been the toughest years of my life.  Well, you know...  It seems like it and I know in the middle of the day, it seems pretty tough, but I do think high school was much worse.  They have been tough though. You only think you know emotional and exhausted until you have children.  BUT these have been the most rewarding three years of my life.  Perhaps I will start a line of letter jackets for Mommies. I never knew art projects or living room ballet recitals or singing songs over and over and over again could bring me so much joy. 

Tonight as I laid in bed with my new 3 year old (who I found had already put herself in her bed because she was tired. Miracle in the making!) she said "What comes after three Mommy?  What comes next?"  Tears filled my eyes as I said, "let's not worry about what comes next.  Let's just be three for a while.  Four will come soon enough."   Life really does pass by in an instant. Gosh it is tough.  And man I wish I did not get frustrated as easily as I do.  But it's life.  There are good days and bad days, easy days and stressful days, but they are my days and I would not trade all that they make up for anything in the world.

The 2nd year of Amelia's life welcomed a new sister, cholesteatoma surgery and 1 move.  I'm sure the year of three will be less eventful.  Maybe not, who knows.  Whatever the case, I know it will pass too, too quickly.  My prayer is to treasure all that I can.

Nothing says Happy Birthday like powdered donuts

And sparkly princess cookies at school

Amelia just saw that I was there.  SO Cute!

She was the line leader for the day and got to ask the blessing

And put the 21 on the calendar

I LOVE this picture and I hope they are dating when they are sixteen so I can display it at her party. Hello Sixteen Candles.  Will they even know about Sixteen Candles?  Surely!

After school we hit the local hotdog joint for a special big sister only birthday lunch.
They turned her hotdog into a birthday cake and she LOVED it!

Silliness with Daddy

There are a few really good pictures made each year.  This is one of them

The sign of a great birthday playing in the dirt with cousins

"I will get you with my dirty hands!"

All nice and clean.  Night night!

Monday, August 20, 2012

"Look Mommy! They have your picture!"

Today we had an appointment to get the tires balanced and rotated. Typical of my day, they had an open appointment right smack in the middle of nap time.  I loaded myself down with juice boxes, fruit snacks, sweet potato puffs, a handful of toys and off we went.

Both of the girls fell asleep during our 3 minute commute. I pulled up to the door and told the staff that I would wait in the car until it was our turn. Annie snoozed the whole time.  Amelia woke up right in the middle of our service and we were sitting back in the garage area.  Across the room there was a pin-up calendar and Miss August was an Asian looking Kelly Kapowski.

Speaking of the Bayside High head cheerleader, do you think it's funny that her name was Kelly Kapowski?  I never thought about it until now but you know when guys see someone hot and are like "Ka Pow!"  Did that phrase come from her or is her name a play on the phrase?  Urban Dictionary did not inform me of the creation of the phrase, but I do think it is humorous.

Back to the story of me... so the precious, one day away from being 3, princess woke up and Kelly's Asian cousin was the first thing she saw.  With her sleepy eyes and sweaty hair she perked up and said "Look Mommy!  They have your picture!"  I'm going to take that is a compliment.

It's hard to get a picture of a pin-up calendar without looking like a creep.
Surely you can see the similarity though! haha

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Swinging Sisters

People are constantly telling me how much Amelia and Annie look alike.  Honestly, I really don't see it.  I guess when they are yours and you see them day in and day out you see all their differences. 
Here are 2 pictures of them at the exact same ages in the same swing.

What do you think?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sit Annie Sit, Good Girl!

What was that tv company that would say that after shows?  I must google.  You know they'd say "Sit Ubu Sit.  Good Dog. Arf!"
Ha!  I did google it, of course I did.  It is the production company that produced Family Ties.  Good company and obviously clever marketing. 

Anyway,  back to the point!  Annie sits!  She's been sitting for about a week and she's pretty much perfected it.  She falls over all the time because she is so stinking busy.  But should she decide to stay in one place for 15 seconds, she definitely could

Look at her hand on her hip so proud!

She is basically the most precious thing that happened in 2012.  Look at those little toes!

Mama Knows Best... Usually

I will admit, my Mama typically knows what she is talking about.  She gets it wrong sometimes but not often.  I've found a fail, but we are over half way through the year so she will probably come out ok.
On a recent shopping trip where she stocked my pantry (because she is awesome like that) she talked me into buying Comet.  I will admit I am a total snob when it comes to cleaning supplies.  I pay entirely too much for something that smells like lavender and will not send harsh chemicals into the city sewer system or my counter tops.
After thinking about the price of typical cleaning lovelies and seeing that Comet was like 88 cents and knowing that people have used it for eons I decided to give it a whirl.  BIG mistake!  I cleaned my bathtubs, shower, counter tops and toilets with this stuff 2 days shy of being 2 weeks ago and there is still residue at my house!  I am pretty much a clean freak and I've become obsessed with chemicals on my babies (mainly because they have pretty crazy sensitive skin).  After I clean I rinse and rinse and rinse.  How can there still be residue?  How have y'all used this all these years? 
The Comerford house is going back to green.
I don't think so Ms Thing!

AND while I am rating products, because I know you all value my opinion.  I have a SERIOUS problem with California Baby Bug Spray.  I am bound and determined to finish the bottle because I had to give blood to purchase it, but it does not work.  We put it on the other afternoon and had 6 mosquito bites in less than 30 mins. 
I hate to use Off ever since I read and found true that it will get fingernail polish out of fabrics.  I'm so sorry, but if you will eat polish off a fabric I will not put you on my children's skin.  Looks like I will be trying Skin So Soft.  Any other thoughts?  Suggestions?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

First trip to the Dentist

I knew that Amelia would start going to the dentist around 3 and a half or 4.  Seeing as our super wonderful dentist is a boy and Amelia has a boy phobia right now, I decided it best to do a trial run.  I had my appointment for today so I brought big sister along with me to watch.
She was very interested in what the dental hygienist was doing and what all her tools were.  I think she asked her a thousand questions.  I was really excited about this because it saved the hygienist asking me questions and expecting me to answer when she has at least 6 fingers and 2 tools in my mouth.  I know they all do this and they are just trying to be friendly, but it's so awkward.

After looking in my mouth a handful of times and touching every tool on the tray, she was bored and decided to go play with Ashley. As it turns out Ashley who is the office manager is also the dentist's wife and in our Sunday school class and our friend.  She took Amelia into her office to play dentist

Maybe this will be a future career choice?  I do LOVE going to the dentist so it would be awesome to have someone on call to clean my teeth as I wish.

Look at that big girl!  She said it didn't taste good but liked the sucky thing

2 Sets of pretty teeth and a new toothbrush!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Half a Year Already!

6 Months
28" Long and 19.4 lbs

I can not believe that half the year has gone by already.  That sweet little baby Annie is turning into a real life person that moves and has a personality. Time really does fly by.  I feel like a lot of these months I have just been going through the motions and putting out fires rather than treasuring every single second (the non-crying, happy seconds) of this sweet life we have together.  That is so hard to do. 
A lot started happening the week Annie turned 6 months!

* On Monday before she turned 6 months she started rolling all over the place.  She'd been doing the occasional one roll here and there, but this week she started rolling and did not stop.  Since then she has started rolling with a purpose.  If she wants a toy she will roll clear across the room to get it.  Big Sister is not pleased with this accomplishment as she can no longer pick the toys she thinks are suitable for Annie aka all the junk toys and baby toys she has no interest in.

* Annie is completely bottle fed and has been for a few weeks.  She actually takes a bottle much better than the breast and she is much happier.  She takes 6 ounces 4 times a day and takes 1 container of baby food mixed with cereal twice a day.

* She is really starting to jabber a lot. She tries to mimic your sound and right now we have her babbling something that sounds a lot like "Heeeeyyy Da-da"

* She is still not a napper, but I have gotten her on a schedule where she will lay down at 12:30.  Sometimes she sleeps 15 mins, sometimes 30, hardly ever a full hour.  She still sleeps at night time from somewhere between 6 and 7 to 6.  This is a solid sleep, as it should be since she does not nap.

* She is still at nun school in the mornings and is very happy there.  As am I.  They really are sweet, sweet people and they love on my precious pudge!

While Annie is still the smiliest thing I have ever seen, she has become a little grumpy.  We keep thinking maybe it is teeth, but they have not shown through yet.  Part of her probably is that she There is just this large part of me that thinks this is our last baby so I want to treasure every single second of it.

There are some days where I want to put blocks on their heads and force them not to grow, then days where I pray this stage of life will pass quickly.  But on the days where I pray for the toddler age to pass I remember these little creations will become nasty little creatures called teenagers.  Yuck!  I think I will stick with whiny toddlers for a little while longer!