Cause and Effect

With only few days left until Camberlyn’s first birthday, we are quickly transitioning from babyhood to toddler hood. She is walking, her vocabulary is beginning to really take shape and she is starting to look like a kid not a baby. As a mama, this is a bitter sweet time for me. I love to see how grown up she is becoming but I look at her new born pictures and think ” how has it been a year already!?”.

As the mother of a rapidly developing toddler I feel like I am learning as much as she is each day. And surprisingly we are often times learning the same lessons, today’s being : Cause and Effect. For Camberlyn the lesson was learned in this method ” If I pull the bag out of the cupboard and turn it over, white powder covers the floor and is a lot of fun to play in!”.  For me the lesson went more like this, ” If I leave the room to switch the laundry, Camberlyn will find the bag of cornstarch, spill it on the floor and spread it as far and wide as her little body can manage.”

When I saw what she had accomplished in such a short amount of time I was truly impressed. I laughed and got out the camera, because as big as that mess was, these are little moments I never want to forget.



Our little Camberlyn is quickly approaching her fist birthday, and all sorts of growing up is happening around our house. She is becoming more and more independent and that includes eating. We like for her to feed herself, and she does a pretty good job, BUT some times she gets a little carried away. This morning was one of those times. Brynt and I were doubled over with laughter at her Malt-O-Meal adventure, and she had the time of her life.

I love this crazy little girl!

Teething is not fun, for anyone.

Parenting is hard work, but there is a lot of joy that comes with the hard work and it makes it incredibly rewarding. Teething sucks the joy right out of it and makes everything (and everyone) miserable.

When Camberlyn got her first two teeth, it was really easy. Honestly, they both came in within 24 hours and she hardly got upset at all. So being a first time parent I naively assumed they would all be that way. I once again learned one of life’s hard lessons; never assume.

Over the past two and half weeks Cam has been teething basically non-stop. And it has been rough. Fevers, whining, grumpy, waking up in the middle of the night ( which she NEVER does), no appetite, runny nose… NOT FUN.  But this morning the clouds parted and it looks like we might get a break for a little while ( Hallelujah!). Cam now has three new teeth, 2 on the top and another on the bottom. She is back to her normal, happy self and eating like there is no tomorrow.

What is the moral of this story? Never assume that because something went easy one time  it will every time.