Friday, June 11, 2010


Cambria has been comic relief, frustrating, comforting, my reminder that I'm still a mom, and best of all, her exploding vocabulary is extremely entertaining.

It's hilarious.

We can't figure out what her nationality is, but we love her accent.

"I huht-ah mine-self."

{Choosing her morning yogurt flavor} "Oh-ange Cweam."

{Looking for her purse with Uncle Caleb and Aunt Marlys. . . and then finding it in their SUV} "Praise the Lawd."

Feeling a bit left out of a cry session that JD and I were having on the kitchen floor: "Well, I'm sad too. {Insert huge eyes and dramatic hand-waving here} I'm sad because everyone has a baby and we don't."

Admiring truffles from Brooke: "Ohhhhhh. How kind of them. Troubles. I like troubles."

She apparantly has noticed that when someone is weeping, often the person comforting will firmly pat the mourner's back. I learned this first hand when I felt a sharp blow to my back while I was crying, accompanied by Cambria's crooning voice. . . "It's okaaay, Mommy {WHACK}, it's okaaaay. {WHACK}, it's okaaay. {WHACK}"

"How about we wake Gabe up? How about we just {dramatic hand-waving and breathing} go and wake him up? Wouldn't that be fun?"

And then the real pressing needs.

"Can I have a piece of gum?" 20 x per day

"Can I do PBS Kids?" 45 x per day

"Can we go to the fountain?" 100 x per day

It's good to be a mommy. Still.


  1. God does send His comfort in the form of many different angels. When our adoption of a baby girl fell through, I was devastated. Brent bought me a dog and Connor said he would give me a granddaughter and I could keep her...he did follow through with the granddaughter, but I'm okay with 'temporary' custody ;)

  2. The way you wrote this made me feel like I was in the room with her. :) You explained her so descriptively well. And just about all of it sounded soooo familier. ;)
    I love the picture of you and Cambria.

  3. Oh my gosh Hayley. She's a fabulous woman already. I wish I could hand out with her vibrant little self. She must have one awesome mother speaking into her life. Hugs girl! Thanks for the laugh.

  4. Hayley, my thoughts and prayers and tears are with you! How sweet that you have a little one to whack you on the back and tell you it's okay. :)

  5. what a sweet little girl...{smile} and that IS a beautiful picture of the two of you--you have a fantastic smile!

  6. Hayley,
    I've never met you - but I am Wendi's friend. I want you to know that I have been reading your blog and praying for your family since Wendi shared your loss with me. Your little Gabe was so beautiful! The notes from mommy and daddy just brought me to big sobbing tears, my thoughts and prayers are with you as your grieve your precious little man and look forward to seeing him again.
    -Jasmine Bennett

  7. Yup and you're still hot. and I love you, forever.
    Love, Daniel

  8. I haven't been around Cambria very many times but I can hear her little accent as I was reading this. I don't get Whacked on the back 2 chihuahua's for some reason can tell when I'm crying in another room and come and jump up on my lap and start licking me all over my face! I love the picture of you look GREAT! Keep smiling and keep being a GREAT mommy!

  9. A beautiful and adorable angel! Loved the 'Praise the Lawd!' Give her a tight hug and kiss from me!

  10. Jennifer CalcottJune 14, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    I just read your blog for the first time and cried like I have never cried. I pray that you and your family will feel a little more peace every day. Prayers and ((HUGS)))
    You are an AMAZING MOMMY!

  11. love the picture. Cambria is precious. Makes me giggle. :) Love you.