This morning was like any other, Cammy got up around 7, Mike went to play with her in the living room so I could get a litttttle more sleep, and then we all did the breakfast, getting Daddy ready for work and out the door and play in the living room some more thing. I don’t know what it was, probably the accumulating stress that I’ve been dealing with the past couple of days but when I sat her on the sink like I do after every breakfast and lunch to wipe her messiness away, she kept looking at me and smiling. The sweetest little sparkle in her eye, closed mouth smile I have ever seen. We have VERY connected souls, and I feel like she was saying Mommy, it’s okay. Don’t be stressed, I love you. This girl ALWAYS makes everything so much better and she knows when and how to do it. She always has come to my rescue when things have gotten stressful or overwhelming. When there is someone out there who tries to bring me down, Cammy puts her little dukes up and fights for me. She makes every day so beautiful and full of sunshine that I couldn’t possibly have another rainy day if I lived in Seattle– my days are ALWAYS full of utter and complete beautiful strawberry blonde sunshine.

As things very slowly start to ease a little with workload as the wedding season comes to an end, I realize that I have a lot of making up to do for the times the poor little girl played in the other room while I edited and answered emails. My husband and I have established a brilliant workflow for next year that should highly benefit my clients, our family and a more smoothly run business with faster turn around times. I am SO excited to put this into action but so sorry I didn’t understand how to do it before. To sum it up, I SHOULD have had a daycare/babysitter system that corresponded with my workload and I didn’t. Well, you live and you learn, and as a first time mommy..I have to thank my clients for their patience during this Cammy’s First Year trial run, haha!

Babies know and feel more than you think, especially if you have a close and well developed bond with them. I’ve NEVER once let Cammy cry it out, ever, for any reason, ever and I feel like she is such a good and well adjusted baby because of the constant love and attention we have given her. In my heart, I know this is the reason she is so content and why we have such a great relationship already. Babies have a basic NEED for attention, like food, shelter and everything else. They also know when we are stressed, angry, upset, etc. In our case, Cammy has become such a strong little girl (sitting up at 4 months, crawling shortly after..and WALKING full on at 9!) and she is fiercely independent but boy does she love us and take care of our hearts.

If you can, take time out of your days to HIDE your phones, log off…don’t start unnecessary arguments, don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, and go hang with your baby..be super interested in what they have to say, read to them (even when it’s sooo repetitious and boring and annoying, haha!) and teach them anything you can. Eyes, ears, nose. Red, blue, yellow. TEACH them! They are like little sponges and they will learn to know more faster than you could ever imagine but they will love YOU more for taking the time to teach and spend time with them, and they will LOVE to repeat what they learned back to you and impress you! 🙂

We just hung out in our diaper this morning 🙂

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Posted by:amandahedgepeth

Hey there! We're a husband and wife team who has the honor to document inspiring wedding days for the most cheerful couples around. We have three daughters lovingly referred to as the mermaid mafia and we love nothing more than salty beach days, laughing as much as possible and living the simple, good life.

4 replies on “Babies Know | Personal

  1. That last picture is beautiful, Amanda. So glad you’re continuing to grow and figure it out together. Let me tell ya, your journey is so interesting! You’re one of the moms that gets me jacked up to be a mom myself.

  2. Loved the diaper photoshoot!! 🙂 I’ve always been excited to be a mommy, but knowing you guys personally & witnessing your bond in person really makes me look forward to it 1,000 times more!!! <3

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