and adorable at the same time--which makes parenting firmly-- difficult.
she reads. and sticks her tongue out while doing so...COME ON. adorbs.
She's entered the pre-terrible twos-- which as a parent I'm going to say is worse than the actual terrible twos only because this is where I am. pre-ish. She's adorable. She knows what she wants. When she doesn't get it she does one of two things.
1.) Is okay with it, walks away pleasantly and goes on being the little sweetheart that she is.
2.) Becomes she-preterrible-two-devil and throws a tantrum. Silent screams, croc tears, red face, she pulls out all the "mahmmmmeeee, feeellll sorrrrie fur me and let me duh wat eye wannnnnnnttttttt" tricks .
While cooking dinner last week Lilly tried to do something illegal. I don't remember now what it was, but it was most def illegal little girl behavior. I told her no. She stamped her foot and THREW her sippy cup at the floor splattering milk ( ILLEGAL!). Before I could turn around to tell her no and take her Carters covered booty to time out, I heard little toddler steps fleeing the scene (ILLEGAL).
I had a classic mother "OH NO SHE DI'INT" moment and went chasing after my monster. I turned the corner expecting to see my girl running arms flailing to her "mahm kant see me in hur" place--the ball pit. INSTEAD? I find my little fugitive sitting on her time out rug in the entry way.
SHE PUT HERSELF IN TIME OUT.
What more was there to do? The girl got mad. She weighed her options for reaction. She chose number 2. Lill was okay with the consequences and dealt them-- TO herself. Parenting done. So I turned around and TRIED not to pee my pants while saying " That's right Lilly, that's a no no, you're in TIME OUT."