A few days ago a coworker asked me if I’ve been writing down all of the cute things Ava’s been doing lately. Ummmmm, cute? Hmmmmmmm . . . Well, she always looks cute, but as far as behavior goes, she has strayed from cute. We’re more in the category of challenging. If I saw Ava in the store and didn’t know her, I might go as far as to say “bratty.” Of course, I’m a mom now, so I reserve that term for very serious cases.
Anyway, tonight in the store, I was about to pay for my makeup when Ava pulled my credit card out of my hand and
said yelled, “NO, AVA PAY!” I tried convincing her calmly that mommy needed to use the credit card to pay, but she wouldn’t give it up until the cashier asked her if she could hold mommy’s bag and then she snatched the card from Ava. It’s like that everywhere we go. Last night I told her to sit down in her chair at the restaurant so she wouldn’t fall and she yelled NO. Sometimes she’ll just look at me and say no for no reason. She’s turning lots of heads these days and it ain’t because she’s cute. People, I’m sure, are wondering why I allow my daughter to behave that way.
At the other extreme, when she’s not testing our limits, she’s just the sweetest girl ever. Tonight she told me, “Ava love more families. Love Rick, and Clara, and Lisa.” I told her today that we’ll be seeing our friends Lisa, Rick, and Clara in two days and she said, “No, today.” She loves her teachers at preschool and talks about Niki and Ann all day. She tells me how they hold her, sing to her, and even rub her back at nap-time. It’s no wonder she whines so much when I pick her up from school. We take swimming lessons together and she finally jumped off the side of the pool into my arms- a big moment for us.
We talk about Ava’s birthday nearly everyday. I can’t believe she’ll be three in a couple weeks. I tell her lots of things change when she’s three- she stops wearing a pull-up, she talks nicely to mom and dad, she wears her new size 7 shoes (actually she’s already wearing those), and she stops whining about every little thing. It’s going to be a magical day 😉
In the end I have to say that I am grateful Ava is developing at such a normal rate. My friends with kids say that three year olds tend to whine, complain, and insist on the impossible. I guess it’s time to hit the books again and learn some of those catchy little things parents say to get their kids to obey like, “We’re leaving now, would you rather walk or have a piggy back ride?” (That one worked today when she didn’t want to leave the fountain downtown.) I’m not sure time outs are going to work since the other night I said, “Ava, you need to open your mouth so mommy can have a turn brushing your teeth.”
She replied, “No, Ava time out.”
“You don’t want a time out, honey, they are no fun.”
“Yes, time out fun.”
Isn’t she adorable? 🙂