When I introduce myself to new people, 9 times out of 10 I have to repeat myself. If someone makes me repeat myself more than 2 or 3 times, I usually say, "Addie. Subtractie...get it?" If they are smart, they do. If they are not, sign language for addition and subtraction usually does the trick.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Two peas in a pod...snug in a staring contest

What is it with little girls and attitudes? Growing up and helping to care for my younger brothers, I knew they could be tough. But they were easily manipulated into agreeing with me. Girls? Whole new ball game.

When Gracie was a newborn, she was so easy peezy pie I thought I'd hit the jack pot. And I had. She was beautiful, had all her fingers and toes. Breastfeeding for the 1st time? No problem. We figured it out together in a snap. Hardly cried, and when she did - it really wasn't so bad. Apart from the blown out goodies and stomach, I was happyPants all over the place. I could go on and on. Happy baby = happy mama. And that's what we were.

And we still are...85% of the time. But right around 13 months, something scary started to happen.

She started to sound like me. Started to react to her dissatisfaction like I do. Basically she has some serious 'TUDE. In the last few weeks a snappy "heeyyy!" with a light slap has entered her vocab. If I am using MY cellphone, she mugs me while yelling "hey!" at me and tries to take it away from me. If she's in my lap and I'm on MY computer, she will swat my hand away from the mouse or keys repeatedly, "hey! top it". Oh poor sweet babe, you may have the attitude. But I do, too. And I'm bigger.

Some might say this is a learned behavior. Some might say its genetics.

I say both. And lord help me. I believe its safe to say we both have strong-willed and dominant personalities. One of the reasons my own mother and I have such a close relationship is because we balance one another in ways we differ. I am definitely the more dominant lass. What happens when mother and daughter are very much alike? Suppose they are both dominant, overbearing, look-at-me-right-now-I-need-your-full-attention type people?

Stay tuned...and until then I will enjoy being bigger than her. Although she seems to be handling me pretty well here: