Me: Come on! Get dressed! Now!!!
Me: You don’t want to come with Mommy to Target? ( her favorite store)
Me: Okay…how about the park with Noelle?
Me: Gracen, I’m going to go without you. You will be here alone.
She feeds Butterscotch her horse and waters my plants.
Me: I have a lot to do today. Get! DRESSED!!!!!!
Her: No Mommy, I stay here.
Me: Seriously, I will leave you.
Needless to say, we will not be leaving the house today. I have learned to choose my battles with her. It’s not always easy, sometimes I feel defeated…like I lost to a 2 year old. She’s not 2 in so many ways. She’s like 2 going on 22. Thank God for new baby- I will pin them against each other! Play favorites! Soon I will say things like, Oh you don’t want to go? Well new baby does and s/he is my favorite now. I bet she gets dressed then!!! Okay so that’s the anger talking, but still. That’s not a bad plan right? Don’t make that face- it worked for Mommydearest.
**Wait!!!!!! I just got an apology from the naked woman running around my living room.
Her: I’m sorry Mama. I was just….I’m sorry.
I get a big hug.
Me: So, are you ready to get dressed? Ready to go?
Her: No. I stay here.