This is the face of attitude. Baby attitude. specifically mine, giving it to me. Abby has caught on to the meaning of no. We try not to say it a bunch and favour, ‘No Thank-You’ using THE VOICE. You know the one. The momma voice, or the pappa voice when we are trying to curb her from the usual baby mischef. Opening cupboards or drawers only to get her fingers caught, or fiddling with cords or trying her best to pry the child safety plugs from their outlets.
I could go on, because we all know the monkey business mobile babies can get up to. Who wants to be saying no constantly, sounding like a broken record?
No matter what spin we put on it, or the vocabulary we use – Abby is quick to respond with her displeasure at being curtailed. We get the scrunched up face as pictured above, accompanied by a distinct vocal display of annoyance. Sounding like a mix between a long slow whine and staccato version of, ‘whhhhyyyyyyyy’.
Although she stops what she’s doing. Sometimes we have to say it once or twice, and she really lets us know what she thinks, but she listens! What a good little girl. I know it may not always be this way, but for now we don;t have to worry about getting to understand no. It’s more like we have to work on not being so amused by how adorable she looks when she’s giving us what for. Because these babies? They are SMART I tell you. We don’t want her thinking she has us wrapped around her sweet little chubby finger, no do we?
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