Bebe update: Twenty two months

Yesterday, during our morning cuddle routine, you did something interesting.

Actually, I’ve noticed it before, but on that morning, in the still-dark room of the very-early wake up, in our deliciously-cozy bed, you took that something up a notch.

I’ve always thought it pretty powerful that when you don’t like something, you tell us ‘enough.’ I don’t mean when we’re cutting your nails or wrangling a diaper on you.

I mean when we tickle you, and you’ve had enough. When we cuddle you, and it’s been too much. When you’ve been showered with kisses, or hugs, and you make it very clear to us: Enough. Stop.

Yesterday, I was tickling you, cuddling you, hugging you, and you loved it, and then you said enough, and then you pulled back and looked at me, your eyes serious, you said it again, and delicately put my hands away from you, to my own chest.

Bebe, there’s something I want you to know, to keep, to treasure forever: You’re ability to say no.

I know you’re nearly two, and it’s a part of reaching a new expressive stage. I know that it will be annoying for me and your abba, many many many times over.

But. But. Do not stop saying no where it counts. Showing no when you need to.

You love cuddling, hugging, kissing, and we love that you love it.

But I also love that you know when to firmly indicate no.







2 responses to “Bebe update: Twenty two months”

  1. imadealiyah Avatar

    Amen. May our daughters all be strong enough to know when to say no, and to be able to say it.

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  2. Elisa Avatar

    This reminds me of the time I was asking my little nephew a question and he told me, “stop talking”. I was really impressed he was learning how to verbally express his disinterest in speaking with me – even if the delivery was lacking. :)

    And I third your and imadealiyah’s motion to help our daughters (when I’m ultimately blessed with my own) maintain their inner strength. No is a powerful word. Thanks for sharing.

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