The many faces of “No.”

Meet Addie’s favorite new word. “No.”

Sometimes it is just “No,” or “No, Mama” and even “Oh No!” But lately it has been NO! A much different declarative said with such force that you’d think I just proposed she jump in a pit of live snakes.

“Let’s change your diaper, Addie.”
“Noooooo,” said as screaming and running in the other direction.

“Please sit on your bottom on the chair.”
“No,” said as continuing to stand with a look of pure defiance on her face.

“Goodnight. See you in the morning.”
“No, no, Mamaaaaaa,” said as sobbing from the crib.

Occasionally she will start to do something that she clearly knows she isn’t supposed to do (i.e. put cat food into the cat’s water dish, turn the garbage disposal button on, stick her finger near an electrical cord) and with a devilish smile she’ll look over at you and say, “no, no, noooo.” Exactly the way we say it to her. It is kinda hard not to laugh at that one.

But the other “no’s.” They are driving me crazy.

She even says “no” when she means “yes.”

“Do you want to go to the park.”
“No.” And she says it with a nonchalant little shrug like “whatever.”

Arrrrggghhhh. I should be thanking my lucky stars that she is so verbal, independant, stubborn – all good virtues when she is older. But they are all so frustrating when she is only a toddler.

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P.S. Happy Birthday, Vic!! I hope you have a great day and a very happy year!

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4 Responses to “The many faces of “No.””


  1. 1 msscatter March 20, 2007 at 8:10 am

    Thank You! (but I’m going to pretend I didn’t have this birthday)

  2. 2 Colleen March 20, 2007 at 9:53 am

    My daughter is in the exact same phase. “no, no, no”. She loves saying it so much I can offer “do you want a lollypop?” and the response can still be a rather confused “no”. She also does the copycat, as she does something she shouldn’t, looks right at me and mimics “no, no, no Zoe”.

  3. 3 MommyBrain March 20, 2007 at 10:42 am

    I know what you mean about those admirable virtues. I love that my one daughter knows her own mind, is strong, is independant, and won’t take anything from anyone. These are qualities I admire in women. I do NOT admire them when I’m trying to be her mother.

  4. 4 Jazzy March 20, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    I am not looking forward to that stage and I know it’s coming because now when my little one doesn’t like something she does this high pitched screech/scream thing that drives me nutso.


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