Archive for January 24th, 2008

Working the System

Lia Laundry Basket

As expected, Lia is now in the stage of showing particularity on who is going to hold her. It’s humorous to see as a parent that you are one of the select few who she has deemed worthy enough to hold her highness. I’m surprised her Tiara doesn’t fall off each time I pass her off to someone else. What I find especially entertaining is when I do pass her to someone and she begins to cry, they automatically assume that Lia does not like them and are quick to pass her back in a way you would hold out a sack of rotten potatoes, with their head turned and one eye squinted.

At only 13 months old, Lia may not know the real meaning of “cause and effect” but she does understand the basic principal. I prefer to call it “working the system”. For example, if she no longer wants to be in the playpen, she will begin her standing knee bend bounce along with her outrageous pout lip combined with her famous tears on demand cry. The exact moment you pick her up, the clouds in the sky part and the sun beams through with squirrels and blue birds appear and begin singing “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay!”. If you even make the slightest step towards the playpen or act like you are going to put her down, sun goes back into clouds, squirrels and birds fall over and die, pout lip comes forth and so on.

It’s almost as if she doesn’t get her way, she will not stand for it and let you know it. It appears as if I not only passed on the birthday curse (birthday too close to Christmas) but also the art of manipulation 😉 I’m sure that won’t come back to haunt me.