I love her SO much, but she feels the need to test me in EVERYTHING I say. From something as simple as "Emily don't open the sliding glass door" to "Emily don't touch the hot stove" She just doesn't get it. She looks at me and says so innocently "okay mommy" and as soon as I've turned around she's got the door flung open and running up the stairs to avoid a spanking or she's screaming bloody murder because she burned her finger. AND SHE THINKS ITS CUTE! Sometimes when I turn my back she says "mommy look!" and shows me what she was doing behind my back! Just last night She was opening and closing the sliding glass door. No biggy but our untamable beast outside likes to drop sticks on Emily's toes whenever the door is open because he wants to fetch. Sometimes I let Emily throw the sticks for him but since my husband works in the HARDwood business, more often than not, the sticks that Reggie finds are...well...HARD. I know from experience that one precariously dropped on a big toe will make an adult wail in pain and want to punch something. I assume that Emily's toes are much more fragile than mine and therefore ask that she keep the door closed to avoid the whole mess.
So lets set up the scene: Aaron is outside washing the car (what a good man!) I am sitting on the couch reading a book, facing in the direction of the sliding glass door. Here, I can see Aaron washing the car and I can see Emily watching him. Emily opens the door once and yells "daddy!" trying to get his attention and leave the door wide open. I look up from my book and ask her to close it. She listens. I go back to my book. I hear the door open, "daddy!", and then close again. I say again, "Emily, please, lets just leave the door shut." I go back to my book. I can feel her looking at me so I look up at her to see that she is watching me while she slides the door ever to quietly open. I get up and lock the door (which she can unlock) and say "don't touch the door. you can sit here and watch daddy, but you will not touch the door. I will give you a spanking the next time you don't listen to me" SEEMING content with that she says "okay mommy, me touch the door no" and sits to watch Aaron. I go back to my book AGAIN. Emily calls my attention to her. I look up from my book to see her giving me the most hateful, disrespectful look I've ever seen cross her face as she took her pointer finger and slowly moved it towards the door and touch it! Needless to say she was disciplined accordingly.
Is this what I have to look forward to for the next 12 months and a day?
P.S. Why did no one warn me about newly potty trained little girls and the hershey squirts?! Just thought I would throw that out there.