Free Will

February 2nd, 2010

When Miss Mouse was an infant, she was universally hailed as the sweetest baby ever. I’m not just saying that because I’m her smitten mother. Everywhere we went, people commented on how chill she was and how happy she always seemed to be with her surroundings. No fussing, no crying, just a cheerful smiling baby.

But that was then. Now, Miss Mouse is a toddler and is reveling in that greatest of gifts — Free Will. She wants to do things Her Way and lord have mercy upon you if you thwart her intentions.

Don’t get me wrong, she’s still a great baby and 90% of the time, she saves her tantrums for when she’s at home. So most of the world is unaware of the increasing appearances of her alter ego, Rat Baby.

The transformation can be instantaneous. One minute, Miss Mouse is playing with her stuffed animals. The next moment (after mommy suggests that it’s time to get dressed for school), Rat Baby is flinging the stuffed animals, shrieking at the top of her longs, and flailing about on the ground.

Other triggers for impressive rat-like behavior include:

  • Being told she can’t “pet” the doggie with her feet…
  • My refusal to read “Goodnight Moon” for the 57th time in a row…
  • Daddy’s poor judgment in picking her up for a smooch when she was occupied with her blocks…
  • My offer of blueberries instead of banana at breakfast…
  • Attempting to put in her earplugs in the bathtub…

I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

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