Clara is officially a two year old, and by that I mean she has decided that she is totally self sufficient and independent (thank you,very much), unless of course she has a boo-boo or needs help, which she asks for by saying: "Help you? Help you?"
Here are some recent interactions:
Clara (doing anything she has asked help with and deciding suddenly and without warning that she no longer needs help)
"I DO it. Don't touch me! Stop touching me."
After a protracted bartering session where we were discussing a long walk to visit friends. She wanted to walk the whole way herself, I countered with walking part of the way and being in the stroller part of the way. Clara ran to the front door - turned and looked at me - arms wrapped defiantly around her chest and said:
"I don't like it, Mama. I'm NOT kidding!"
She only gets a binky at nap time or at night. It used to be any old binky would do. Now Clara has her favorites, and if I try to slip in a new one she says:
"Not that binky, old binky."
And she is no longer content to let me choose a binky but instead asks permission to look through the binky bowl.
"Mama, let me pick one. I pick one."
Or the other day - she held out her hand to me, clearly expecting me to do something. So I took her hand. Clara nodded her head and said:
"Nice to meet you."
She is so sure of herself and most of the time Gerald and I manage to keep the smiles off our faces and take our independent little girl's suggestions...very seriously.