The Little Empress is cheeky. And by cheeky, I mean bold and sassy rather than having an abundance of cheek to pinch. (Sadly, having an abundance of cheek to pinch has never been one of TLE’s claims to fame. Being at the bottom of the growth curve has its disadvantages.)
What amazes me is how absolutely sassy this not-quite 2 year old tot can be without having much of a vocabulary. While TLE talks a lot, she has yet to speak a language that anyone else in this household understands. It is clear that she understands us; we can give her fairly complicated directions which she will follow but only if she feels like it.
(Honestly, I blame her father for her attitude because it is clear that she gets her stubborn streak from him. The Hubs, of course, blames me. Of course, when two bullheaded people get together and have a child, what could we possibly have expected?)
When she doesn’t feel like doing something, my god, she is not afraid to let you know. And I’m not talking about the usual toddler tantruming, either. Oh no. Not TLE. She flounces, she huffs, she puffs and she will straight out give you The Little Empress Glare which is the look that I swear to god, only needs to be accompanied by the head/shoulder move for the full “Oh HELL naw” effect. She has also been known to give us sideways glares when she thinks we’re not looking.
When told not to do something (usually climbing over gates and/or playing with breakable things, etc.), she may listen. Hell, she may even smile and stop what she is doing. But she simply waits until we are satisfied that we have bent her to our parental will, only to lay in wait until our attention is elsewhere to engage in said forbidden act.
What attitude!! All without words, yet! She’s two going on 16 years old these days. And all this without talking. I shudder to think what her ‘tude will be like once she learns how to speak her mind!