Andrew is 2-years old. He is adorable, if I do say so myself, but he can also test your strength, both physically and mentally, like only a 2-year old force can. Saturday night, my husband was working to get him ready for bed. He offered him a chance to choose his pajamas, and Andrew refused, with a powerful “No.” So, his pajamas were chosen for him — Spiderman button- ups. But, now Andrew decided he did want to choose; he wanted the fireman pajamas. From there, it was a wrestling match. Have you ever tried to dress a strong 2-year old into a diaper, pants and a button-up shirt? Not easy.
But, my husband won the match, and the evening progressed without a word about it — books, brushing teeth — he never mentioned the pajamas again.
Take note of the evidence:
a)Child with no pants on and shirt unbuttoned
b)Fireman pants (the desired sleepwear) on the floor
c)Can you see that the Spiderman pajamas have been neatly placed back into the pajama drawer?
d)Turtle Light on the bed
Feeling bad for him, I went in later that night to try to button up his shirt, but discovered that he had put the shirt on upside down.
Oh, how I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in the room for this little display of defiance. Did I mention that we didn’t hear a peep out of the room? He did this all silently and in the dark! He even unbuttoned the buttons on the shirt without ripping any off. The next morning he was cool and calm — never said a word about it. 24 hours later, when my husband finally broached the topic, Andrew’s answer was, “What?”