The 52 Project 2014: 40/52

the 52 project2“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014. My goal for the year: highlight her most recently acquired and/or favorite skill, activity, or milestone, in hopes to document her blossoming personality and mind as well as her physical appearance. ” See my series HERE.


Mia: Marches to the beat of her own drum.

Age 2 1/2 is a wonderful age and it’s a trying age. Without a doubt, this kid is by far more pleasant to be around than not. For the most part, she’s sweet, thoughtful, caring, funny, silly, helpful, loving, plus a handful of other very positive adjectives that make me smile throughout the day.

BUT…that little independent and opinionated spirit inside of her has been on the rise, people. The words “No” and “Don’t touch” and “That’s not yours” and “You’re not listening” seem to mean less to her by the day. She listens to me better than she listens to Dad (which frustrates him to no end) but still, we both have to repeat ourselves numerous times. Using the strategy of “I’m going to count to 3! 1…2…3!” is becoming more commonly used around here. Lucky for me, it’s worked every time and I usually don’t even get to “3” before she obeys. Threats to be placed in “time-out” are made every single day, at least once or twice. Yes, I do follow through when necessary and she hates it.

I’m a strong believer in disciplining a child when they misbehave and especially following through with it whenever you’ve stated that it’s about to go down if the kid doesn’t knock it off. I was in Target a few months ago and Mia behaved perfectly in the store we were previously in, but for some reason she only lasted about 10 minutes in Target. She was running from me through the clothing racks, laughing and taking it as a game. I had sternly warned her many times to knock it off and to stay near me or we would leave. After a few “Okay, Mommy’s” followed by the same negative behavior I grabbed her and left. I even had a few items in my cart but I just abandoned it and left. She wasn’t happy. When we got home, I followed up with time-out.

So in this particular photo, I was FINALLY taking pictures of my tent covers for my empty Etsy shop (selling kids A-frame play tents)! My shop has been empty for at least a year and I’ve been putting this project off for too long. I actually was indirectly inspired to get my ass in gear by another blogger/photographer (one of my favorites, too) who just announced her and her husband’s brand new Etsy shop just yesterday. Anyways, Mia was so excited and curious over the tent that I set up in our backyard that she just had to check it out. Understandable. I let her have some time to look it over and hang out inside. But I also made it clear to her to keep her hands off (I didn’t want her to dirty the fabric) and to keep off of the frame. I can’t even tell you how many times I  had to tell her to leave the tent alone so that I could take pictures of it and to stop touching the fabric. I swear, when I want a picture of Mia she’s less than cooperative. But now when I wanted her out of the photo, she had to be in every other one. I went through a dozen or so tent cover changes and she was there for all of them, pushing my buttons and testing my patience. I kept my cool for the most part, but man that was a challenge.

Her face in the photo says it all. It’s as if she’s saying “Yup, I’m here doing the exact opposite of what you’re telling me to do. What are you gonna do about it?”

I’m going to grow grey hair, that’s what.

Okay now just for fun, here is the portrait from last year’s week 40 in 2013 when Mia figured out how to climb up into chairs (but demanded help with getting down).

40 week 2013

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  1. Ohhhh testing her boundaries, I see. Stand strong, Mama!! Lyla at 3.5 is now aware what happens when she doesn’t listen but it took what feels like a million years of her testing me before she now knows. Yay for your Etsy shop!

  2. It sounds like you have your hands full. Berlin is just a few months behind Mia, so I feel the worse has yet to come. Does it work when you guys use time out? I have yet to set a discipline action in place, I keep thinking she doesn’t understand yet, but I have yet to try, so who knows…

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