Wednesday, March 4

Outwitted. Again.

Alexis has been obsessed with running her fingers through my hair her entire short life. For whatever reason, twirling her chubby little fingers through my locks soothes her when she's upset, and it seems to be an unconscious habit that she does every single chance she gets. If I pick her up, her hand automatically makes its way to my hair and begins twisting, and turning, and flipping, and usually pulling.

It's when things escalate to pulling that I start to get annoyed. It's sweet that she lurves me so much, but there are only so many times that I can handle her ripping my hair out of my head before I blow my top. People, she has given me bald spots before. It's only cool if I don't start walking around like Britney Spears on a head-shaving bender.

Lately I've been trying to warn Alexis to knock it off with the hair twirling before I reach that point of being super-annoyed enough to chew the head off something. Snapping at her doesn't do anything to stop the behavior since it just upsets her, and then I end up trying to console her. Consoling her involves fingers in my hair, so it's a vicious, unproductive cycle. I've been trying REALLY hard to warn her to quit well before I'm going to get annoyed.

Last night Alexis was sitting on the couch with me, one hand twisting through my hair, the other hand tightly clutching a cookie. I felt my blood start to warm up, so I told Alexis to stop pulling my hair. She did for a very brief moment, but then went back to it. So, I told her to quit again. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

By then I was REALLY annoyed, so I told her she quit immediately or I was taking her cookie. She quickly yanked her hand out of my hair.

She paused for a moment, glancing at her cookie, and then quickly shoved the whole dang thing in her mouth before clutching another fistful of hair in her chubby little hands.

Lesson learned. If you are going to threaten to take something away, make sure it isn't edible.

28 comments:

  1. I love that kid.

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  2. She? Is awesome.

    You? Are screwed.

    I thought of you the other day. Laura is always leaving stuff in my car. Toys. Books. Hoodie. Etc. I'm sick of carrying in her stuff. So I told her that if she leaves her things in my car, I will assume she doesn't want those things and I would get rid of them. So, the next time she was getting out of the car, I asked her if she'd taken her stuff out. "I got everything but the trash, so, like you said you would, you can get rid of it." And then I thought of you.

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  3. That may be the cutest story EVER!!
    I do think you are just screwed. Alexis is way too smart.

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  4. That is HILARIOUS! Okay, maybe not for you, but come sit on my side for a minute. You'll be laughing so hard you just might pee your pants. Thanks for the best laugh of the night!

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  5. LOL, that's just an awesome story.

    And btw, my sister used to do that hair twirling thing all the time (to herself -- mom has really curly hair). I mean, even if she was just sitting quietly reading, she was twirling her hair. I think she stopped when she was like 12. So, good luck with that -- and if you get really desperate, remember the magic word: Perms.

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  6. I have to second Cheri - you are so screwed. Sorry, but join the ranks, there's a chair waiting for you. :)

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  7. Smart as a tack that one! Good gosh, I lurve her!

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  8. She is so smart!

    You are so doomed! =D

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  9. You may as well just sell your soul now.

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  10. Man, these kids are smart!!

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  11. That is laugh-out-loud funny! Like, you should submit it to a parenting magazine funny!

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  12. Disciplining smart kids is that much harder! Good luck with that! I have a bad habit of sometimes twirling my hair, so while I was brushing my hair yesterday, Dylan walked over and started twirling it. Now he thinks that is how I style my hair!

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  13. haha that's fantastic. Foiled again, Mom!

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  14. That cracks my ass up. I know I would like a kid who thinks that way.

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  15. That girl is a freaking genius!!

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  16. LOL That is awesome. That'll teach you to have smart kids!

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  17. she is awesome.

    and to quote my own child on this one: "can't catch me, suckah duckah."

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  18. Yep, she's a quick one. But we already knew that, didn't we!

    Cookies... yum....

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  19. ha! What a cutie-bo-tootie!

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  20. LOL... the kid is SMART!!!

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  21. Haha, she's great :)

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  22. Ha! She sure showed you!
    They are so damn quick!
    Love this picture, love it!

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  23. It must have been the "smart" cookie.

    hahahahaha I love this kid!!!!!! and the Hello Kitty that goes with her--adorable!

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  24. She's brilliant! You are in so much trouble when she reaches her teen years. (Hugs)Indigo

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  25. Dang she is a smart cookie!

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  26. Now my son would have pulled, then spit the cookie in my face. You got off lucky!

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