Meg is very advanced for her age. She's already well into her terrible twos.
Maybe "terrible" isn't the right word for it. How about her "incredibly active, opinionated, and willful" twos? Yeah, I think that works better. She really isn't trying to be difficult. She just knows what she wants to do, exactly when she wants to do it, and hasn't figured out that is not always possible. Hell, if it were I would always be eating pizza and never have on pants.
It isn't just that she doesn't understand that she can't always have her way though, it's that she is now mobile enough to try and get her way if we aren't immediately helping her to get it for those reasons she doesn't understand. She can now get out of the restaurant high chair when we tell her we will not lift her down because people are still eating. She can now reach the counter where the fruit snacks are sitting when we won't hand them to her because dinner is almost ready. Oh, and she can definitely undo her car seat straps when we refuse to let her out because the car is still moving.
Despite all this everything she does still makes me smile. Even when I am totally exasperated because she has thrown herself to the floor, or refuses to eat and is instead trying to "help" by clearing her plate into the (fat) dog's mouth, I am still enchanted by this child. I love it when she tells me "no, no" or "be nice" when I am doing something she doesn't like -- like trying to bathe her or make her wear socks. I love that when she runs away she also slightly dances. I love watching her tastes develop, and her opinions evolve. For instance, she no longer like ketchup. Used to love it -- now won't look at it. Why did that happen? And what will change next?
I can't wait to find out.
Oh, how we love our girl.