Today at lunch I told Maia that if she ate her food and was good, she could have a (Girl Scout) cookie when she was done. She, however, decided to throw a stuffed animal directly in her sister's face. I sent her to her room while I tried to calm the sobbing babe.
When I went into her room after Eva recovered, Maia was still begging for a cookie. But my answer remained a firm "no." Finally Maia gave up on asking.
"Mom," she said, "I won't do that again."
"Oh?" I asked.
"Yes, next time I will throw the elephant in Eva's face AFTER I've eaten my cookie."
Shortly thereafter, I was changing Eva's diaper and Maia needed to use the bathroom. As I was snapping up Eva's outfit, Maia walked out, minus a couple of clothing items. "Mom, she said, I need some new pants and undies. The others got wet."
"What do you mean they got wet?"
"Well, I was trying to go like a boy, standing up, and, well, they got wet."
I peeked in the bathroom to see a mini-flood in the corner by her potty. And I was very angry. And I did not hide it. Part of what makes this frustrating is that she's tried the whole boy-act at least once before, and it didn't work then either. Maybe she thinks she just needs to practice more?
I sure hope not.