I love age 2, because you can excuse your toddler's most egregious behavior with a shrug and the phrase, "Terrible twos . . ." Most people will understand and overlook all manner of tantrums, mess, and screaming when the perpetrator is 2 years old.
But what happens when twins turn 3? How do I get people to forgive my daughters' naughtiness now?
One girl loves to shriek, "You STINKY!" at any and every person she meets.
The other sheds big crocodile tears and sobs, "You MEAN . . . " whenever she doesn't get her way.
Both girls think it's hilarious to shout, "Poopy butt!!" in public, and when I glare at them with the ol' stink eye, they lower their gaze and state demurely, "We say poopy BOTTOM, Mommy. Poopy BOTTOM."
We are eagerly anticipating a visit from my mother. She should be arriving in a couple of weeks, which gives me plenty of time to prepare the guest room, but not nearly enough time to break my daughters' offensive habits.
Dinner last night: baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green salad
Exactly one year ago today: