Perhaps the only thing easy about parenting a Piper is that you never have to wonder how she feels. Most of the time, Piper is joyous. She bounces about leaping from room to room. She laughs at herself and goes to great lengths to amuse us. She cuddles constantly. She did wait almost two full years to say a word, yet she still managed to get her needs met. Although she learned sign language, her most effective means of communication was of the nonverbal variety. If baby Piper didn’t like your answer, you got the stink eye:
It hurt. The stink eye could burn right through your heart. Ouch.
These days, of course, Piper is all talk all the time. But if almost big girl Piper doesn’t like your answer, you still get…
…the stink eye. At least she’s consistent.
My little sister, Piper, loves to do puzzles. She inherited a lot of them from me. Normally, she does puzzles in a nice fashion, mostly listens (as much as a Piper listens anyway), cooperates, and basically has fun. But not when friends show up. One of her new friends from preschool came over for a playdate, and I suggested they put together a puzzle. Sounds like a good idea, right? Not if Piper’s involved. At the beginning, she refused to do the puzzle and just sat in the box lid. She said, “Well, it’s cozy in there!” Here she is in the cozy spot:
So her friend and I started working on the puzzle. In no time at all, we were almost done. But the little box-sitter decided it was only fair the she gets to put in the last piece. I handed the piece to her friend and told her it was not fair because she didn’t help. Piper gave me a full-on stink eye. Her solution? Piper put the last piece on her head and said, “Look! Now I’m a part of the puzzle.”
-Isabelle, aka “Sissy”