Paige is how we like to describe her at our house as “utterly defiant”. She is so stubborn and headstrong. Once she has made up her mind, there is usually no way to change it. A person can try, but generally, Paige will demand it be her way or the highway. This definitely goes for food and feeding herself. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT try and give her a half a cookie when she knows darn well that there is a whole one somewhere. And DO NOT try to feed her like a baby. The wrath of vengeance that will reign down upon you if you try will be great. I promise! (We were getting ready for a baptism one Saturday morning. Paige was dressed. Her hair was done nicely. She was starving. We looked in the fridge and she started pointing at the yogurt. I thought "sure, why not?" Then I proceeded to feed Paige (like a baby, apparently) and she did not like it. Not one little bit. She thought she needed to feed herself. When her mother (me) told her that wasn't likely to happen, she then proceeded to throw a fit and would not eat. Paige would have rather starved than have me feed her.) Defiant!!!
This is generally what it looks like at our house when Paige feeds herself.
(In this instance, she's trying to feed herself yogurt.)
I love her and love that she tries to be so very hard to be independent and grown up, but at the same time, I’d really like her to just stay my baby! Is that too much to ask for?