It’s Not All Mary Poppins

No, no, no, no

Baby Lily reaches for Emma’s laptop, left on the couch.
“No, no, nooo!”

Baby Lily pulls diapers off the shelf.
“No, no, nooo!”.

Baby Lily swings the door of the dog’s crate open and shut.
“No, no, no, no, nooooo!”

Baby Lily throws her blueberries on the floor.
“No, no, no, nooo!”

Baby Lily tosses the contents of my purse, which she has just hauled down from a shelf I didn’t realize she could reach, all over the front hall floor.
“Oh, no, no, nooooo!”

Baby Lily sticks her pudgy hand into the slot in the side of the basket holding their sun hats, and tugs a hat out through it.
“Oh, no, no, no, noooooo!”

What’s wrong, Mary? Has Lily’s busy-ness robbed you of you ability to say anything other than a litany of “no-no-nooooo’s”? Surely you have better ways to respond to baby exploration? Can you not re-direct, distract, remove?

Well, yes. I can and I do. Constantly, these days.

All that ‘no, no, no-ing’? That’s not me. That’s Baby Lily. These days, when I hear that solemn “Oh, no, no, noooo!”, I hunt the girl down, because I know she’s up to no good. Seems Lily knows it, too.

Too bad she doesn’t listen to herself…

May 17, 2010 - Posted by | Lily, Mischief, the cuteness! |


  1. HA! Sophie used to reprimand herself while in the act of misbehaving. Cracked me up, but just like Lily, it didn’t seem to stop Sophie, either!

    Comment by Candace | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. Gorgeous! Henry used to say Uh Ohhh and then drop something… I could hear him uh ohhing from his cot as he dropped each of his soft toys out onto the floor.

    Comment by Tammy | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  3. My 22-month old, too. He shakes his head and mutters to himself, “no no no no”.

    Comment by Lisa | May 18, 2010 | Reply

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