Staley is very verbal. She's quick on her feet. She doesn't want to be in trouble. And so the phrase I hear repeatedly throughout the day is "oh, I was just..."
"Staley, don't throw the rocks."
"Oh, I was just tossing them."
"That's the same thing. Don't throw or toss them."
"Oh, I was just letting them fly in the wind."
"Staley, don't hit the window."
"Oh, I was just tapping it."
"Staley, did you just hit me?"
"Oh, I was just patting you."
"Staley, come here and get your pajamas on."
"Oh, I was just reading this book first."
The other night at dinner, Staley swatted at Zach with her hand. In a stern voice he asked, "What was that?" Staley responded immediately with, "That was an accident."
I find Staley's 'oh, I was just...' excuses amusing, but it also frightens me a bit. If she's this quick with an excuse at 2, I hate to think what we'll be facing at 13.