Ann Catherine is going through a couple of phases that every two-year-old goes through.
One is the habitual use of the word "no."
"Why?" No, not why are you asking. But the question, "Why?" You know, the one your child asks you incessantly day and night.
In the last few days, she has started asking me "why" 20 times a day. Tonight's conversation while we were getting ready for bed went like this:
"Ann Catherine, be quiet."
"Because Lily's asleep."
"Because it's nighttime."
"Because it's not daytime."
"Because the sun is down."
At this point, I was at a loss. And I pulled out the phrase that my mother always used, and I swore I never would.
"Because I said so."
That didn't really satisfy her, but she dropped it anyway.
This whole "why" thing really makes you feel incredibly dumb as an adult. Inevitably, Ann Catherine will ask me "why" about something and I'll realize, I have no idea what the answer is. I mean, you think you're a reasonably smart adult, and then your two-year-old trips you up.
Because those two-year-olds are a lot smarter than you think.