Andre is now 20 months old and he has been learning a new word every couple of days. The latest addition to his vocabulary appeared on Sunday when he was playing with a new toy and Luca tried to play with it also. He hovered over the toy and said the cutest "no" I have ever heard.
Since it is a new word, he is using it often. This morning when I asked for a kiss goodbye before I headed to the office he said "no" and walked away. I respected his wishes and just waved goodbye and smiled from a distance.
Interestingly, he's refused to kiss me many times before and I've usually just hugged him and kissed him anyway. After all, I'm about to leave him for at least 8 hours and I don't want to do so without kissing his chubby cheeks. But this time the word "no" added some meaning to it. Now that he has command of the word, he's using it to assert himself and it makes the statement more powerful, leading me to be more respectful of his wishes. I realized I should have been respecting them all along even if they were not expressed in words. I would have apologized for not doing so before but realized he probably would not understand. I'm wondering where else I've made that mistake with him and Luca.