Lilly, despite seeing only her second princess movie ever in the past few months, is quite comfortable with the idea of being a princess.
To Lilly, being a princess means only two things:
1) wearing a "beautiful" outfit
2) not doing something she doesn't want to do.
I believe I have mentioned the "princesses don't wear underwear" debacle.
I didn't know at the time, but that was the dawning of a new age around here.
The ushering in of a new era of "But MOM! Princesses don't . . . "
. . . take their plates in!
. . . go to sleep!
. . . eat tuna for dinner!
And that's all fine, really. I get it. It's not the MOST annoying way for her to say she doesn't like something.
The thing is, she also uses it In Public.
So she says things like:
"Princesses don't put their heads underwater, right, mom?"
"Princesses don't climb on monkey bars, right, mom?"
"Princesses don't ride bikes, right, mom?"
Which is her way of saying, 'I'm a little scared of putting my head under water, or climbing on monkey bars, or riding a bike.'
Which is no big deal.
Except, apparently, if you are a stranger sitting next to us in public, it sounds just a touch like I'm a pageant mom. A Toddlers in Tiaras kind of situation, if you know what I mean.
Like I've just been drilling into her that she is a princess and princesses don't eat fattening foods and they don't get their hair messy and they never rub their mascara off, right Lil' Lilly Lou Bobbi?
And I just feel like I don't really deserve the look that that lady standing near us in the pool just gave me.