Hello, my name is "Bad Guy"

11.07.2011

My daughter is only 18 months old but she already understands that Mom is the bad guy and Daddy will "save" her.  At each of the regularly scheduled nap/ night times, I approach her and say, "Eva, it's time for night night napper".  If her Dad is home, she bolts towards him and climbs up his legs as fast as possible, laying her head on his chest and glaring at me out of the corner of her eyes.  He coos at her, apologizing that we have to lay her down for a nap, and rubs her back.  I have to pry her from his arms.

She knows that Daddy gives her ice cream and Mommy gives her carrots.  She drags him through the house by his finger demanding that he follow her lead.  He complies.  She gleefully runs from him when he tries to change her diaper, knowing he will play her game.


I am already the bad guy.  I am the serious one.  The disciplinarian.  The pusher of the veggies and Hitler of nap schedules.  The one constantly trying to teach the 1, 2, 3's and colors and demanding correct verbalization while he just hands out cookies, cuddles, and smiles.

This will get increasingly more annoying and potentially damaging as she grows up.  Surely, as a teenager, she will be manipulative and ask her Dad for things after I've already said "no", knowing that he will give in if she smiles sweetly and calls him, "Daddy".  I am pretty sure she will definitely try to play us against each other so that the outcome is goes towards her favor.  I am fairly positive that he will explain to her that "WE can't because MOM said no" with an understanding nod and sneak her snacks when I send her to bed with no dinner for talking back at the table.


He is a total sucker for her.  He cannot say no.  All he cares about is her happiness.  He lives to see her smile.

...And I wouldn't have it any other way.  

28 comments:

  1. It's like this at my house too. I try and threaten, "Do you want me to call Papai?" and my 2 year old says, "YES!"... haha... But how awesome is it that we have husbands that are hands on and love their children so much to BE their friends and saviors? Pretty awesome!

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  2. I'm with you girl, but I too would not have it any other way (most days - heehee!).

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  3. I have a feeling it will be the same thing when I have children but, as you said, I wouldn't want it to be different.

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  4. THIS, the whole wrapped around her finger, is why my husband is terrified to have a daughter. I've been accused of making him the bad guy with our son by giving him tummy time duty. He caught on, took advantage of my delicate post-birth hormonal psyche and guilted me into sharing in the apparent torture known as tummy time. (dramatic much? lol)

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  5. it's like that with my oldest. he is a daddy's boy. but my youngest is a total mommy's boy. :)
    love the pic of them waling away. so cute.

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  6. Aw! You three are such a cute little family :)

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  7. I'm not a parent, but the kiddos I nanny for are like this (boys) with their dad.. and they aren't even completely out of toddler phase! I hope when she's grown up she realizes why you had to be the "bad guy" I did with my mom.. and I thank her for it everyday :)

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  8. Oh goodness, I think my husband will be just like that, haha!

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  9. What adorable photos of your husband and daughter! It sounds like she's a definite daddy's girl!

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  10. Too cute! My kids are too young for this, but I'm not looking forward to the day of me being the bad guy, when it comes.

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  11. awwwwwwwwww this post was too cute!
    :) i can't wait to be a mommy myself!


    :) your daughter is adorable
    i love her halloween outfits!


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  12. Love these pictures of father and daughter!! so cute! I really love the first one! I'm getting married in a few months and while kids are still a little while off I can't wait to see my fiance as a dad, he loves kids!

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  13. Up until recently, I was just the lady that cooked and cleaned around the house. H would scream bloody murder if his daddy so much as looked in another direction. But ever since I've been in my third tri, I think my little man has caught onto the pending arrival of his competition b/c he's been all sorts of lovey toward me. I don't care what the reason is, I'm eating it up. :)

    Pics of daddy/daughter are too presh.

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    This South Korean's Got Seoul

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  14. Oh my goodness, part of me thinks how precious! But at the same time, I know that might be frustrating! My little girl already has her daddy wrapped around her finger and she is only 7 months old!

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  15. oh look at that adorable face she looks up at her daddy, she can tell the love there!! so adorable

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  16. Love those pictures. We don't have kids yet, but I'm certain that's how things will be in our house as well :)

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  17. that last picture is so beautiful. she is perfect in every way!!
    xo TJ

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  18. so sweet! my husband is dying to have a daughter... hmmm maybe someday. LOL. XO

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  19. Oh my gosh I love the daddy daughter love they have!!! SWOOOOON!!! I am also the bad guy at times!:) It works for me!:) I have a feeling it will change as my boys get older though...I feel like I will cave a little more!! eeeek!

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  20. I think that's what every daddy-daughter relationship goes. I know that's how it was with my Daddy and me when I was little, and that's how it is with my Husband and our Daughter. She's got him wrapped around her little finger. And I love watching it!

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  21. Aww daddy's girl :) too cute! You have such a beautiful family. Great pics!

    xo,Natalie

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  22. sweet pictures!! children nowadays are really very intelligent they know who will come to their rescue once they are in a bad shape... but she is very blessed to have you because am sure she will grow up as a nice and adorable person she should ne.... love your blog.. following you now.. hope you could visit my blog too.. kissess!!!

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  23. She knows that Daddy gives her ice cream and Mommy gives her carrots.... that made me laugh out loud! haha! I hear ya girl... DEFINITELY how it is in my house. Sure, I'm the bad guy- but it's so comforting having a loving dad in the house. So great (:

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  24. awww this post is so sweet!! Just melted my heart. xox

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  25. Oh my goodness what an ADORABLE post! P.s. Thanks for the comment on Ladyhub :)

    xoxoAnge

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  26. Awww this so reminds me of my litlle gabby and her daddy i think its a father daughter thing!! sweet post love it!!!

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