Maggie laughs her head off when I finally get exasperated and say, "Ok, Maggie you've said that enough. Clear it and start again." She does clear the sentence and start again, but generally just changes the sentence a little bit. Dad, Hello dad might become "Dad, good morning." with an accompanying wicked grin.
When she came up with "Dad, go to work Dad" it quickly became a favorite morning comment.
There is a slight chance that she knows it drives us crazy and she gets a wee bit of enjoyment out of that.
Steve was sitting in the other chair doing some work. He was right next to Maggie and hearing all of this but letting me respond because it was clear she was talking to me. Finally I said, "Hey dad, do you know what day tomorrow is?" He didn't even look up but got the point. He said, "I'm not sure....Thursday?"
Maggie slammed her hand down on her tray which is her sign for NO! (and when she slams it like that it's more of a "oh HELL no.") Steve and I started to laugh and Maggie was a bit mad for a minute but even she finally started laughing. I still don't know what she wanted me to say in return, but it was good to turn the tables on her.
Still, I have a sneaking suspicion we will pay for that little trick tonight.