I had thought this stage would be over by now. The "Why?" stage that is. I thought the "Why?" stage was when the child was learning to converse and asking "why?" was a way to keep the conversation going. Apparently the "Why?" question morphs from innocent questioning to full on interrogation at 4 and a half years old. I actually believe that Hannah asks "why?" most of the time now just to drive me nuts, knowing full well that there simply is not an answer. And if I don't have an answer handy, she usually demands, "well, why do you THINK?" forcing me to come up with some half assed answer to appease her. In my more patient moments I'm able to calmly think of answers to all of her questions and am able to satisfy her curiosity. On my less patient days I either speak the words I swore I'd never speak, "because that's just the way it is" or "because I said so" or I say, "Hannah, could you PLEASE stop asking Why?!!!" (gasp!) and this is when I see her little smirk and know she was egging me on all along.