Monday, August 23, 2010

Which Side Is The Wrong Side Anyways?

Although he wakes up quite early, Mitchell is not a morning person.  I think eventually he will discover that it is a wonderful thing to be able to go back to sleep if you want to, but so far, he is lugging his tired body out of bed much too early.  We have learned to give him his space for a while before trying to interact much with him or we are greeted with silence and glares at best and tears and angry words at worst.  

This morning was a classic example of "morning Mitchell."  When I denied his request for a popsicle for breakfast, he had a melt-down.  After sending him back to bed until he could interact with us pleasantly, Ben and I got to talking about "the wrong side of the bed."  I told Ben that Mitchell seems to always wake up on the wrong side, which made Ben think for a minute or two.  Here is our conversation: 

Ben: Which side is the wrong side, mom?
Me: Whichever side Mitchell gets out of.
Ben: But I watched him get out and it was the right side!
Me: How do you know?
Ben: Because it was the side without the guard rail!
Me: Well, that must be the wrong side I guess.
Ben: No!  It's the right side!  
Me: Why do you think that?
Ben: That's the side I got out of and I'm so happy I feel like singing! 

At this point I had to cut off the conversation because he made a logical point and also because I needed to point out that some sayings aren't necessarily logical - they are just funny sayings.  "Well, that is a pretty silly saying, but it is kinda funny."

Unfortunately, when Mitchell came down to attempt a more positive attitude, Ben had to bring up this discussion with Mitchell (who is far from logical and even farther from humor in the morning) and insisted he understand the idea of "waking up on the wrong side."  This insistence quickly led to more tears on Mitchell's part and one more trip back to bed.  He must have climbed over the guard rail the third time though, because he came down only pretending to scowl and not doing a very convincing job.  All I had to do was whip the camera out to capture the moment when a smile broke through the storm that was Mitchell's morning.  

By the way, we had Cheerios for breakfast, not popsicles.


  1. Awww Debbie that's classic - Sounds like Amy in the mornings! Amy can also "get out of the wrong side" MOST mornings ( a bit like her daddy ) Adam and I are the morning people in our house!!!

  2. We all get up at the crack of dawn here, but i'm not sure any of us are really "morning people" :)

    I almost put in here that he reminds me of my sister before she had a baby in the mornings, but thought she might read it in the morning and be mad! :)

  3. Was gonna say! I know how he feels! :)

  4. Was pretty funny. I keep trying to switch sides of the bed with Deb - bc my side is the "wrong" side: It is sagging more than Deb's for some reason :)



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