Monday, January 4, 2010

All Mixed Up


Even though the boys share identical DNA, there are two distinct physical differences between them that help ensure I will never get them mixed up:

1.  Aidan is the one with the bad hair.

2.  Owen is the one with the pointy ears.

But when their hair gets too long, Aidan's starts to look a little less unruly.  And Owen's pointy ears get covered up.  Which results in many instances of me saying "Aidan, come here so I can put your shoes on" with a puzzled Aidan looking at his already-shod feet while a shoeless Owen indignantly pats his head and says "No mama, I Owen!"

In other words, I can't easily tell them apart right now because they need haircuts.

Usually, I can rely on my trusty sidekick Ashley to help me out with who's who.  She rarely gets them mixed up, and is always first to correct anyone who happens to call one of the boys by the wrong name.  I always thought it was quite big sisterly of her, to stand up for her innocent little brothers and fight against their unjust mislabeling by family and friends alike.        

But then this morning while I was getting ready for work, I heard Ashley say something to "Aidan", who I knew to actually be "Owen."  Surprised that she had gotten the two of them confused given her previous track record, I poked my head out of the bathroom and said, "Ashley, that's Owen, not Aidan."

And Ashley looked at me with an exasperated look on her face and said, "Mommy, I just don't care."

Strangely enough, it's even a more big sisterly response than before.  Who would've thought.


Helene said...

That's hysterical! It totally reminds me of something my daughter would say!!!

Lani said...

Oh wow! Wouldn't it be nice to be able to speak that freely??:)

Sadia said...

Oh dear!

Once again, I am thankful that Melly's facial cleft doesn't cause her medical or social problems ... and am delighted that it makes my monozygotes far from identical! It's really nice to be able to look back at pictures we never got around to labelling and know, without a doubt, whose photo we're looking at.

MamaOtwins+1 said...

That is the best big sis response I've ever heard. I was laughing out loud at my desk.

Little man just chooses to call both his big twin brothers by the same name - they both answer, and he always gets what he wants!

The Lane Family said...

That is so funny!!! It seems like Ashley has no problem just expressing herself when she needs too and being the big sister it may just be her right :)

That is so funny about how you tell them apart!!!

I love your new blog look it is terrific and what a talented husband!!

Steph said...

LOL at Ashley's response!
Sometimes at first glance I mix them up too especially when I can't remeber who is wearing what color that day.

BranderPaul said...

Ashley rocks :) You and me--movie night soon!!!

Anonymous said...

She might as well have just said "Whoever" or "Brother" when she was addressing Owen then. :-) Too funny!

Anonymous said...

Must mention that I love the new digs around here. Feel like it's been ages since we caught up.

BTW, your boys look like angels. Playing all nice and all and playing together. I could only wish.