Me First

This morning at the breakfast table, Ella noticed Penny’s bouncy seat had turned off. It has a fish mobile on it that plays music and the two fish inside blow bubbles and kiss each other. Penny likes to watch it and I frequently put her in it when I’m trying to take care of the other two.
“More, Mommy,” Ella said.
“More what, Ella? More juice?”
“Nope.”
“More toast?”
“Nope.”
“More what?”
“More fish.”
“More fish? You can’t have goldfish for breakfast, Ella.”
“No, more baby fish.”
“Baby fish? What are you talking about?”
Samantha figured out the interpretation first, and quickly jumped off her chair. Ella started to get down, too, but Sammy was faster and closer. She turned on the bouncy seat fish mobile.
“I got it, Mommy,” she said proudly, climbing back on her chair before Ella managed to get off hers.
This promptly started screaming from Ella, “NO! ME! ME DO!”
She ran over to the bouncy seat and turned it off, which started Penny, who had indeed wanted to see more fish blowing bubbles, whining and fussing.
Ella put her hands on her hips and squared off to Sammy.
“Me do, Sammy,” she said. “Me do.”
Ella then turned back on the fish mobile.
“Me do first, Sammy,” she said.
“No you didn’t. I did it first. You did it second,” corrected Samantha.
“No, me first,” insisted Ella.
“No, me first,” said Samantha.
This continued for five, yes five whole minutes before I thought to distract them with the Sea Monkeys. I was not on top of my game this morning.

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