[It's the Little Things] Being a Boy Mom.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I was perusing Facebook the other day on my lunch break and came across this article on today.com that someone shared. I just love it and found it to be so true.

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Article is from today.com
Original photos were replaced with pictures of me and Mason or a collage made by me.

Boys tend to have a strong and consistent love for their moms from the get-go — and it's a feeling that lasts for the long haul.


When you have a girl, you know that you can always fall back on your own childhood memories to guide you as a parent. But unless you grew up with a brother, there's a good chance that parts of raising a boy can take you by surprise. From the sports obsession to the penis comparisons, here are 10 things I wish I'd known about bringing up boys.



1. There will be planes, trains and automobiles.



Even if you stock your nursery with mixed-gender toys like baby dolls and play kitchens, odds are matchbox cars and trucks will multiply on their own in your home, boats will line your bathtub and train track will loop around your floor. Little boys adore anything that flies, sails, drives, digs or mixes. “I could have never anticipated the amount of fun he can have with just a few cars,” said mom of two Dana McCranie. “I love watching his little fingers wrapped around two cars and imagining what he sees as he drives them around with animation and sound effects.”



2. Boys don’t stop moving.



From the moment they come bouncing into your bed at 5:30 in the morning until they pass out at bedtime, boys go. Sometimes it seems like they have only two speeds — fast and faster. This means that your toddler could be sitting on the floor shaking a rattle one minute and when you turn your head, he will have summitted the dining room table. He may not ever slow down, but you’ll learn to pick up the pace. “Give them goals,” said dad of three Randolph RoVino. “Give them the tools. Give them encouragement to use the energy that they have. And have your sneakers on!”


Watch out: Most boys are always on the go.



3. Clothes shopping will be a piece of cake.




A girl’s wardrobe can be sizable. But boys? Well, there are pants, sneakers and T-shirts. There are no outfits. Everything, essentially, goes together. “There may be fewer options in the store, but I’ll happily dress a boy over a girl any day,” said mom of one Bonnie Vengrow. “The palette is simple, the clothes are cute, and he’ll let me dress him with no fuss.”



4. His fascination with his penis starts sooner than you think.


Chalk it up to the cave man instinct, but boys play with their penises practically from birth. (And those baby erections? Whoa.) Once he figures out it’s there, it’ll be everything you can do to keep his hands from drifting down there all the time.“I remember other moms warning me when I had my first son, ‘Don't worry if he touches his thing all the time. It's normal,’” said mom of two Melissa Phipps. “I'm still not sure if my 8-year-old is in the normal range, but whenever he had a free moment, he whips it out. Ironically, the only time he doesn't have his hand on his penis is when he's using the toilet and should be holding it to aim correctly. That's when it can't be tamed.”



5. Roughhousing is innate.

Boys are physical. There's the jumping off furniture, the rolling on each other, the "hug" that turns into a full-body running tackle. It's often how they connect and express affection. “My sons constantly have to touch each other and be near each other,” said mom of two Stacy Genovese. “We recently finished our basement and it’s a huge playroom but yet they both have to play right on top of each other and then it’s the inevitable ‘He hit me!’, ‘No, he hit him first!’”



Exhausting? Yes. Normal and healthy? Absolutely. This kind of physical interaction can foster positive relationships, boost the body's feel-good chemicals and promote intelligence — even if it means stuff around the house is going to get broken.



6. You’ll probably make a trip to the emergency room.


There are boys and there are coffee tables and these two things often add up to stitches. You will learn to anticipate the most dangerous risks (and you might want to buy cushioned corners for the coffee table before your son can even pull up), but there will be a time when you're just a second too late and you land up driving to the ER. Don’t blame yourself — it's a rite of passage for all boy moms. “It's hard not to feel ashamed when it happens, but don't worry. Other parents sympathize,” Phipps said.



7. Pee will be everywhere. Everywhere.


On the floor. Behind the toilet. On the wall. All over the seat that they neglected to lift up. Apparently, it takes time and an attention span not to spray the entire bathroom while urinating. “Peeing everywhere never stops — argh!,” said mom Shirlie Sharpe. “The only thing that changes is that as they get bigger, their range increases.” Your best bet: Keep some Clorox wipes at the ready and remind yourself that unless there's poop involved, your child won't ever need to sit on a dirty public toilet seat. Oh, and it's incredibly easy for them to pee behind a tree in the park.


Boys tend to approach things differently than girls. “My girls never thought to make puzzles in the nude!” said Gina Ferrara, a mom of three.



8. You’ll learn not to compare your son to girls.


(Addison's request!)

Watch a girl the same age as your nonstop ball of energy sit quietly and use glitter glue for 45 minutes and you may want to cry. Girls often reach milestones earlier and excel at many essential school skills like reading and, er, sitting still. “The girls in my son Ian’s class and the daughters of my friends are way more advanced than my boys,” Genovese said. “They’re just more aware of the world around them. One friend with girls the same ages as my boys said, ‘For me, it’s all mental. For you, it’s all physical.‘ And that’s exactly right.”



Boys can also approach things differently, which is part of the fun. Case in point: “My girls never thought to make puzzles in the nude!” said mom of three Gina Ferrara.



9. The goofiness starts early.



There will be days when you watch your son with his friends and you just won't get it. Boy humor can be extra goofy and the potty humor starts as soon as they can talk. “Who knew the love of fart jokes was part of a boy's development?” said Phipps. “At some point after learning to talk, farts will be all your little one talks about. I am not sure when the phase ends.” So trust that you will be told that your dinner tastes like poop. You'll be called poopy head and poopy pants. If you laugh (and it's often hard not to) or scold, you just give the poop talk more value. So try to keep a straight face at least until you can vent on Facebook.



10. Boys adore their moms.



There's a strong and consistent love that comes from boys from the get-go — and stays there through the long haul. “Whenever you come home, it’s like being a rock star in your own home,” Genovese said.


Phipps agrees, “The thing I will miss most when my boys grow up is the adoring way they look at me and stroke my face and hair. They are such little romantics. I will say to my 6-year-old, ‘You're cute’ and he'll respond ‘You're cuter!’ It almost makes it worth being the only female in an all-male household.”

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And my experience?


1. There will be planes, trains and automobiles.

This has become so true, especially lately. We own more cars, trucks, planes, trains, and anything else with wheels than I can count on my fingers and toes and Seth's fingers and toes combined!


Even if you stock your nursery with mixed-gender toys like baby dolls and play kitchens, odds are matchbox cars and trucks will multiply on their own in your home, boats will line your bathtub and train track will loop around your floor. Little boys adore anything that flies, sails, drives, digs or mixes. “I could have never anticipated the amount of fun he can have with just a few cars,” said mom of two Dana McCranie. “I love watching his little fingers wrapped around two cars and imagining what he sees as he drives them around with animation and sound effects.”



2. Boys don’t stop moving.


At the end of the day, I think I am more tired than he is!



3. Clothes shopping will be a piece of cake.


Amen! Jeans, shorts, t-shirts, and sweatshirts and my boy is looking cute and ready to go!



A girl’s wardrobe can be sizable. But boys? Well, there are pants, sneakers and T-shirts. There are no outfits. Everything, essentially, goes together. “There may be fewer options in the store, but I’ll happily dress a boy over a girl any day,” said mom of one Bonnie Vengrow. “The palette is simple, the clothes are cute, and he’ll let me dress him with no fuss.”



4. His fascination with his penis starts sooner than you think.


Oh jeez. I hate to admit this, but this is so true. EVERY TIME I change his diaper, I have to swat his hand away. God forbid I reach for something and take my eyes of for a second... hands are right back where they shouldn't be!


5. Roughhousing is innate.


This is true for the most part. My boy is pretty sweet and per the usual, he doesn't really rough house unless Seth eggs him on. But, recently, get him in a room with his cousins, and it's all over for someone! Haha.


6. You’ll probably make a trip to the emergency room.


THANK GOODNESS this hasn't happened yet. But we have had our fair share of bumps, bruises, and scrapped knees.


7. Pee will be everywhere. Everywhere.

True. True. And true. While Mason is not potty trained yet, this statement is still very, very applicable. Remembered when I mentioned that he peed on the side of the bath tub and then again after his bath? Well he did it AGAIN on his birthday, in a bathroom at Downtown Disney. Thank goodness all my donut eating for breakfast had me on a sugar high with reflexes like a cat. Saved Mason from having to wear pee soaked shorts all day :) 


8. You’ll learn not to compare your son to girls.


So true. I feel like I do this too often (especially in regards to milestones and stuff), but boys are SO different than girls. There is no comparing.



9. The goofiness starts early.


Oh gosh, does it ever. Mason is the funniest kid I know!


10. Boys adore their moms.


Melt. My. Momma. Heart. LOVE this boy so much!




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12 comments:

  1. oh lord the pee thing, count me out! The rest is pretty sweet though! Nobody loves you like your son will! oh and fingers crossed for no emergency room trips, although if Aria is anything like Chris I'm sure we'll be there too...hopefully not.

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  2. Haha these are all SO true! Boys will be boys!

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  3. These are so true! Great article. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. When I read that article I thought... amen sister! Right on target! Being a boy Mom has it's perks - shopping is so simple and fairly inexpensive - while the idea of teaching someone to pee standing up? I'm going to need wine and chocolate reinforcements.

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  5. Love this! I'm totally learning not to compare Henry to a girl. So much different!

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  6. Ah. :) I saw the article too and loved reading it (and probably almost cried the whole time, damn hormones). This is so sweet and such good reminders. Boys are such a blessing..!!

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  7. I'm a mother to four girls (one of my own and three step-daughters). I also have two sons. Both are very, very different. Although I don't love any one kid more than the other, it's been much easier raising my boys. They are teens now and my boys still melt my heart every day with their affection and kindness towards me.

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    1. I so agree. I mean, I don't have anyone to compare Mason to, but my two nieces are very different than my son. I used to think I wanted to be a girl mom, but I kinda love this boy mom thing!

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  8. I loved reading this! My son is now 11 and obviously doesn't need his Momma as much as he used too. I find myself holding on even tighter and my husband reminds me often that I need to "loosen up the strings" a little bit. It's so sad :( My daughter is only 1 so I can't compare them just yet..but the difference between my son and my niece (who is 1 month older) is CRAZY! GIRLS ARE SO MUCH DRAMA!

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  9. i totally laughed at this! with babe #2 coming this sums up my fears over maybe having a boy-- its so unknown for me! from the penis to the wardrobe :)

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  10. I so love this. My 4 year old son brought a whole new world of experiences to my life :)

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  11. I didn't see this online but I am glad you shared it! I'm glad to know that Myles is totally normal! It's so funny how those things are 100% true! Man I love being a boy mom!

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