[BOY MOMS] Tif from Bright on a Budget

Monday, September 22, 2014

Quick little announcement : so sorry to all who wanted to enter the Dear Owen Co. giveaway last week... I don't know what happened to the rafflecopter. I have fixed it now and extended the deadline to enter to Saturday the 27th. To enter : click here. So sorry!!

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Hi there!  My name is Tif and I blog at Bright on a Budget.  I'm an attorney (in-house counsel), wife, and fellow #boymom to Kane, who's almost 16 months old.  I'm also a dedicated bargain hunter, who's committed to never paying full-price for anything.  My blog gives tips, tricks, and deals for beauty, life, and style, helping you to be bright on a budget!

I found out I was pregnant 2 months after my grandma passed away (and 5 days after I found out I passed the bar).  My grandma was like a second mom to me and I was absolutely devastated when she passed away.  While I didn't have a preference about whether I wanted a boy or a girl, I just felt like I was having a girl as soon as those 2 lines popped up on the pregnancy test.  I even had the name picked out, after my grandma's name. Also, all of my friends had girls.  In my mind, a girl would be easier to deal with because I was familiar with girl babies.  And when I let myself think about it, those big bows were awful cute!  It wasn't until maybe a week before my gender ultrasound that I started to think that maybe, just maybe, I wasn't having a girl. . .maybe it was a boy. My husband and I went to Baby Belly Spa at 16 weeks to find out our baby's gender earlier than we could at the doctor.  After a failed try, some walking around, and drinking 5 cups of water, she announced we were having a boy!  Happy tears welled up in my eyes, and I got really excited.  A boy--Kane!


After the excitement calmed down, though, my mind started working overtime (I overanalyze everything).  I hadn't spent much time contemplating a boy, and truth be told, I was nervous.  Girls I could handle. Boys were a whole new ballgame.  Snakes and snails and all that.  I'm a very girly-girl. How was I going to be a good boy-mom???  And let's be honest -- I did mourn those hair bows and frilly dresses just a little.  I determined, however, that I was going to be an awesome boy-mom to Kane, and set out to do just that. When they laid Kane in my arms, I knew then and there that if I never had a girl, that'd be okay -- I'd take a whole football team full of boys any time.


So if you find yourself in this situation of finding out that you're having a boy but feeling a little lost, here's some things you should know: 

 1. Dressing a boy can be just as fun as dressing a girl, and there are some adorable boy clothes out there!  Plus, you don't have to fight to keep that big bow on their head all the time :)


2. The snuggles are awesome. 

 3. You will need to take extra precautions anytime you have that diaper off! 

 4. You'll learn how to be a boy mom, or any other mom for that matter, as you go along--don't expect to know everything up front (except for #3. . .boy moms must know #3). 

 5. You can do something fun for a boy's nursery.  Thanks to Pinterest, you're not stuck with the usual suspects :) I had picked out everything for a girl's nursery, so I let my husband make the final call on what to do Kane's in -- baby bots it was!


6.  If they say "Wow!" in that little voice of wonderment, do not be suckered in by how cute it is -- there's something they've done to which "Wow!" is their reaction, and it probably involves something mischievous!  

 Being a boy mom may not have been what I was expecting, or what I was prepared for, but I wouldn't have it any other way!  The insecurities and fears quickly melted away once I got used to the idea if having a boy -- it just took a slight change in mindset. Kane is almost 16 months old now, and my little boy melts my heart every day.  I love his inquisitiveness, his penchant for getting dirty, and his sweet kisses for mommy!


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If you would like to share a post about you and your son, email me at chasinmasonblog@gmail.com .
I would love to feature you! You don't have to have a blog to participate!


9 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness he is too adorable! I was baby shopping for a friend who is having another girl the other day, and started looking at all the adorable little boys clothes. Makes me hope I get to dress a little man one day, too. And the nursery is so cute :)

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    1. Thanks, Caitlin! I was surprised by how cute some of the clothes are. And the nursery, while cute, was in our other house, which we no longer have. It's a long story, but from the time I got pregnant until I went back to work from maternity leave, we had 2 houses 2.5 hrs apart that we had to commute between:/

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    1. Thanks, Becky! I was never disappointed to be having a boy, just intimidated, but I hope this posts helps some women who are feeling a little blue over buying blue:)

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  3. Kane is soo cute Tif! I enjoyed reading your story and tips. It's all true (I have two boys) I was surprised my first was a boy too. Great post and feature. Rachel xo

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! Isn't it funny how sometimes we're surprised, but it all turns out perfect in the end?

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  4. Love the name Kane! I have two boys and I honestly can't imagine having it any other way! Great feature! XX

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    1. Thanks! His full name is Kane Alexander. We wanted something slightly different but strong. I can't imagine having a girl at this point, even though it was all I could imagine at first.

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  5. Elizabeth, thanks for allowing me to be a guest blogger for your #boymoms series! It was a fun post to write!

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