A few months ago my friend Sara over at Mom Endeavors had a brand new, beautiful baby boy… He joined his two big brothers over at the Mom Endeavors family. Knowing that I had a bit of experience with boys, Sara asked me to write up a little something about them. I shared this over at her blog while she was still recuperating. (Do you ever fully recuperate from childbirth…? I don’t know that you do. You’re certainly never quite the same.)
Anyhow, this is what I thought Sara needed to know:
People will say really dumb things to you when they hear you have all boys. It is usually along the lines of Oh, you are the Queen of the Castle! Let me tell you something:
- No Queen in history has ever had the words “OK! Who peed on the wall?!” come out of her mouth.
- No Queen in history has ever had to give people a lecture about toilet seats, or explain why it’s important to aim for the water, as opposed to just the general target of the toilet itself.
- No Queen in history has ever encountered a real lizard while doing laundry. (True Story)
- No Queen in history has ever had to issue a decree that there will be no stories, jokes or songs about bodily functions at the dinner table.
|Lizard. In my washing machine. Not sure whose pocket he was in. |
They will write on walls, bring home bugs, hit puberty at 60 miles an hour and stink up their rooms.
They break things, lose things and fight over things. Even if you were previously not a big fan of the color pink, you will start to buy personal items in that color. It is the only way you can keep a hold of your hair brush, toothbrush, ear buds, calculator, etc.
If they skin their knees while playing, they will want to keep playing. If they skin their knees while doing chores, they will need to lie down on the couch with their leg elevated.
If one of them cares about hygiene, clothes that match and takes care with his penmanship, the others will not.
They will find it easier to throw clean socks in their wastepaper basket than to throw them into their sock drawer.
They will sleep anywhere.
It’s been said that a boy is noise with dirt on it. This is true. But they are also sweet. And cuddly. They are thoughtful and pick dandelions for you and tell you that you are the! best! mom! ever! They will tell you that your cooking “…is almost as good as store bought!” and will mean it as high praise.
They will track dirt onto a carpet you just vacuumed to give you a hug and tell you they love you.
Raising boys will be the greatest adventure and most rewarding experience of your life and I hope you enjoy every single moment of it! (Even if you can’t enjoy some of those moments until after they’re in bed and you’ve had yourself a glass of wine.)
**Update: Sara sure didn’t need any advice from me! She is handling all 3 boys in stride and is busy cooking, crafting and dispensing all sorts of wisdom over at her blog. I do hope you check it out.