Do you have a friend who just found out she is expecting a boy and isn’t sure quite what to think?
That’s how I felt four years ago when I brought Boy #1 home from the hospital. I grew up with four girl cousins and two sisters. (And, not to be forgotten, one brother, but he was ten years older than me). I liked painted toenails and long walks on the beach. :) I went to every football game my high school ever played (thank you, marching band) and still managed to graduate without understanding football. What did I know about boys?
I’ve learned a LOT about little boys in the last few years. It has been baptism by fire over here, but I love it! Next time a friend of yours finds out she is expecting a BOY (?!?), point her to this list of 18 reasons being a mother to boys will be one of the best things you’ll ever do!
1. Boys are adorable in boxer briefs. If the morning is off to a rough start, I put the boys in boxer briefs and let them run around for a good while. I can’t help but laugh whenever they try to talk to me seriously while wearing them!
2. My boys, at least, could differentiate between almost every vehicle on the road (truck, van, tractor, bus) before they could consistently identify their colors.
3. Boys could sit and stare at a parked fire truck for half an hour without moving. (We do this whenever a fire truck parks at the nearby grocery store!)
4. Boys love trains. Mine will happily chill in their carseats if we’re sitting in the parking lot of a train station. I can catch up on work-related phone calls, and they munch some goldfish and eagerly anticipate the train. It’s a win-win!
5. As a general rule, emotional drama is minimal, or at the very least, short-lived. I remember the first time a visiting little girl (less than two years old!) hid behind our couch with hurt feelings. At first I was sure she had been hurt, because my boys would never hold onto their feelings for that long. They tend to move on fast.
6. Along those lines, boys tend not to hold grudges.
7. They can stand up to do their toilet business, which is especially nice in public restrooms.
8. On a roadtrip, it’s easy to pull over and let them go potty in the middle of nowhere. (Unfortunately, they may also get the idea that this is appropriate at the local park, so beware!)
9. Dad gets to be on bathroom duty more often when you have a boy. It just feels more natural for me to send my sons into public restrooms with their dad, when we’re all together. I don’t mind the break!
10. Boys can be endlessly entertained by online videos along the lines of “There’s a crocodile in my pool!” (Parental involvement advised anytime YouTube is involved!)
11. Boys growl. Instinctively. It can get pretty funny.
12. Boy screaming is a bit lower pitched than girl screaming. I hear girls screaming in fun at the park and am shocked at how loud and high it sounds to my ears. (Even though I am plenty accustomed to boy screaming!)
13. Boys love, love, love tools. (And flashlights!)
14. Boys will grow to be recreational companions for Dad. I am banking on them being much better skiing and surfing companions for their dad than I am!
15. Boys will save you a lot of money on clothes (though probably not on food!). Because super cute boy clothes are not as abundant as super cute girl clothes, most of us boy mamas tend to buy less, which saves money and space in storage.
16. Even toy shopping for boys is fairly simple. Most little boys like to build, so buy a set of big wooden blocks, a couple sizes of legos, and a set of train tracks. Throw in some cars and balls, and you’re good to go!
17. Boys need a lot of physical exertion, so you will burn a ton of calories chasing them around at parks or playing tag inside your house!
The other day my boys and I spent the better part of an hour seeing how much popcorn a spider web on our patio could hold. Then we spent the better part of another hour talking about how happy the spider was going to be when it came home to discover its web was full of popcorn. Which brings me to #18 . . .
18. Thanks to your boys, your life will become more hilarious and random than you ever could have imagined. And I think you’re going to love it.