I am a Boy Mom.
I remember thinking during the gender ultrasound of my second baby that it was certainly a girl (after all, I always dreamed of having one of both genders), and then the technician said, “It’s a boy!”.
Strangely enough, my first thought was “I get to be the Mom of 2 BOYS!!” I was so excited. I love my oldest son, and was so excited to have another boy to love.
As much as I love little boys, there are some things that are unique to raising them.
Yes, there is penis talk, fart jokes, and dirt but there’s so much more about boys that every expecting Boy Mom needs to know.
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Things Moms of Boys Need to Know
1. They Never Stop Moving
I recently visited a friend of mine who has a little girl. That sweet girl sat down for about 30 minutes and worked on crafts. She drew, played with colored tape, and created a beautiful masterpiece. I sat in amazement watching her because my boys were…ahem…
My boys were running around my friend’s house playing fighter planes and then took to digging up her back yard where they scaled her fence and ran in circles around one another.
From the time that their feet hit the floor, until they pass out at night, my boys are running.
Even when they are doing things that require someone to be still, like eating dinner, brushing teeth, or watching TV, my boy are dancing, doing dare devil flips, and bouncing off their seats. Literally.
My oldest son’s preschool teacher had to take his chair away because he kept falling out of it.
They never stop! NEVER!
2. You’ll Need Lots of Clothes
Clothes shopping for little boys is simple. All they need are jeans, shorts, and t-shirts. Easy-peasy.
The hard part is the shear amount of clothes that they go through.
My son didn’t make it through the fall and winter with a single pair of intact blue jeans. I even trudged to the store and bought new ones mid-season and still, every single one of them had massive holes in one or both knees by the time summer hit. So much for passing those down to his brother.
Then there are the shirts. Surely the shirts can be passed down!?
Between the holes, blood stains, and just being worn through, the shirts don’t make it either.
Don’t even get me started on shoes. A new pair lasts anywhere from 3-6 months, tops! They don’t grow out of them, they destroy them. Even though I’d like to blame my son’s favorite Strider Bike for the holes in his shoes, I know that they get torn apart because he never stops moving.
So yes, it’s easier to shop and dress little boys, but you’ll have to buy twice as much!
3. Be Prepared for Injuries
Being a Mom of boys means that you always have to be prepared for injuries.
Boys are naturally more risk takers and I swear my boys skin their knees at least once a week in the summer. They are wearing shorts instead of jeans, so instead of holes in jeans they get skinned up knees.
I’ve learned over the years to always, always have cotton balls, band aids, and a good wound cleanser on hand. I keep mine in a bag that holds all my necessary items (gum, hair ties, hand sanitizer, chapstick, etc.). I throw this bag into whatever handbag I happen to be carrying that day. I never leave home without it!
4. Buy Lots of Food
Oh My Gosh! The food!
My guys are still pretty young, but they can put away some food.
My 5-year-old eats just as much for dinner as my husband does.
I was surprised how much our grocery store bill went up when they started on solid foods, at 8 months! Even as babies, my boys could eat as much as a grown person.
I don’t know what I’m going to do when they are ravenous teenagers. I shudder when I think about it.
5. Cars, and Trucks, and Things That Go
There’s something about things on wheels that boys just can’t get enough of.
I’m sure that one day my boys might grow out of it, but over the past 5 years, our playroom has been covered in train tracks and construction sites.
I tried to incorporate more gender neutral toys into our playroom, but they just sit and get dusty.
Shoot, even for our 3 month summer in DC, I only packed trains, cars, and LEGOs and my boys were more than happy with that the entire time.
Don’t make toy buying hard. Get some matchbox cars, a few dump trucks, trains, and you’re set!
6. They are Sweet
Oh, let me be the first to tell you that boys are so sweet.
Yes, there are lots of fart jokes, penis talk, and boogers, but boys can be exceptionally loving too.
Every day, I hear “I love you” about a thousand times, and get bigger hugs that I ever could have imagined. On those fleeting moments when they do stop moving, they want to cuddle and hold my hand.
Every day, I hear “Mommy, Will You Play With Me.” Because no matter what, boys love to be with their Mama.
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