*This post originally appeared on Her View From Home
I’ve always been somewhat of a tomboy. I grew up playing a variety of sports and have never been a fan of pink and frilly things.
Things haven’t changed since becoming an adult woman. I still have the bad habit of occasionally biting my nails, so they are bare of polish. I only wear dresses on the most special of occasions, like a wedding, and I own two pairs of high heels that I haven’t worn in about three years.
I prefer jeans and a t-shirt, running around town in my tennis shoes and my hair pulled back in ponytail. I applaud women who put a lot of time and effort into their appearance, and enjoy places like the spa. But that’s just not me.
So when my husband and I started planning our family, I wasn’t sure what life would be like if we had a baby girl. Neither of us had a preference for a son or daughter, but having a little girl slightly terrified me. Would I be “girly” enough for my daughter?
Turns out, it didn’t matter, because we were blessed with not only one, but two beautiful boys. I’m officially a boy mom.
While I navigate the complicated world that is motherhood and continue to find my place, I’m quickly learning that I don’t know much about raising two little boys. Here’s what I’ve learned so far as a boy mom:
- Once you potty train a boy, you are basically just swapping diaper changes for wiping pee off every bathroom surface.
- Related to the point above, boys are fascinated by peeing outside and will find any opportunity to do so. At least it’s less urine for you to clean up.
- Moms make the best jungle gyms.
- Butts (and their sounds) are apparently the funniest.
- A little boy’s energy is limitless. They can, and will, run circles around you.
- They love to squish bugs under their light-up shoes (except caterpillars and grasshoppers because “them are nice”).
- They fill their backpack with Hot Wheels and are ready for an adventure at any moment.
- Their sweet little hands reach for you when they get hurt, seeking the comfort of mom’s loving arms.
- We are charged with raising boys who are comfortable with their emotions and will grow into good men who respect and support women.
- Little boys love their mamas in a way you can never prepare for and it fills your heart to the point of where it is always on the brink of exploding.
My journey as a boy mom has only just begun and I can’t wait to see not what I can teach my sons, but what they can teach me.