Guy

Being a Boy Mom

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I vividly remember being in the ultrasound room and the technician saying “it’s a boy”. I remember Brandon and I both crying because we were so excited. The first grandson for both of our parents. As I set out to shop for new boy clothes all I could seem to find were Spiderman and Cars with the occasional Thomas the Train. I remember thinking “NO! I don’t know anything about this stuff and I don’t want to know anything about this stuff.” My last week of teaching a little boy brought in a Transformer for show-and-tell and I could not put it back together and I remember that little boy saying “don’t worry guys, Teacher Jenna doesn’t do boy toys”. I remember going home and crying. That student was so right, Teacher Jenna didn’t do boy toys and I really didn’t want to know much about it.

I grew up with a sister, I have a sister-in-law, I had nieces, I had a daughter. I knew girls. I love the color pink and sparkles and cheetah print, I know all the My Little Ponies and grew up playing Barbies and making friendship bracelets. I didn’t know boys.

I didn’t know boys at all. The first night we brought Guy home from the hospital I went to change his diaper and no one had told me to cover anything and then BAM…pee in my face in the middle of the night. I did not know boys.

Now I know boys…I kind of understand them. They can’t sit still for long, they want to run and wrestle and everything makes a noise. My little boy would rather tear something apart to find out how it works than to put a puzzle together. My little boy makes a noise for everything and teaches me how to make the right noises.

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My little boy wants to learn everything that his dad or Papa does. Is there dirt involved? Great, he is in!

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Laughter and jokes are really important character traits. If it talks about underwear or farting, even better.

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Nerf guns are seriously the coolest toys ever.

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I have learned that little boys love to go on adventures…

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…but they HATE going shopping.

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Being a boy mom means constantly feeding a bottomless pit.

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Being a boy mom allows me to see sportsmanship in action. It allows me to see the bond between boys and their teammates. Being a boy mom lets me see someone hungry with a competitive spirit, where fairness is important, and being a good teammate is superior. Showing up to practice is just as important as the game, and the game doesn’t matter if you don’t try your best.

 

While I had no desire to learn about Spiderman or Thomas the Train, I have learned so much from this little boy. Laughter is the best medicine, friends are everything, it’s the simple things in life that mean the most, don’t sweat the small stuff, laugh often, work hard, and “always listen to your Papa because they are your best friend.”  While I was terrified of being a boy mom and feeling like I would be out of the loop and have nothing to offer, God placed this little boy in our family. So while I teach him his spelling words and reading, he is teaching me so much more.

-Jenna

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32 thoughts on “Being a Boy Mom

  1. I have a boy and a girl and I will take the boy stuff over the girl stuff any and every day of the week. Girls are tough and dramatic and a bundle of hormones waiting to explode. My son is even keel and just super fun to be with every day. I know this probably makes me unlikable – I love my daughter – but boys are so much more easier to parent in my own opinion! Sweet, sweet post! xoxoxox

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    1. Thank you so much Amanda! I know exactly what you are saying about boys and girls. Maddi is emotionally charged, where Guy is pretty mellow. I think it is really interesting to see how my kids balance each other out too!

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  2. Crying…as a mom of three boys, it is all I know. While I longed for a girl, my life is as God meant it to be and one day I shall have a granddaughter! MY heart swells for my sons and what they have taught me. Guy is about as precious as he can be!!! I love this post!

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  3. I will always contend little boys are made specially for a momma’s heart! I’m always shocked at what I find they have destroyed for the sake of seeing how something works. Letting go enough to allow them to have adventure is sometimes hard but they so need it.

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    1. Shelly, the destroying of things to see how they work is something I have NEVER thought about. Also, the ability to turn anything into a weapon….like a piece of toast…and then the sound affects. You are right, allowing them to have adventures is hard, but they do need it. Thank you!

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  4. Awww!!! Such a sweet post for your little boy. I always thought I would end up having at least one boy, if not two. But I guess God had different plans for me. It’s true that He gives us just what we need to fill our hearts though. So sweet to see how much joy he has brought to your life.

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    1. It is so true that he gives us what we need to fill our hearts. I think God worked to fill a lot of people’s hearts when he gave us Guy. Isn’t it so funny how it works out with our kiddos, Brandon and I both thought we would have two or three girls, never did we think we would get a little boy. And seeing the two of them (Brandon and Guy) together really melts my heart.

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  5. I feel the exact same way. I thought Solon was a girl because I knew how to do girl things but the Good Lord put Solon in my life for such good reasons and I am so thankful to have him as my son and for all he has taught me literally and figuratively. I can now throw a football with a nice spiral ;). xoxo ERIN

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    1. Who knew they could teach us so much! I mean, I can actually catch a football and a baseball and play a pretty mean round of thumb war. I also soak up the fact that as of right now, I can beat him at arm wrestling, but I know this is all going to go downhill very quickly and very soon! Lol!

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  6. I love this! Your little guy is so cute. I was the opposite and terrified to have girls. I have a sister, but I also have three brothers and my husband is one of three boys. Now with two sons I feel like I wouldn’t know what to do with a girl, but you make it work, right? You are an awesome boy mama! xo, Sierra Beautifully Candid

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  7. This post gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes! I was so right there with you with being a boy mom. I have a sister and we were raised by a single mom…. I just thought I would have daughters. Oh but my Ian Michael wormed his way into my heart and has permanent resident there even when most days he drives me to the brink of insanity.
    Oh and the bottomless pit…just wait till they have a bedroom full of friends….last Friday I was convinced I would never fill up 3 12-year-old boys!

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    1. Boys just have their mama’s wrapped around their fingers. I love when I hear “I love you Mommy!!!” from across the lunch room at school. Sadly, I know these days are coming to an end, but I love that little boy and I can’t wait for him to bring friends over and raid our fridge when they are older!

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    1. That is really sweet Stephanie! We were really excited to have a boy as well. My dad had only girls and a sister, and then my husband’s family only has girls so a boy was really exciting for everyone!

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  8. Haha, my son does the same thing at Target with that cart, and Costco and anywhere else he can fit down there, lol! When I found out I was having a girl as my second, I freaked out, I only knew boys and was so scared to have a girl!

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    1. I remember being so scared to have a boy when reality set in. Now, I know more about Marvel characters than I ever imagined I would! 🙂

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