When I was pregnant with my first baby, I absolutely, 100% knew I was going to have a boy. There was no question in my mind about this. When our boy was 6 months old, we thought it to be a good idea to get a puppy. Naturally a boy dog. After the initial house training, our cute little Beagle mix was the best addition to the family. Fast forward a
couple of years and my husband needed another dog in his life. So he brought home to cutest fuzzy Great Dane mix puppy. Quickly, HE became a large addition to our family. Now our family didn’t need anything else, but wouldn’t you know it God had other plans for me. We welcomed a second baby BOY into our home at the time our first boy was starting Kindergarten. Shortly after this my husband’s first son, who was 12 at the time, started living with us as well.
Here I find myself with two dogs, 3 boys, and a loving husband. We have been married for six years and I have learned a lot.
- Stopping for the bathroom isn’t a big deal – They don’t usually get it that I need to go into a stall and sit down to use the bathroom. Apparently they can just go anywhere and anytime. Considering one of them is still in diapers this is literally true. Let’s not even talk about when we have to take road trips. My husband works a lot so I will occasionally take the kids to see my family in Tennessee which is about a six hour drive. I get to be in charge of those trips.
- They all need ME – I am for sure they will all need me forever! My Mom told me that she was certain I and my sisters were ready for college, driving, and dates. However, my brother really needed her. I feel the same way about my boys. As a parent, I love to be needed and for some reason boys and moms just have a good relationship. And of course, I baby them as much as possible.
- No one seems to understand the importance of a bath – For a mom a bath isn’t a time to get clean or play time. This is a time where we will shave our legs because we aren’t very good at doing it standing up. Also we can escape the boys who want to chat with you while you are using the bathroom. But really, it is a time to relax and escape from the kids, boss, husband, kitchen, car, and dogs. I can shut the door and literally just feel myself floating on the waves of my very own beach. However, no one else seems to have time for that.
- Keeping Band-Aids and antibacterial EVERYWHERE – I keep them in the diaper bag, my car, upstairs, and downstairs. Sometimes I will have some in my purse too. While all children whether boy or girl will hurt themselves, I have just heard boys are a little more rambunctious. I am not even sure how it happens, but my son could hurt himself playing on the carpet. He actually thinks he is Spider-Man and feels the need to jump from the couch to the wall and then the floor.
- Ummm smelly! – These boys of mine actually produce their own heat while sleeping. Walking outside they will have those small beads of sweat on their nose. My Great Dane, Jack, can actually sweat like no other. So after a day doing anything, but sitting they smell. So that makes my house smell. After 6 years, I have found some pretty awesome ways to mask this in my house, but doesn’t change the fact that boys smell.
- Communication, what? – The question of “How was your day?” could be answered with a shrug or “It was ok” every time. I researched how to get boys to tell you how their day was at school by not actually asking that question. However, from my experience you will just hear it when they want to tell you and not a moment before. I could talk forever about my day to my husband and for the most part he acts like he is listening and I will take it. When it comes to his day, however, it was “ok”.
Join me as I venture through this life with all of my boys.
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