I am a girl. I have a sister. I have several cousins that I grew up with of which the majority (all but 2) were girls.
I didn't know boys.
When I was a teenager I refused to change said boy cousin diapers because they were boys and they might pee while I was changing them. Thank you America's Funniest Home Videos. I was so excited when baby #1 was a girl. I knew girls. And I wanted to buy those cute little girl rompers with the ruffly butts. Imagine my surprise when baby #2 was a boy. And Big Girl's surprise when baby #3 was a boy too. (She already had a brother, she didn't need another one thankyouverymuch.)
What was I going to do with boys? How was I going to teach them to pee standing up? Or how to burp the alphabet?
But boys, boys are cool. Little boys are very cool. Little men, now they are are full of awesome.
- Bugs are cool. So are reptiles, amphibians, snails and anything else they can dig out from under a log. Just please stop trying to put them in your pockets.
- They give huge hugs. Brace yourself because every hug and kiss is delivered with gusto and as much excitement as possible.
- You can fly. Or they think they can. Any flat surface, or not so flat surface for that matter, can be jumped off of or jumped on. Beds and couches are just launching devices.
- Loud is good; quiet is bad. If they are loud I know where they are and what they are doing. Quiet means they are somewhere they shouldn't be (my bathroom), doing something they shouldn't (seeing if GI Joe can swim in the toliet).
- "No" means "Are you sure you mean no?" or how many different ways can I ask a question to get the answer I want.
- Trucks are cool too. Any truck. Dump truck, fire truck, especially monster trucks. You can crash them or make them jump through flaming hoops. Ok, maybe not flaming hoops but you get the picture.
- We don't cry, we retaliate. I'll admit that when I was little if my sister took a swing at me or I got thumped on the head- I cried to mom. Even my Big Girl does. Not the boys. They have adopted the swing first and ask questions later approach. It may lead to several trips to the time out spot.
- No fuss, no muss hair. Right now they are young enough where we get the say in their hair length. We keep it to relatively medium lengths though. No buzz cuts and no long hair and no need to comb it.
- If I tell them that daddy killed it, they will eat it. The husband is a big hunter (when he's not working) and keeps the freezer pretty full for the winter months. They will eat anything if you tell them daddy "hunted" it. Corn, biscuits, even green beans, got it covered.
- Mamma's boys. They are strong, tough little boys. They are rambunctious, curious, and mischievous. They run hard and play hard. But when they get a boo-boo or just want to cuddle... they come to mom. Nothing gets rid of a banged finger or a mad like mom kisses or snuggles. Please never grow out of that.