Tell me the good, bad, and ugly about raising a boy. Clueless girl mom here!!

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Posted: 10/6/2012 6:55:07 PM
We have a sweet, yet dramatic 3 year old girl. Some days she is super girly, but more of a tomboy most of the time. I am absolutely clueless about raising a boy!!

Tell me all about it!


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Posted: 10/6/2012 6:58:43 PM
Hang on for a wild ride! I will tell you this - little boys LOVE their mamas! Enjoy every minute! (my baby boy is 24 years old, so I'm a little out of practice with baby boys!).


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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:00:35 PM
Just 3 words for you:

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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:02:21 PM
I am slightly afraid to say it - but yes - the love from your son will be such a different wonderful thing that you will NEVER want to let him go.

You will learn more about penises then you ever thought possible.

You WILL giggle at fart jokes.

If you've never touched a ball in your life, you will learn to dribble and kick because there is nothing funner to do with your 3,4,5, 10, 18 year old than whatever it is they love doing.

You will need to learn to patch knees of his jeans by age 3 - save old jeans to repair the next ones.

Boy stink = true love!

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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:03:01 PM
Everything is great until they're about 12 years old. Then something comes and sucks their brains out...


Ever get the feeling your stuff strutted off without you?

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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:03:22 PM
what's there to know??
I really don't get these kinds of posts. You feed them, clothe them, shelter them, and love them.



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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:05:56 PM

I am slightly afraid to say it - but yes - the love from your son will be such a different wonderful thing that you will NEVER want to let him go.

You will learn more about penises then you ever thought possible.

You WILL giggle at fart jokes.

If you've never touched a ball in your life, you will learn to dribble and kick because there is nothing funner to do with your 3,4,5, 10, 18 year old than whatever it is they love doing.

You will need to learn to patch knees of his jeans by age 3 - save old jeans to repair the next ones.

Boy stink = true love!


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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:09:52 PM
You will also discover pee on more surfaces in the bathroom than you ever thought possible!

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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:12:38 PM
Thanks for the posts do far. This thread was meant to hear the fun and crazy stuff boys do. I can feed, clothe, and love him just fine. I just want to know the things that make raising a boy different!

My little DD is such a daddy's girl! I hope the comment about how they their mommas is true! I'm so excited to have a little DH running around! I can't wait to see how similar and how different he and DD will be!


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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:14:32 PM
Boys are interesting, but fun. They love their mommas something fierce And just so you know, boys don't sleep, they just recharge. All I can really tell you is that you have learned nothing when a boy after a girl. It's a totally different experience.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:23:19 PM
well, every child is going to be different even if you have more than one of the same sex. They can be opposite. You could have a 'stereotypical' boy or have one that is quiet and sensitive, etc.
You just sit back and watch their personality unfold.



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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:29:59 PM
Well, after raising twin boy/girl and then 2 girls a year apart(all in 4 1/2 years) here is my version:

Good-cuddles, love, less drama than girls, someone to reach those tall shelves and clean up icky things when dad isn't home, someone who may shop more than his sister
the Sunday 7 am call that your kid was NOT in trouble....only because there weren't enough seat belts in the car and he stayed at the friends home..(got lucky there)
cheering all those teams,

Bad-dirty football socks, riding with a van full of middle school football players following practice-Ewwww,
wet soppy soccer players, weekends in the cold and rain and wind and snow.
Washing football pants and everyones winter gear at 11:00 on game nights only to turn around and be back at school at 7 am for a JV game
sleepovers with boys
finding size 15 shoes.......
laundry from college boy(and all 3 sisters) all at once on Thanksgiving break

Ugly-their last high school football game...graduation.....
their last collegiate football game...with 38 degrees with 32 mph winds
saying goodbye when you dropped them off for college
when they leave for grad school and you realize there is no one here to reach that
hard to reach item......
helping him with math when he had already passed me by

The boy was one of the easiest compared to the girls but each kid is unique in their own way.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:34:07 PM
I have a DD7, DS5, and DS18 months old...and yes, even though my boys are vastly different...they are WAY more Momma's boys than my girl is.

And right now, I am extremely grateful that only one is using the potty. His aim is HORRIBLE!

Enjoy the ride...never a dull moment. And my boys are a lot louder than my girl!


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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:37:12 PM
I'll be honest, I cried when I found out I was having a boy. I wanted to braid hair and play with Barbies. I knew how to teach a girl to become a woman, but didn't know if I could truly teach a little boy how to become a man.
Having a boy has been the greatest gift in my life. I I did things that I never thought I'd do. I no longer wince at cuts, worms or crawly bugs. Eighteen years later, we are still close. I can't even imagine being a girl's mom now.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:40:15 PM
I just have one sweet son. I agree, he loves his momma something fierce! He made me a sweet card in art class yesterday




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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:42:14 PM
My little boy is only 6, and he does love his momma!

I will say from teaching school all of these years, that boys are generally easier to deal with....there seems to be less drama overall. Girls tend to hold grudges and be meaner than boys.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:46:18 PM
Teenage boys rooms stink!! No matter how much they shower, change their sheets, leave their sneakers in the garage the funk never goes away.

They are super sweet and low drama!

Oh, and tuck the penis down in the diaper or the pee goes up out of the top of the diaper.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:50:04 PM
girls are easier when they are little and become more difficult as teenagers-boys are the opposite. harder when little, easier when teens

of course thats a total generalization so no one come on here trying to prove me wrong-there are all kinds of exceptions to every rule


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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:50:09 PM

Teenage boys rooms stink!!


seriously... wth is with that??? I don't think it's every boy, but damn does my kid's room stink!



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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:54:52 PM
I have one boy and four girls... My son is the easiest child BY FAR. He is calm, laid back, obedient, never thrown a tantrum. He is such a sweetheart. I am crazy about him.

Now, getting him to eat vegetables... That's another story.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:54:56 PM
Boys have way more energy than girls. They like to run, jump, throw, and compete. It is good to harness that energy or they tend to get in trouble.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:57:17 PM
Mother of 4 boys here.

1. Cold air makes baby boys pee, open that diaper cautiously.
2. Boys are black & white and do not have the emotional dribble girls have.
3. Boys are about mud, snot, and farts. Get used to it.
4. Boys like their gun toting, shooting, action figures and Go, Diego, Go is a short lived phase. Get the cute costumes in early because by 7 they want to be that action figure and by 10 they want to be some blood dripping, knife wielding zombie hunter.
5. Boys don't do matchy matchy. They just want to wear what's comfortable.
6. Once a boy finds his penis it becomes his best friend. An erection is intriguing when they're little and a source of joy when they're older. They need to be taught when and where it is appropriate.
7. Boys love to please their mothers (example:: I was having an overwhelmed moment and my 15y asked me what he can do to help me feel better)
8. Boys live in the moment

I have raised my boys with respect, I talk with them not to them. In turn I now have young men that are compassionate, respectful and polite. I believe you need to model the behavior you want to see in your boys.



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Posted: 10/6/2012 8:07:49 PM
being a sister of 7 brother they stink. Even after they moved out the room still smelled like boy. My mom is a OCD cleaner so it was nothing Funky in the rooms. There bathroom also had a strange funk to it.

I think that is why i have a thing about guy shoes being in the house. That smell. Thank god Dh does not have the feet funk thing going on..


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Posted: 10/6/2012 8:10:24 PM

If you've never touched a ball in your life...


This made me snort!

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Posted: 10/6/2012 8:14:51 PM
What you see is what you get with boys!

I have two boys and then a girl.
When the boys where little and had their birthday we would sit down and look at the birthday cake book together and they would tell me what they liked and I would pick one I felt like baking.

Well, when my daughter was turning 3 we looked at the book and she couldn't fall asleep that night because she was worrying about what cake to choose for her birthday! I definitely made the cake she chose!



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Posted: 10/6/2012 8:21:36 PM

Mother of 4 boys here.

1. Cold air makes baby boys pee, open that diaper cautiously.
2. Boys are black & white and do not have the emotional dribble girls have.
3. Boys are about mud, snot, and farts. Get used to it.
4. Boys like their gun toting, shooting, action figures and Go, Diego, Go is a short lived phase. Get the cute costumes in early because by 7 they want to be that action figure and by 10 they want to be some blood dripping, knife wielding zombie hunter.
5. Boys don't do matchy matchy. They just want to wear what's comfortable.
6. Once a boy finds his penis it becomes his best friend. An erection is intriguing when they're little and a source of joy when they're older. They need to be taught when and where it is appropriate.
7. Boys love to please their mothers (example:: I was having an overwhelmed moment and my 15y asked me what he can do to help me feel better)
8. Boys live in the moment

I have raised my boys with respect, I talk with them not to them. In turn I now have young men that are compassionate, respectful and polite. I believe you need to model the behavior you want to see in your boys.



Yes, yes and yes to all of this!!

I'm mom to 3 boys and no girls. They are definitely loud, smelly, funny, active, and love to wrestle with anyone ... but they are so loving. As others have said, they really love their moms. Mine are so protective of me. They are older now (22, 20, and 16) and they are always watching out for me whenever we go anywhere.
I'm not embarrassed to say that I'm happy to have three boys and no girls. My life is full of adventure, and not a day goes by that I don't feel loved.

There's a saying "with boys you pay up front, and with girls you pay on credit." It's so true. They were active and loud and I was very busy when they were younger, but they were very easy teenagers.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 8:25:11 PM
This: Boys have way more energy than girls. They like to run, jump, throw, and compete. It is good to harness that energy or they tend to get in trouble.

I raised 3 daughters and now I have 10 grandsons. It's a wild ride!


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Posted: 10/6/2012 8:29:12 PM
My girl/boy are about the same distance apart (3 years, 2 months and 1 day). I love the age spread. We didn't plan on it, but now that she's 15 and very moody some days, he's my easy going guy who just sits back and watches it all unfold.

He's been my super happy go lucky kid and the girls just adore him. The kids so fight, but I know deep down that they have each other's back. I can't wait to have them both in marching band at the high school in a couple years.

I panicked when I found out that my daughter was on her way, but I love having one of each!



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Posted: 10/6/2012 8:32:42 PM
Keep in mind not all boys fit the mold. Some boys will love video games, quiet times, or art over sports.

My dd always loved getting dirty, my oldest ds could only tolerate so much!

My youngest ds is the very definition of all boy!

One thing I want to add is boy toys are so much cooler!
Hot wheels, legos, construction toys, no pink, purple, and frilly!

*disclaimer* yes, girls can play with these toys too.






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Posted: 10/6/2012 8:47:51 PM
Well, not all boys are this way, but my boys are high energy tornadoes! The phrase "this is why we can't have nice things" comes to pass. With ds1...OMG... but ds2, it's pretty much the same except he CLIMBS. And ds2 is very much into balls and looks to be more "sports-like" where ds1 was an is into electronics/gadgets.

But some boys are more chill. Just not mine. Our dd as our first was VERY MISLEADING of how things can really be.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 8:49:32 PM
I have loved being the mom of boys, but I have to agree that at a certain age, they have their very own special level of stink.

My oldest was a nightmare toddler. He exhausted me to the point where I really did not think I wanted more children. Then he went to school and mellowed out. He was a dream teenager until his senior year.

My youngest was a dream baby and toddler. He went to kindergarten and came off the bus the first day with a whole new attitude. He was a sullen and moody teenager, but really gave us no behavior issues.

They were both amazingly affectionate children. Older DS is still affectionate. Younger DS has his moments. Oldest left on a business trip today and texted, "I love you" just before pushing back and then texted again to let us know when he landed. He asks us to do the same when we travel.

Mine are 19 and 23 now. They went to the same college and pledged the same fraternity. Friends of our always ask if that bothered our oldest to have his younger brother "tagging along" or ask the youngest if he feels like he is in his brother's shadow. Neither of them get that. They enjoy each other's company. Older DS graduated in May and lives in the same city. He still goes up to campus once a week to have dinner with the youngest and to watch their favorite tv show together. They have little cousins who adore them. They text and tweet their cousins their own ages about tv shows, books, and music. They email their grandparents regularly. I try to remind myself of this when everyone says daughters stay close to their families but sons don't.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:18:20 PM
Ahh. Just talking about my sweet boy (19) brings me to tears. He is a joy and the light of my heart. Let's see, they fart, burp and poop more then any creature on earth. During puberty you wonder what strange smell is coming from their room and it isn't stray plates of food or smelly shoes, it's them . As babies they are easier to clean, everything is right out there, no creases to dig poop out of BUT they will pee on themselves and you. Beware. The bond between a mom and her son is unexplainable.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:25:50 PM
I have a 17 yo young man and three girls. My son has been less than 1/2 the work of the easiest girl. He's got a tender heart, loves working with younger kids, and is a great kid. He even asked his high school to arrange his schedule so he could be a mentor to an elementary student.

I love my girls, but the drama can be exhausting.





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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:29:16 PM
My SEVENTH grader still sits in my lap. Every day. He is my most precious joy. Plainly and simply.

He likes to be with DH and I. He is happy either alone with us in the house or when he has a pile of friends over. Like now; he has 7 over for a post-football cookout/sleepover. He still runs over to hug me even with them around!

There truly is something wonderful about a mother/son love.



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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:33:14 PM
My little guy is only 19 months, so I only have that much experience of my own. My sister however, has 6 boys and 1 girl and always says that she would trade her girl for 6 more boys

My little guy is a sweet cuddly angel. Perfect baby, great sleeper, happy, good eater, loves to snuggle. Super mellow, not destructive at all. I know that's not always typical, but maybe more than you'd think. He's the light of our lives and just loads of fun. He definitely has boy characteristics like growling, throwing, jumping, short attention span etc. but he's not a hitter and neither are any of his little boy friends. We've found that its the little girls who are more physically aggressive at play dates -at least at this age. Anyway, I just adore being a mom of a boy.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:33:47 PM

There truly is something wonderful about a mother/son love.


Yep!


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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:51:06 PM
I keep waiting for my 13 year DS to transform into the Jekyll Hyde character that is an adolescent but other than a little moodiness, he's a joy. He's even more huggy than he was when he was small.

The best times are when he says something to crack me up: I love how sophisticated his humor has gotten and he gets such a charge from being able to make me laugh.

It's true what others have said. There's just something special about the bond between mother and son.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:01:50 PM
Congrats! (I am guessing this means you are expecting a boy, I haven't been around here much.) I have a 19 year old son and a 17 year old daughter. All I can say is that I have loved getting the chance to see the world through a boy's eyes and perspective through our conversations over the years.

And yeah teen boys' rooms stink. I will never forget the Axe years.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:04:52 PM
I have one girl and four boys. The one girl is about as much work as the four boys. That is all.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:14:33 PM

You will also discover pee on more surfaces in the bathroom than you ever thought possible!


Not only that, but the bathroom ALWAYS smells like pee! I wash it down twice a day with a clorox wipe and weekly scrubbing. Granted he is just 4 and only a year into potty training, so hopefully it gets better.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:16:41 PM
I love being mama to a boy Just thinking about it makes me a little teary. He's 16 months now and he is a SNUGGLER. Oh, he loves to love on me. He's also very busy and enjoys throwing himself off things/into things. Water and rocks are two of his favorite things in the world, but books are right there in the running.

We didn't find out what we were having and I guess I'd never thought very seriously that it might be a boy because man I was *surprised* to find out I had a little boy, and not sure what the hell I was supposed to do.

I'm sure it's the same with girls, but it is incredible to watch him growing and learning and charming his way through things.

BUT - I will say this. The boys get the short end of the stick when it comes to cute baby clothes.



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Posted: 10/7/2012 12:33:03 AM
I read this thread thinking I'd talk about my son and offer words of advice, etc.

Instead, I read it and got super teary eyed. My son is moving out on his own tomorrow...and I think it just hit me how much I'm going to miss him. I have two daughters and the one son...and everyone is right, there's something special about the love between a mom and their boy. I'm super proud of all three of my kids and the adults they are/are becoming.

So, my advice...enjoy every minute. It goes faster than you think it will (and I remember rolling my eyes when people would tell me that).

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Posted: 10/7/2012 12:39:22 AM

BUT - I will say this. The boys get the short end of the stick when it comes to cute baby clothes.


So true, but it is so very AWESOME once they start school. Getting ready in the morning is simple!

That's another thing, you don't have to mess with their hair.






*~*amanda*~*
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Posted: 10/7/2012 1:52:38 AM
I have 3 boys and a step son and I am cracking up reading these responses! they are all so, so true!!!

I have never had a pair of jeans last more than 1 year because the knees have been busted out because the kids slide around one 1 knee. All 3 of them.

Their feet stink like you couldn't believe.

Around 4th grade they lose their minds.

They are the noisiest creatures God ever put on the Earth.

Bugs, dirt, and snot cling to them.

Do not EVER forget to empty their pockets...I have washed more bubble gum and action figures than you can imagine.

When you wash a metal action figure and the paint dries to all the clothes in the dryer, the purple bottle of Zout is the best at removing the stains.

Buy more socks than you think he will wear.

Remind them to change their underwear and put clean underwear on after the shower.

Make sure there is soap in the shower because they wont!

What to get for birthday and Christmas? Hot Wheels, Lego, and balls.

Legos hurt when you step on them. Find a BIG storage bin for them.

Never, ever forget that boys love their Mamas (just as others have said)! My boys are all glued to my hip!

Congratulations to you and your family!



*~*amanda*~*
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Posted: 10/7/2012 1:59:06 AM
Oh yeah....they EAT. Man, oh man, can a boy ever eat!!

I bought 4 gallons of milk on Monday and they were gone by Friday afternoon.

I bought 6 pounds of grapes that same Monday. They were gone by Wednesday.



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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:40:56 AM
According to my sister who had 2 boys then a girl, the difference is summed up with a toy on the floor - a girl will step over it whereas a boy will jump on it til it breaks then see if he can put it back together...oh and the non-stop eating



Today, I will be colouring outside the lines.


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Posted: 10/7/2012 3:07:55 AM

The phrase "this is why we can't have nice things" comes to pass.


We don't own brand new family room furniture. It's all secondhand. I finally agree with DH, and it's better that way.

I have two boys (4.5 and 2.5). They love their mama. The hugs and kisses and cuddles are amazing. Daddy is their hero though. I defer all things penis to him, as well. I don't have one, I don't know. Their penises is the funniest thing in the world, apparently. "There's my ding dong, there's Cole's ding dong" from my 2.5 year old while getting ready for bed or in the bath.

Constant crusty faces. All they did was wake up. I have no idea how they do it.

They don't all love sports. Mine don't. My oldest is more a mathlete than an athlete. He wants to be a paleontologist. My youngest loves all things cuddly, and is a fierce animal lover. They're not sure what football is. They still love to do crafts and be in the kitchen with me. I can't sit down without one of them climbing on me, if not both. And my boys are very matchy matchy with their clothes.

I was so sad when I found I was having my first boy. Then relieved when I found out our second was as well.




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Posted: 10/7/2012 4:12:17 AM
I am loving all these responses! I have laughed so hard and teared up at some. I can't wait to meet my little boy and see how he fits into our little family!

I am enjoying all the tips! The one about tucking the penis down in the diaper is the winner so far! I don't know what to do with a penis! I already told DH, anything related to that was totally his thing! We have the same deal with DD and "girl stuff", as DH calls it.

I am terrified of Legos, after stepping on them as a kid! That hurts!! We already have trucks, cars, blocks, and some sports with DD, so I am a little prepared there.

My DH hates football, and isn't into watching sports, so I am curious to see if the little guy will be.

My DD is a lot different than I expected, mostly in a good way. She is so excited for a brother!


Brandi




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Posted: 10/7/2012 5:37:59 AM
I loved Amanda's list! Particularly about socks and stinky feet. My son is 12yo and I had twin girls who were (note were!) about perfect at 3.5 when he was born. I was panicked at having a boy. Turns out that panic was misplaced. Lots of action the first years - it's good to be young when you have your boy because if you think your girl is a tomboy, well, ha ha. Wait until you have a child that never ever sits. Until he climbs on your lap and puts his head on your shoulder and falls asleep.

OMG. I love my boy so much. It will be a great experience!

And I have 3 drama-free kids, btw, drama does not have to equal a girl.


Andrea

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