9.18.2014

Momma to a Little Man

Back in August, Elizabeth from Chasin' Mason was so sweet and asked if I would partake in her Boy Mom Series. I kindly obliged. I'm hopeful you were able to check that post out, but if not, I'd love to share it today.

We'd like to expand our little family one of these days, and I don't want to forget the feelings of being a mommy to a boy, because what if some day I'm mommy to a girl, too?! (And, nope, not preggo…)

Beings as I'm mommy to a rambunctious, vivacious, temper tantrum-throwing little boy, I found it entirely fitting to share a few thoughts on life with my little man…

When we discovered we were pregnant it was quickly decided that we I wanted to find out whether Baby Macke was a boy or a girl. The true reality was I just wanted a healthy baby. But, that's not to say internally I didn't flip-flop on whether I was excited about pink and princesses and frills, or blue and dirt and trucks.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't dream of picking out all those adorable little girl clothes that seemed to occupy 99% of the baby aisles and baby stores. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't secretly planning a shabby chic nursery in my head. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to princesses and fairies and butterflies. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited about mommy-daughter days filled with manicures and pedicures, and day trips to the mall.

Then the announcement came that Baby M was a boy. I turned to my husband with tears of joy and said, "You're getting your boy!" And, while I was truly elated, a little piece of me was ever so slightly sad. I thought I might be missing out.
Marcus arrived on his own terms. He was breech, he was big, he was strong, and I was instantly over the moon in love with him.
We quickly adapted to life as a family of three. I quickly became acquainted with the world of boys; the sweet, silly, dirty, loud, crazy, exciting, trying, perfect moments that are only made possible with a little boy.
I'm amazed at what Marcus has taught me in just two and a half short years:

  • Little boy clothing is irresistible, especially if there's a mini bow tie, hat, or suspenders involved.
  • Nautical inspired rooms are as fun to create as any shabby chic one.
  • Trucks, and trains, and cars are much more fun that I'd ever imagined.
  • Mommy-son dates are full of energy, and ice cream.
  • Bumps and scrapes are the norm. And kissing them to make them all better is one of the most rewarding parts of the mommy job.
  • Some of the best hugs and kisses come from a face full of dirt.
  • Days of endless outdoor play are the best.
  • I have a pretty big job to fill if I want Marcus to understand honesty, loyalty, compassion, and empathy.
  • If I want Marcus to be respectful and truthful I'd better lead with a good example.
  • I couldn't possibly love him anymore than I already do.

There is so much I thought I was going to teach Marcus. In reality, I'm the one who is learning so much from my little man.

Being a boy mom is really pretty awesome. And, as it turns out, there isn't a single thing I'm missing out on. Life is full, and complete, and amazing. I'm so blessed to be a mommy to this little boy.
I hope you'll swing by the Elizabeth at Chasin' Mason to see what she, and other boy moms are up to!

16 comments:

  1. Love this. I admit after boy #2, I'm still hoping for a girl some day.... but it may not be in the cards. I do love my boys to pieces and many of the things you listed are the best!

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  2. So sweet! I love being a boy mom!!

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  3. So cute. I love the picture with his finger up his nose ;)

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  4. Perfectly written. I'm actually excited to be home sick tod so I can pour over your old blog posts like a good friend :)

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  5. obsessed with being a boy mama, and, learning so much from you both!
    can we talk about how good you looked when pregnant?!!! DARLING.

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  6. So sweet! I was initially shocked that I was going to be a boy mom because I honestly thought Aidan was a girl before our 20-week ultrasound. But I've loved it!

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  7. I felt the same before I knew Rhys's gender. I wanted a girl so badly, but was so happy when I found out he was a boy. And funny, Rhys's nursery is grey, green, and blue nautical themed!

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  8. What a beautiful post! I want to be a mommy to a boy one day!

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  9. so true...I have my girl but having two boys makes me a boy mom too!

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  10. You nearly made me get weak and cry when reading this. Being a Momma is something I never thought I would love so much. Add in my sweet C and I can't even tell you how AMAZED I am with how much this is a perfect life for me/us. Marcus is the sweetest little guy and I love watching him grow and getting to know you and S. You are truly a fabulous Momma and friend.

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  11. Annnddd now I want a boy. Love this post! Funny enough, I had my mind set that Em was a boy. I don't think anyone was more shocked that she was a girl than me. There's something pretty special about a mother/son bond. Hope to experience that someday. :)

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  12. I was really hoping for boys because the girls in my family are very spirited at a young age. Of course I end up with two girls. I think boy stuff is so cute, and boys just have an energy about them that is fun.

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  13. Love this! I felt the same way when I found out Clay was a boy, but now I can't imagine it any other way. And let's be honest, boys are cheaper...you know, til they start sports :0

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  14. LOVED this the first time and the second time :) Love being a boy momma!

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  15. oh gosh so sweet. I was leaning towards boy when I was pregnant and it took me a couple days to switch gears to the girl side of things, and now i mean I couldn't imagine what it would be like if Aria wasn't exactly like she is! Love being her mom!

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