Congratulations to Sara on her new bundle of joy! My name is Vivienne and I write a blog called The V Spot, where I share crafts, recipes and funny stories about my kids. As the mom of 4 boys, ages 8, 14, 15 and 20, I wanted to share a couple of things I’ve learned along the way.
People will say dumb things to you when they hear you have all boys. It is usually along the lines of Oh, you are the Queen of the Castle! Let me tell you something:
- No Queen in history has ever had the words “OK! Who peed on the wall?!” come out of her mouth.
- No Queen in history has ever had to give people a lecture about toilet seats, or explain why it’s important to aim for the water, as opposed to just the general target of the toilet itself.
- No Queen in history has ever had to issue a decree that there will be no stories, jokes or songs about bodily functions at the dinner table.
- No Queen in history has ever encountered a real lizard while doing laundry. (True Story)
|Lizard. In my washing machine. Not sure whose pocket he was in.
Boys will spend too much time on goofy things
and not enough time thinking things through
. They will write on walls, bring home bugs, hit puberty at 60 miles an hour and stink up their rooms.
They break things, lose things and fight over things.
Even if you were previously not a big fan of the color pink, you will start to buy personal items in that color. It is the only way you can keep a hold of your hair brush, toothbrush, ear buds, calculator, etc.
If they skin their knees while playing, they will want to keep playing. If they skin their knees while doing chores, they will need to lie down on the couch with their leg elevated.
If one of them cares about hygiene, clothes that match and takes care with his penmanship, the others will not.
They will find it easier to throw clean socks in their wastepaper basket than to throw them into their sock drawer.
They will sleep anywhere.
It’s been said that a boy is noise with dirt on it. This is true. But they are also sweet. And cuddly. They are thoughtful and pick dandelions for you and tell you that you are the! best! mom! ever! They will tell you that your cooking “…is almost as good as store bought!” and will mean it as high praise.
They will track dirt onto a carpet you just vacuumed to give you a hug and tell you they love you.
Raising boys will be the greatest adventure and most rewarding experience of your life and I hope you enjoy every single moment of it! (Even if you can’t enjoy some of those moments until after they’re in bed and you’ve had yourself a glass of wine.)