After having my daughter and trying for our second child, my husband and I both wanted a precious, sweet baby boy. I had visions of him being just like his father; having a love for cars, helping others, a strong work ethic, a great sense of humor, and his gorgeous brown eyes. Little did we know we were going to get everything we had both asked for…but umm… we also got quite more actually, let me elaborate on a few things I’ve learned about toddler boys.
They are not as clean as girls.
No…indeed not. Yes, I have seen quite a few messy girls in my time, including my daughter, but no one has been even close to as messy as my son who is 20 months old. It takes me longer to clean up after him when he eats something than it does for me to prepare his meal. It’s not a clean world anymore moms of boys…your house will suffer. Warn your spouse ahead of time.
They are extremely fast.
They can run, climb, throw, dig, and destroy a room in less than 5 minutes, and will happily jump in a pool or bath tub fully dressed. Stay on the alert. They are faster than you.
They like to play with poop.
This is pretty gross, but the truth be told…poop is somewhat fascinating to little boys. Imagine that. If my son soils his diaper during a nap or in the middle of the night he will remove his clothes and then the diaper and then yell for me. Yes, I know he is probably ready to potty train but it doesn’t mean he will stop doing this anytime soon. Mom gets to clean poop up on a weekly basis… in some way shape or form, once or twice a week.
They are just as demanding as girls are.
You are probably not going to get that innocent, sweet mommas boy who just does everything you want him to do and does it perfectly. Sorry, this probably won’t happen. But, you are blessed just as you would be if you did have such a “perfect” little angel. So don’t beat yourself up about it. Just let him be him and remember that he wants his way just like everyone else in this world.
Discipline. Figure it out fast.
Boys love to play on Mommy’s heart. They are your best friend, but you still have to figure out a discipline routine and stick to it. I should have figured this out a long time ago because even though my son is only 20 months old, he already abuses the system and has been for awhile. Find a routine that works, fast, and don’t be lenient or you will get ran over with a big wheel in no time at all.
They will steal your heart.
Gone. Gone. Gone. They will hug you when you’re sad…make you laugh when you’re mad… and be by your side for the rest of your life. Treat your boys well and they will always look out for you, Mom. It’s a tough job raising a boy…but once the hard work is over you have a friend for life. Being a mom is the most rewarding job position we will ever take. Did I just say “the hard work is over”, sorry about that misconception. Our jobs will never be “over”. And that’s okay.
What did your mom never tell you about your toddler boy?
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