I always wanted a baby girl. Besides the obvious self-interest in trying to create my clone 😉 , the fact that girl things (dresses, shoes, toys, accessories) are always way more fun than mundane boy things, kept me hoping for a girl till the end of my pregnancy.
Then sonny came.
As much as I loved being a mom, I was not sure how to handle a boy. Of course, I was a newbie at this whole parenting gig, but somehow, in my head, I thought I would be able to manage a baby girl way better than a baby boy.
Now, as I look back at my 4 years work-experience 😉 being a boy’s mother, I can’t help, but appreciate some of the things that I have learnt in the process of raising sonny.
So here’s my list of 10 things that I love about being a boy’s mother:
1. No Dearth Of Male Attention 😉 :
Hubby may forget to notice my change of earrings or perhaps a new dress, but sonny never fails to notice even the minutest alteration in my appearance. And to top it, he always gives a heartfelt compliment! “Oh, new dress? You are looking so nice, Ma.” Awww! That’s enough to melt any mommy’s heart!
2. Hair Care? Don’t Care:
As much as I admire long hair on little girls and those oh-so-cute ponytails and braids from a distance, I would rather brush sonny’s super short hair in two seconds – Sometimes brushing equals running my fingers through his hair – than spend precious minutes caring for and maintaining my hypothetical daughter’s long hair.
3. Pee Breaks? No Sweat:
Ever since sonny learnt how to pee standing up, pee breaks are not a big deal at all, especially when we are on the road or when the public restrooms are not-so-clean. I am sure moms of boys already got a mental picture of what I am talking about here. Need I say more 😉 ?
4. Clothes, Optional:
Boys love being minimalists when it comes to their sartorial choices. Shirts are unbuttoned and thrown away, Salman Khan style and occasional pants are pulled down and discarded because “It’s too hot out here!”. No one rolls their eyes at this sudden nudist behavior.
But you may ask, how exactly does it impact me and how come I love it? Well, I don’t really love the “no clothes” look, but I do appreciate the proportional decrease in laundry 😉
And also the fact that boys have limited clothing choices means getting ready to go out is faster. Shirt, check. Underpants & Pants, check. Socks & Shoes, check…And Done.
5. Cars solve everything:
Cars, in particular and vehicles, in general, are the cure-all for each and every affliction. And a boy can never own enough of them, be it toy cars, trucks, monster trucks, fire trucks, planes, helicopters, rockets and what not.
Can’t think of the best gift to give to a boy child? No worries. Get a car. You can never go wrong with it (and chances are, you will become one of his favorite uncles/aunts!).
Want to appease a cranky boy? Give him a car ride. Better yet, let him drive one of those battery-operated ones. Enough said! You get the picture, don’t you?
6. Silence is golden:
No matter how many times I crib about sonny’s constant chatter, when I see girls his age or even younger, chatting away as if there is no tomorrow, I realize I have a kid custom-made just for me 🙂 .
I’d rather have someone who clamps his mouth shut when I ask him about school than someone who can’t stop weaving yarn after yarn on the topic.
Now, don’t go ranting about my anti-feminist views or how biased I sound and all…I know, there are exceptions to “Girls talk too much!” generalization (I am one of them, remember?) But talking of averages, it is what it is, scientifically proven 😉 (Don’t believe me? Check here!)
7. Of Barbies, Tea Parties, Glitter and Dress up:
One thing I thought I would miss out with a baby boy was playing with barbies, playing kitchen, tea parties, dress up etc. which were some of my favorite childhood games.
Turns out, I was so wrong!
I was thrilled the day sonny demanded a “Rainbow” barbie couple of months back. Of course, the glamorous barbie was soon transformed into a rough and tough, tomboyish, devil-may-care barbie running rescue missions with her friend “The Spider-Man”, but who’s complaining?
And he loves his tea parties (Daniel Tiger style!), and his pretend & real cooking bouts with me. (And just so you know, play-doh birthday cakes, with a candle on top, are the yummiest!)
And the boy can never have enough glitter!
Dress ups are fun too, especially being pirates and hunting for treasure. And the best part? I always get to be the princess, with my very own crown, no matter what 😉 !
8. Being graceful, what’s that?
One of the perks I love about being a boy’s mother is that I don’t have to be a role model for poise and restraint. I can set free my inner tomboy (at least within the confines of my home, that is!) and not worry about churning out an uncouth person who is scoffed off in society.
I can freely acknowledge things like poop, fart, spit bubbles, ear wax and creepy-crawlies as things of curiosity despite their inherent grossness quotient.
Side Note: Just when I was finishing this point, sonny came in to show me his “brown” hands! Since he is potty trained for long (thank god for that!), my guesses included chocolate and mud. Turns out it was mud from my indoor plants and he just wanted to see how it tasted! Do I need to continue 😉 ?
9. Chivalry is not dead:
Sonny may be inclined to investigate the yuckiest of things and be rowdy and what not, but the gentleman in him is still very much there. Ask him for help and he will do more than his share! This becomes especially worth noticing when I am feeling under the weather or when I am overwhelmed with too many things on my plate. Suddenly, this meltdown-prone-drama-king would transform into a well-behaved superhero helper-upper! I especially love it when he helps his ailing grandmother (who is visiting for doctor checkup) to navigate the house by holding and guiding her hands. This just melts my heart!
10. Mama’s Boy:
Everyone knows daughters are papa’s girls (including me, of course!) and sons are mama’s boys. Sonny is no exception to this. No matter how much we fight during the day and sulk and shout at each other, when push comes to shove, the two of us are always glued together against the world 🙂 And no matter how much sonny loves hubby, I will always be his go-to-parent during crisis. And that is something no one can beat, can they?
So, what are your favorite things about being a boy’s mother? Don’t forget to share!
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