In early 2012 when the sonographer announced that we were having a boy (and kept repeating, yup that’s definitely a boy), my bewildered face said it all. For some silly reason I’d convinced myself it was another girl. I understood girls. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, but was a bit…unsure?
Anyway, I got over it pretty quickly and now I can’t believe I ever paused at the idea of having a son. Because little boys are little legends!
In many ways mini versions of the guys in our lives (generalisation coming), they are headstrong, tactile, in love with cars, obsessed with their own and the female anatomy and always find humour in their bodily functions. Boys will be boys. They’re also sensitive, less manipulative than their female counterparts and unguarded with their love.
At 2.5 years, M embodies all of the above and as his personality emerges, he’s got a cracking sense of humour. You can regularly find him trying to wind up his sister by undressing her dolls, rocking out and singing along to Motley Crue’s ‘Girls Girls Girls’ (thanks Chris) or acting out his favourite Reeves and Mortimer sketch about a dog named Greg Mitchell that resembles his fav stuffed labrador. This last one includes shouting out Oh no, mama’s gonna kill me (rather than my wife’s gonna kill me, the punchline in the actual sketch) in the middle of busy public places. Thankfully social services hasn’t turned up yet. On the other hand he’s got quite the metrosexual vibe going on, never shying away from a dress up opportunity or chance to use my lip gloss (it’s clear).
I know if we’d had another girl she would be completely different to C but I must admit I’m loving the experience of having a son as well as a daughter. This is a really fun phase that I find grounding amidst other grown up stresses. I’m not sure what I’ll do with an adolescent boy in the house one day, but hey, that’s not for awhile yet.
Men out there- no doubt your mamas will remember you at this brilliant, innocent and explorative stage even if you don’t remember it. Go give them a hug.