Expecting a little boy – or newly birth one? Congratulations! Boys are awesome. I should know, because I have one who lights up my world. He’ll be 6 months old next week, so while I’m not the be-all end-all authority on raising boys, I certainly can help you know what to expect during the first few months of your little guy’s life. I’ve been there. I am there! So, here you go:
1) Boys get pee everywhere – even on you. Don’t be smug – don’t think that because your son just peed, he won’t let out another steady stream as soon as you turn your head to grab a diaper. You can try to prevent it (changing diapers at lightning speed, “wee wee covers”), but it is bound to happen. My advice? Keep your changing pad at home covered with an easy-to-clean material so you’re not constantly washing the changing pad cover. I use a laminated cotton patemm pad for this very reason. Also? Have the wet wipes handy.
2) Dressing boys is fun. Yes, girls’ clothing and accessories are adorable, what with the ruffles and tutus and flowery headbands. But you will have a ton of fun dressing up your little boy. Some of my favorite things to put my son in are collared button down shirts, overalls, plaid rompers – or anything that makes him look like my husband’s mini-me.
3) People are going to call your boy a girl. I can have my boy dressed in blue from head to toe, wearing a bib that says, “Handsome Like Daddy,” and someone will still tell me how beautiful my daughter is. It doesn’t bother me, just baffles me sometimes. And it reminds me to always choose the words, “Your baby is adorable,” when I have even a sliver of a doubt on a baby’s gender.
4) You will receive unsolicited advice about your son’s anatomy. This is an actual message I got on Facebook THE DAY my son was born, from someone I barely knew: “Congrats on your beautiful newborn son! Now that it’s official that you have a boy, here is a GREAT website about the first important decision you’ll have to make: savingsons.org. There’s lots of great info on there. It helped us to decide to keep our son just the way he was born. Again, congrats!” This person is no longer my friend – on Facebook or otherwise. Remember that it is no one’s business but your own whether you choose to circumcise or not.
5) You are going to fall madly in love. My boy is my sidekick. He is just the best thing ever. It’s almost impossible to remember what life was like before him. He makes me laugh, he melts my heart, he makes me swell with pride. I cannot get enough of this little man, and loving him comes easier than anything else in life. If you’re waiting for your son to arrive, just know that you’ll be feeling this same way very, very soon. And it’s amazing.