4 Things I Didn’t Know About Raising a Boy

I knew we would be having a boy from the moment I found out we were pregnant with our second child. I had his name picked out before we even had an ultrasound to verify his sex. It was just something I knew deep in my bones. Just like I knew that having a boy was going to be incredibly different than raising a girl. In some ways I was right and in others I couldn’t have been more wrong. Either way, I was about to learn a thing or two. 

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4 Things I Didn’t Know About Raising a Boy

1. It is possible to find cute clothes.

With a daughter and two nieces, I’ve never had a problem finding adorable boutique style pieces for them, but I always noticed the lack of options available for boys. So I immediately started hunting for items to squirrel away, hiding them deep in the closet where my husband – who insisted we wait to shop until we knew the gender – wouldn’t find them. While I still found it much easier to find pieces for girls, it wasn’t impossible to stock his closet full of cute outfits. Online boutiques just for boys are a total game changer and now even mass retailers like Target and Babies R Us carry a handful of boutique-style items for boys. Do you know what’s cuter than a little boy in a tie and suspenders? Nothing. That’s what.   

2. It’s not that different from raising a girl.

It’s hard for me to admit but I was more than a little fearful having a boy, even though I wanted one with all of my might. I had the role of being a girl mom down. I knew how to raise a strong little girl. One who was brave and smart. Fierce and loyal. Kind and considerate. But in a world that so tightly binds our boys into a mold of “man,” how to teach him to break that mold? Honestly, I’m still not sure but as with most parenting worries, at some point it dawns on you – for the 1,000th time – that nothing happens overnight. It’s one day at a time.
Changing Pad

3. They pee everywhere, everywhere.

One of my daughters favorite stories is the time she received her first bath and peed all over her mom. Aside from that instance and one indescribable poop fiasco I escaped the days of diapers relatively unscathed. It seems my son had decided to take it upon himself to make up for lost time. I have never been peed on so much in my life. I was never so glad in my life to have the Candide Baby Comfort Mat changing pad that actually came with a built-in XXL towel. It seems like every diaper change involves a whole mess of pee – on myself, on his father, up the wall and all over our poor, poor changing pad. The velcro attached towel is constantly being tossed in the washer, along with at least one, if not two, sets of clothing. The only one who somehow remains unscathed is his sister, much to her delight and our chagrin.   

4. He was going to steal my heart.

I knew what it felt like to fall head over heels in love with someone you just meant. I was prepared for it. What I wasn’t prepared for was the difference it is with a son. With a husband, three brothers and a father, I have been surrounded by men my entire life. But my memories of them are only of these strong individuals. Already grown. I didn’t realize what it would be like to love a little man so soft and squishy and fragile.

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17 thoughts on “4 Things I Didn’t Know About Raising a Boy”

  1. Ashley, my boy turned 1 on Sunday and he is my lil prince! The love I have for him is so strong, I know if anything happens to my husband, I’d be OK. He is my world, I never thought I would enjoy spending time with a baby. Great post, and yes the pee does go in different directions but touch wood I’ve not had it on my face or body yet lol just my hands hehe xxxx

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  2. I am due next month with my second, a girl. I have been so scared to have a boy because I thought they would be so different to raise. Thanks for the insight into having a boy.

    -Shonee

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  3. I had my boy first and then two girls, so I went through these things without anything to compare them to! I was shocked at how easy it was to find cute clothes for him when he was little for sure.

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  4. I had my boy first and yes, it is very possible to find adorable and cool clothes for them! Also, use the covered method when changing diapers. Always keep it covered!

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  5. The peeing everywhere thing… so true! I think it is the cold air, it triggers the pee. I could be totally wrong too, lol.

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  6. Boys are amazing, aren’t they? I mean girls are too but there is just something different about mommies and baby boys. I was so glad I was able to experience 4!

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  7. The peeing – that was a shock to me as well. The first week I was always afraid of pulling the diaper too tight. I was constantly getting peed on

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  8. I only have one child who is a girl. It seems like my friends who have sons are so close to them and have such a wonderful relationship as you do with yours.

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  9. I don’t have kids but I just think raising a boy would be so foreign!! LOL!! I’m glad to know that boys aren’t that different from girls. This was a really sweet post!!

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  10. I had a boy and a girl and they were such unique experiences! It was harder to find cute clothes for a boy but there were definitely some adorable outfits over the years. He wore a lot of cute little suits.

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  11. Ha to the peeing thing!! I had two boys and then a girl. In some ways it’s definitely the same raising them and in other ways they’re like night and day. It’s fun to get to experience being a mom of both!

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  12. What a sweet post. I don’t have any kids, but I was old enough by the time my younger brother was born to remember the differences in us from things my parents told me. It was easy to see too…he was such a dirty kid…always rolling around in the sandbox, and I wanted nothing to do with it!

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