by Mindi Artherton
I always thought I would only have daughters. I don’t know why, but I have always envisioned my house full of girls and drama. Maybe it’s because my first baby was a girl and that is all I have known? Either way, God had other plans, and I am thankful.
April 16, 2014 started out as a normal day. Well, as normal as possible at 38 weeks pregnant. Went to work, came home for lunch and started to feel a few cramps. To make a short story shorter, I arrived at the hospital at 3:30 in the afternoon, squealing in pain (telling everyone I needed to poo!) and quickly found out I was dilated to a 10.
Keep in mind, my husband and I chose not to find out what the sex of the baby was. Well, we didn’t officially know, but we both just knew we were having a girl. After 30 fast minutes at the hospital, we had delivered our son, Rhett. I remember my amazing doctor telling me it was a boy and I quickly replied, “What am I going to do with a boy?” I will never forget her response. She said, “Oh just wait. He is going to steal your heart.” She was right.
1.) Boys are sweet and dirty and smelly all at the same time. People always say boys love their mommas, and they are right. They really do. Rhett loves to wrap his little fat arms around my neck and cover me in slobbery kisses, then moments later run oatmeal through his hair with his hands or find a snack from the trash can.
2.) A one year old boy can and will eat more than an adult woman. And I like to eat! I am constantly astonished at the amount of food my little guy can consume. I’m a little worried about how I will ever be able to feed him when he is a teenager. Not only am I amazed at the amount of food he consumes, I am amazed at how fast he eats it. He will cry and throw a little fit if you are not feeding him quickly–no time to grab a quick bite for yourself. It’s a constant mealtime struggle at my house! Fortunately, my husband is a teacher, so he is a pro at eating his meal quickly and can then focus his attention on the “starving” baby.
3.) Boys are curious. I didn’t experience this as much with my daughter, so I’m not sure if it’s a boy/girl thing or just a personality thing. The kid is into anything and everything. He is interested in something for about 2 minutes (if we’re lucky) then moves on to the next thing that catches his eye. He is always on the move looking for the next thing to crawl through, climb on or eat. Boy moms need a good pair of tennis shoes to keep up.
4.) God’s plans are the best plans. Like I mentioned before, I would have bet $100 I was having a girl. I had bought a few girl items and set up the crib in my daughters room because the “girls” were going to share. I think it took two weeks to wrap my mind around the fact I had a son. Once again, He has shown me He knows what is best. A day hasn’t passed that I have not been thankful to have a sweet son!
Tips on being a boy mom? Please help! I’m new at this, too! We’ll figure it out together, one day at a time! We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Happy first birthday to our little Rhetter Man!