While waiting to pick up Asher from preschool, I was eavesdropping on a conversation between two prego moms who were due to give birth to baby boys. As they waited for their daughters’ class to finish, they bemoaned the fact that they would have to buy all new clothes, toys, bedding, etc. this time around. They also were questioning how raising baby boys would differ from their experience with raising girls. Now, as a mommy of two boys I certainly am not an expert in this area. But of course I am a girl and came from a family of all girls, so I think I can safely make some assumptions on how baby boys differ from girls. (I also have consulted with an all-time expert on the topic, my sister Kim, who has been through babyhood with two baby girls and two baby boys. God bless her!)
Top 5 Ways Baby Boys Differ from Baby Girls:
- Let’s just get the most obvious reason out of the way so that we can move on. Baby boys have penises, or as Asher likes to call them peanuts. One of my mother’s elderly friends summed it up beautifully in the following quote, “From the time they are born, they hold onto it as if it were going to fall off!”
- Baby boys have an incredible ability to make all things roar and fight. It doesn’t matter if it is a stick or a rock. If it’s in his hand, it is probably roaring and fighting.
- Baby boys seize any opportunity to tackle something. It might be a stuffed animal, the dog, a sibling…or most fun, an unsuspecting Mommy who has bent down to clean a spill. If you are at eye level, you are fair game to be pounced upon.
- Baby boys find socially-unacceptable bodily noises hilarious. The noise made by an almost-empty ketchup bottle will send them into giggle fits for several minutes!
- All baby boys dream of being super heroes. The joy they receive from all things big, strong, tough, and mean is incomprehensible to this Big Girl.
He is going to eat a grape.
Now it’s my turn!
Ha, ha, ha. I stole his grape!
“Zeph, could you please use your fork?” Sure Mommy, no problem.