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Monday
May202013

Guest blogger Abigail Green: OMG, I'm raising a BOY

While I take some time off to snuggle my own newborn boy, enjoy this guest post from author, blogger freelance journalist, and boy-mom extraordinaire Abigail Green. I think Abby will be able to teach me a thing or two about raising my own little guy.

OMG, I’m Raising a Boy!

Every once in a while, a shocking thought occurs to me: I am raising a boy. A BOY. I have nothing against boys in general. I grew up with one. I was raised by one. I married one. I’ve been friends with a whole bunch of ’em throughout my life.

Maybe it’s because of my familiarity with the male gender that I’m worried about what’s in store for me as my son gets older. There’s just no denying that boys are different. They act differently than girls do, think differently, pee differently…

Listen, I’m not one to perpetuate gender stereotypes. I jump down my husband’s throat whenever he says some baseball player “throws like a girl.” I bought my niece plenty of non-pink clothes. But you can’t argue with hard evidence.

My mom likes to talk about how it was fashionable in the ’70s to give toy trucks to girls and baby dolls to boys. Guess what happened? The boys would shoot at each other with the dolls and the girls would put the trucks to bed. And then there are the physical differences. If there’s an obstacle in their way, most girls will daintily pick their way around it, while boys will barrel right on through it. My mom calls this “the Marine mentality.”

If you haven’t been forwarded that e-mail about raising boys, it’s pretty funny. Yet scary. Because I have no doubt it’s true. My husband, his brother and their friends used to jump off the roof into their swimming pool when their parents weren’t home. Can you say “lawsuit”?! The mere thought makes my hair gray.

Even when they’re grown up, boys are capable of baffling behavior. I’ve compiled a little list to start off the discussion. YES, these are all true, and NO, these are not all veiled references to my husband.

-- One guy told his wife he was “stopping by” a friend’s house after work (5 p.m.) and was annoyed when she called him at 10:30 p.m. to find out where the hell he was. “I told you I was stopping by a friend’s!” he says. Never mind the fact that his wife had been up with both children since 5 a.m. that morning and he hadn’t bothered to call home.

-- A mom came home from work to discover half a onesie hanging on the doorknob. Apparently, when faced with a diaper blowout of magnificent proportions, dad had decided the best course of action was to cut the dirty garment in half rather than pulling the poopy part over the baby’s head. OK, but did he have to hang it on the doorknob?!

-- One guy, with a baby on the way any day now, decides it’s a great time to buy a flat screen TV and spend all his free time – which could be spent, say, doing stuff that’s actually helpful – researching and shopping for the damn thing. Oh, and he also decided it’s the perfect time to scrape and repaint that lead-paint-covered radiator in their bedroom. Who cares if the car seat’s not installed yet and the crib’s still in the box?

-- Another dad fed his 6-month-old butternut squash while the baby was wearing his best white shirt, because dad claimed he couldn’t find any bibs even though there were two – count ’em, TWO – bibs directly beneath the sports section right there on the kitchen table in front of him.

-- Then there was the guy who unplugged the freezer full of breast milk to plug in the Shop-Vac … (OK, OK, this was totally my husband, and it was an accident and he felt horrible and apologized a million times. But STILL.)

Yes, I know we women do plenty of stupid and/or inexplicable things, too. But what do you know, I’m out of space! Too bad.

What differences have you noticed between males and females?

Abigail Green is now a mother of TWO boys, as well as a writer and blogger in Baltimore. She is the author of the e-book Mama Insider: Laughing (And Sometimes Crying) All the Way Through Pregnancy, Birth, and the First 3 Months, available in PDF and Kindle versions. She blogs about parenting, publishing, and her ongoing attempts to find calm amidst the chaos at http://www.AbbyOfftheRecord.com.