Ever since I found out I was pregnant with a boy I've wondered what it's like to parent and love a boy. I've loved boys as a teenager, boys throughout college and one specifically who became a man and married me but what's it like to parent a boy?
I have two brothers but that doesn't tell me what it's like to parent a son.
I've read blogs saying boys are more cuddly, destructive, etc but I've never really been sold on comparative adjectives with boys and girls. My daughter is a tom boy who breaks most norms for girls in her love of SpongeBob and Toy Story Buzz and Woody - all of which may be a result of husband being a stay at home dad.
So I've wondered and wondered for the past 6 months and also wondered if I would love him as much as Charlotte.
For 9 months I've fought hard for this baby to be big and strong, I've gone on bed rest, done extensive yoga training to get my mind and body ready for that one special day of birth, I've controlled eating to only gain 25lbs making sure to eat a well balanced but supportive diet and I've gone to triple the amount of doctor's appointments then with Charlotte.
All of it was worth it. He has completely charmed me in the less than 9 days he's been in this world. I can't say it was the instant they put him in my arms because I was pretty exhausted, sleepy and drugged from the IV injection following birth so I could get through the 15-20 minutes of stitches but as I've nursed him over the past 9 days I've become completely infatuated with this little guy. He keeps me going on an insane schedule, last night from 9pm - 7am I only managed to score 4 hours of sleep! But it doesn't matter because he is my little guy and I'm just so thrilled to have him become part of our family.