Guest Post: On having a BOY!

Since finding out we’re having a boy, a big part of our baby conversations at home and with friends revolve around having a little boy. I always said that Lara has been such a huge part of my growing up into a woman and I couldn’t imagine having anything else but this sweet little girl as my first baby. She helped me mature and we’ve kind of become these two super connected little souls over the course of the past 4 and so years. We do tons of girly things together, she’s super interested in drawing, she loves reading, learning to write, the color pink, makeup, play babies and plush toys, and is basically, at this point, a real girl’s girl.

So having a boy feels super exciting to me but also a little foreign. Will I know what to do? How to play with him? Will it come as naturally as it had with Lara? Everyone kept telling me having a boy is a totally different experience than having a girl and since a lot of my girlfriends recently had baby boys I was curious to find out about their experience. I enlisted my best friend Leja, who’s a mommy to the sweetest little boy named Mark . Here’s her take on having a BOY! 

Hello everyone, my name is Leja and Masha and I have been friends for quite some time now. Partners in crime since college we’ve both become mothers over the past couple of years and inevitably we’ve added parenthood and mommyhood to the list of our most discussed topics.

Here are my two boys!

I am a mommy of a very smiley 14 old month baby boy myself so when I received a text message from Masha saying that her second baby was going to be a boy, we quickly fell into back and forth messaging about all things “boy” and the differences between raising a little boy or a girl and the idea for a guest post was born.

She asked me to make a short list of my experiences on raising a little man so here it goes:

  • Changing diapers is sort of like opening a present; you never know when you’ll be surprised with a splash of pee all over the place. It’s actually very fun at the beginning, but with time you learn to rather keep an extra baby muslin square next to you to throw it over in order not to be…you know J
  •  And since we’re already mentioning that body part, let me tell you! When boys start discovering their baby parts, that one is their main priority. I still laugh all the time. Our granddad often jokes that it’s the first toy the boys get and it lasts them a lifetime.
  •  The less fun part of having a boy is the colic. Boys seem to be having more problems when it comes to tummy cramps. Luckily, there are many things on the market, which can ease the pain, but then again too many, so sometimes it might take a while to figure out which one really works. I suggest trying different tips such as swaddling, taking a ride, massaging them, etc. In my case, the holding position below was the one that helped the most:

Also, colic is usually worst when babies are around 6 to 8 weeks of age and goes away on its own between 8 and 14 weeks of age.

  • Sleeping wise I’ve heard, from the majority of girlfriends who have had baby girls, that girls are better sleepers than boys.
  •  As far as playing… Well, my baby boy is on the move at all times. He is a true explorer, interested in everything, so sometimes the room is a complete chaos within 10 minutes if not even less. No worries, it is not as bad as it sounds! Other times, he just wants to dance with mommy and daddy, look at different books, be read to, cuddle, etc. Right now he is into climbing, playing with elastics, cars, building blocks and so on. They are mommas little helpers, too! He imitates me at housekeeping, such as cooking-stirring with a spoon, wiping tables and windows, doing laundry. And he feels so proud doing it.
  •  And last but not least, you think grown men like boobies?! Well, you are mistaken! Breastfed baby boys are the absolute winners when it comes to that area.

Those were a few notes by me, I know Internet offers many more, and also feel free to add some more of your own.  That was all from me, hope you all have a lovely day!

P.S. I cannot wait for the superstar to be born! XOXO

Mark and Lara. Already little buds!

Mark and Lara. Already little buds!

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