I see the boy

He’s growing up so quickly that I don’t know how the time has passed by me so quickly again (yes again… time flew by with the girls too). Where did my cuddly little baby go that was here yesterday and where did this little boy come from today?

eating his toes

I know that he’s growing up, learning new things, and changing every day but it wasn’t until the evening we were at the school for young readers group that it truly dawned on me. I sat there and watched him play with the other children, even the ones who were much older than him. He seemed to fit right in with the kids as they all ran around and played together…. even when they started rough housing. I’ll be honest… at first I was scared that he would get hurt but it became clear that he was all boy and that there was nothing to be worried about.


It was then that I fully realized that I’m a mom of a boy and that I don’t know what to do! I’ve spent the last 16 years as a mom to girls. There is such a huge difference in the way that boys and girls play… the things they do…. the things they like to play with. And here’s a confession… I don’t like playing outside and getting dirty. Not at all and it’s already evident that he loves playing outside and getting dirty doesn’t seem to bother him one bit. It looks like I’ll be stepping outside of my comfort zone this summer and learning to be the mom of a little boy.

outside fun

It’s left me wondering what the future will bring and will I be able to live up to being the mom of a little boy. What I do know is that there is no need to worry about him having all sisters & no boys to play with because being a boy is totally ingrained no matter what we seem to do.

little man

I see the boy that he is becoming so quickly. So happy, carefree, and willing to jump off of anything he can climb on to. I see a wonderful little boy who simply adores his sister, his grandparents, and most importantly….. tractors.

32 Responses to I see the boy
  1. Stacy Uncorked
    March 14, 2012 | 7:40 am

    He is so CUTE!! And I know what you mean – after 8 years of having just a girl, we added Little Dude to the mix…boys sure are different than girls! ;)

    Signs of Spring At Last

    • Jackie
      March 15, 2012 | 11:39 am

      They are night and day! Then again in some ways they’re similar too.

  2. Mrs. Jen B
    March 14, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Funny, I read this and remembered one day years ago while sitting in my parents’ living room, my baby brother was playing and he stood up and walked away from me, then looked back and smiled. And I saw the little boy he was going to become, not just a baby anymore. It’s such a huge moment – a happy one and a punch in the gut at the same time.

    And honestly, can we discuss this little boy “love to get dirty” thing? Where does that COME from??

    • Jackie
      March 15, 2012 | 11:38 am

      I have no idea! But after watching my sisters boys when she comes home and hearing her stories when she calls and of course seeing little boys at the girls school it has become apparent that they love to play in the dirt and make messes!

  3. Shell
    March 14, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    I’ve learned to embrace the dirt that comes with little boys.

    Or at least tolerate it. ;)

    • Jackie
      March 15, 2012 | 11:36 am

      I can get to the tolerate point I think. Besides he can take a bath every evening, right!

  4. Elaine
    March 14, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    Awww, he’s such a little man in that sport coat! Love it! :-)

    I feel the same way, just opposite after having boys. Of course I’m a girl myself so it’s a little easier… ;)

    • Jackie
      March 15, 2012 | 11:36 am

      I love that jacket! I got it at a resale shop and then found another one just like it but in a different color.

  5. angela
    March 14, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    I know this feeling, except I don’t have the 16 years of experience! But I am trying to figure out how to be a mom to a boy, because I am much more of a “let’s color or do a craft or read on the couch” mom than “let’s eat this stick with a side of mud” mom.


    • Jackie
      March 15, 2012 | 11:35 am

      That is exactly how I am! And it was easy with the girls because they were ok with that! Maybe Andrew will too…. he seems to like putting puzzles together and coloring.

  6. Kimberly
    March 14, 2012 | 6:09 pm

    I have 3 boys so far and I still haven’t figured out this dirt and sticks game.

    He is such a cutie!!

    • Jackie
      March 15, 2012 | 11:34 am

      I don’t get it either… why is it so fun to play with?

      …I’m hoping that you’re having a girl this time!

  7. blueviolet
    March 14, 2012 | 9:18 pm

    I was so happy that I had one of each. I love the differences, and I wouldn’t have it either way. I can see that you’re starting to appreciate that too.

    He is so precious!

    • Jackie
      March 15, 2012 | 11:33 am

      Thanks. I kinda like him.

      I’m getting used to the idea of playing in the dirt and all that.

  8. Missy @ Wonder, Friend
    March 14, 2012 | 10:00 pm

    So sweet – this made me a little teary! My oldest just turned 6, and I don’t understand where those years went.

    PS – I have two boys and I am not one bit interested in the whole outside-run-around-get-filthy-dirty thing, either. It takes a lot of willpower for me to allow them their fun. But I’m learning and getting better (I hope!). ;-)

    • Jackie
      March 15, 2012 | 11:33 am

      I’ll tell ya… girls are easier. They’re content to just sit and play quietly! Not Andrew…. he’s far from sitting quietly.

  9. Andrea
    March 14, 2012 | 11:23 pm

    Total cuteness. But they grow way too quickly, it seems.

    • Jackie
      March 15, 2012 | 11:31 am

      They really do. Thank goodness for pictures!

  10. Recovering Supermom
    March 15, 2012 | 2:06 am

    What a sweet boy! Don’t worry, I think you’ll adapt as much as you need to when it’s time to play outside. Or there’s always water play when it’s warm…that’s at least a little cleaner. :)

    • Jackie
      March 15, 2012 | 11:31 am

      Yes! The water play is much better than the dirt he’s been throwing around the past couple of days!

  11. erin margolin
    March 15, 2012 | 9:25 am


    I confess—I wouldn’t know how to be the mom of a little boy either, not after estrogen x 3 in this house (not counting myself, obviously). I’m not a fan of getting dirty, but I’ll have you know my girls have gotten VERY dirty/sweaty/gross in the lovely spring weather outside the last two days in a row…so. It’s not just boys. Which is what I thought. LOL! Love all the photos!


    • Jackie
      March 15, 2012 | 11:30 am

      The first 2 years have been pretty similar to the way it was with the girls. But now that he’s getting older and doing more I’m a bit lost.

  12. Jess
    March 15, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    I have no idea how to be a boy mom but I guess we figure it out once we have a boy. He is adorable and I’m sure the tractors love being loved by him.

  13. Emily Suess
    March 15, 2012 | 7:49 pm

    I’m resigned to not having kids now, but it’s funny that when I was younger I wanted a boy if I had a child at all. Girls terrify me! :)

    He really is a handsome kiddo, Jackie.

  14. Missy | The Literal Mom
    March 15, 2012 | 8:48 pm

    What a cutie! I can imagine it’s been a change to go from girls to a sweet little boy! We’re an all girl family here – oy. Mostly awesome – sometimes too much DRAMA!

  15. Kristy @PampersandPinot
    March 16, 2012 | 9:58 am

    The time goes by so crazy fast. All those pictures are cute, but that first one – adorable!!!

  16. By Word of Mouth Musings
    March 16, 2012 | 10:15 am

    The curls, the smile – do you not just want to eat him up.

  17. angie
    March 16, 2012 | 3:37 pm

    I cannot even tell you how much I love that second picture. I hope that you have it blown up and framed in your home. It’s that amazing.

  18. Elena
    March 17, 2012 | 10:01 pm

    What a doll! The time does go by so fast – couldn’t agree more!

  19. Mayor Gia
    March 18, 2012 | 1:21 am

    Awww, what a cute baby!!

  20. brattypants
    March 22, 2012 | 8:39 am

    The old saying goes, “boys will be boys” and it is so true! My son is only a year old, and I can already sense how much of a boy he truly is!

    Beautiful pictures – he’s such a cutie!

    • Jackie
      March 22, 2012 | 2:26 pm

      Thanks! I that you’re right…. boys will be boys!

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