My next friend is just such a fantastic, genuine and fun blogger!! Adrienne writes a variety of posts that are always worth taking the time to read. She uniquely calls her blog “The Mommy Mess”. And who can’t relate to THAT? Please welcome a dear friend of mine in the blogging world!!!
Hey there, I’m Adrienne. I’m honored to be over here today with Chris!
So, I’m an all boy mama. I have two sons, ages 14 and 8. They’re not cute little toddlers anymore and this big kid mom gig is a lot different than the good old days when I had them fooled. I actually have to work at making them like me now. Who knew?
I’m usually one to rant and rave about how I love being a mom of boys.
“Oh, Boys just love their mamas!”
“Oh, no. I’m glad I didn’t have girls!”
“Boys are just more fun!”
And while these quotes are (mostly) true, there are some days I’m left wondering how I will swim out from under the sea of testosterone I live in.
You see, I have three boys in my life. Two children and one husband, so that’s like 3 boys, right?
Sometimes, being the only girl is no fun!
So today, I thought I’d talk about all of the stuff that isn’t so wonderful about being a mom of boys.
1. The Potty Problem
Here’s the thing with boys. They pee everywhere! It’s my number one pet peeve in housekeeping, and one I’m afraid will never go away. My youngest likes to talk to me when he’s in the potty, which leads to lots of pee everywhere. I even have to take down the shower curtain weekly and wash it. Gross. I have to wipe the surrounding walls. Behind the toilet, to the left, to the right…it’s a never ending chore. I would have been fine if my kids just never potty trained and went off to college in diapers. Nobody ever told me how awful this potty problem was, so I’m telling you. You’re welcome.
2. The Bodily Function Problem
If there’s a hole and it makes noise, my boys will use it. For making noise. At the worst times. In the worst places. When I’m in the worst mood. What gives with farting and burping? It’s gross. Why is it so funny? I don’t get it either, Sister, but both are a big hit here. I mean my husband is 40! If someone farts or burps, even he laughs. It’s like I live with Beavis and Butthead except there’s three of them and they don’t wear AC/DC t-shirts.
3. The Gang Up on Mom Problem
Every now and then, like oh, I don’t’ know? Every night. The boys gang up on me. It starts to get late, the farting and burping become funnier, and mom becomes grumpier. This is when the testosterone is in full effect. It’s like they come out at night. The later the more annoying. You see, I’m with the boys all day. By the time my husband gets home, he’s ready to let loose and wrestle, be loud, fart, and be as equally annoying as my children. This makes my need for some peace and quiet hard to find. That’s when I hide on my bathroom with my laptop or go to Yoga.
4. The Volume Problem
Seriously, ya’ll. Boys are loud. And guess what? As they get older, they’re voice gets much deeper and they get more loud. Sometimes? It’s terrible to admit this…but the sound of my son’s voice just irritates me. It’s not his fault, it’s just so loud. I always feel bad because I’m irritated before he even has a chance to tell me what he wants to. I’m ready to run and hide at the mere sound of my name, “Mom!”. I know. I’m a terrible mother.
Secret: I wear earplugs when I have PMS. Something about PMS and volume just don’t mix. Thank God for my long hair covers them up. Shhhh. Don’t tell.
5. “The Talk” problem
Ok, this is a big one. I think there’s a double standard when it comes to raising our boys to stay pure. My husband and I are on different spiritual levels, but even my close friends who are married to Christian men say they struggle with this topic. Old school? Unrealistic? Call it what you want. I’m not planning on keeping condoms under the bathroom sink, and I don’t plan on being a grandma before my time. Luckily, we’re not quite there yet, but, I definitely think there’s a double standard when it comes to raising boys to be pure. That’s just not fair.
Are you an all boy mama? What’s been your biggest peeve?
All girls? Let’s hear it!
Adrienne is a homeschooling mother of two and blogger at www.themommymess.com, where she writes about the mess of motherhood, marriage, and all things mom! Her writing is always honest, sometimes sarcastic, and never perfect! You can also find her as @TheMommyMess on twitter.