Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Daily Grind: Boys vs. Girls

At first, when I was pregnant with my second child, I wanted another girl.  They could share a room, share clothes, always have a best friend.  

Then I found out we were having a son.  I was very nervous.  After all, I'm a girl.  How do I care for little boy parts?!?  Thankfully, God gave us the instinct to care for our little bundles of joy regardless of their sex. (And we have wonderful nurses who teach us what we need to know to care for them!)

It's truly amazing the natural differences between boys and girls.  I'm not talking about physical differences.  I'm talking about their personalities, their likes and dislikes, what makes them happy.  The Bible reminds us that in a fear-inspiring way we are wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).  I couldn't agree more.

Almost as soon as Hunter was old enough to crawl around, he was fascinated with wheels and cars.  His favorite toys are match-box cars, trucks, plastic cars, the wheels on the stroller and he loves his "Cow".  Haylei, on the other hand, was, and still is, completely girly.  She loves her babies and having tea parties.  Dressing up in "princess" dresses, painting her fingernails and applying lipstick, haphazardly of course!
We visited my Momma today and I was struck by the marked differences in girls and boys.  Haylei was delicately playing with her plastic dollhouse and all the little dainty play-things that go inside.  And here comes Hunter...barreling in like a "bull in a china shop" or we could call him a "moose in a dollhouse".  It's comical really.  Hunter sat behind the dollhouse, sticking his gigantic foot through the door while Haylei was conducting a tea party on the other side.  Later he toddled around and proceeded to sit on the second floor of the dollhouse.  Granted, it did look like a little seat.  But he weighs a remarkable 30 pounds for his 20 months of age.  Thankfully, the dollhouse withstood the barrage of this destructible boy.  

Haylei loves to help me cook, bake and even clean.  Hunter likes to eat and make messes.  Maybe it's still his age.  I'm hoping he'll want to help out when he gets older.  Until then, our house is the most "baby-proofed" home in the neighborhood.  It might be because Hunter has broken both lamps in the living room.  Or it might be because he learned how to climb on the end-tables (which have been removed from the living room to the garage) and roll across the couch and start again.  My boy is very rambuctious but I've heard from my friends that this is not the case with all boys.  In fact, their daughters are the "wild-child" and their sons are the meek ones.

Hunter might be the wild one in our family, but he is also the sweetest, most lovable little baby boy.  Sadly, he's growing before my very eyes.  He'll be two years old in June.  It's hard to believe.  My mother-in-law is often heard telling the grand-kids she is going to put a brick on their heads to keep them from growing.  Where's that brick?

In the meantime, I'm loving the beautiful differences in each of my children.  I'm glad I have a son and a daughter.  I couldn't imagine my life any differently.  

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"The Daily Grind" are posts referring to my career as wife, mother, bookkeeper, seamstress, chauffeur, teacher, baker & cook and whatever else life throws my way. (Proverbs 31)

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8 comments:

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

I am with you I think it depends of the child's personality. Lucky for me (ha ha insert sarcasm) I was blessed with 2 wild child boys and yes our house is completely baby proof.

But what could I expect with 2 very active albeit wild parents, lol!

Maybe if we have a girl one day I will have a sweet meek child.

Susie said...

It is amazing how different kids can be. I am glad I had girls. I needed them to heal my upbringing:-)

Kerrance & Sabrina said...

I am glad to hear that someone else wanted two girls also. I was little disappointed when I found out our #2 is a boy. Everyone seems to think that a boy and a girl is "ideal". I figured two girls could share a room and we had all the clothes for a girl. Plus, I think I loved the relationship that my sister and I had growing up whereas I did NOT love the relationship that my brother and I had. I have gotten used to the idea and even am a little excited. Still nervous about washing boy parts but I'm sure it will fall into place.

Jennifer said...

I have a 3 &1/2 year old girl and a 2 year old boy. They are so different, but each a joy in their own way. She is a natural momma and he loves guns, cars, etc. It is so much fun to watch their personalities blossom. I'm expecting another and we are not finding out what this one is. I have so much fun with my kids I don't care which one we get :)

Sharon said...

I know what you mean... I always thought I wanted just girls (I'm one of three sisters) but oh the JOY of my Little Man. God knew just what this mama's heart needed! And I wouldn't have it any other way!

Jamie~ said...

Isn't it too fun? I have two boys and two girls, and I LOVE it! Everyone has a friend!

I totally get what you're saying about the differences. Mine came out different. It's hard and wonderful all at the same time.

Visiting from The Good, True and Beautiful.

Holly said...

This is so true! I have two girls (10, and 5), last year we had a sweet little boy (He just turned 1 in January). I was SO nervous! I knew nothing about boys! Babies to me meant ruffles, bows, and PINK. He has been so much fun. He is very different from the girls though. He can turn anything into a car....a block, a juice cup, a baby doll :) Anyway, it has been fun to see the differences each day.

Candi said...

It really is fun to see them be so different.

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