Today’s Shade of Shay is about me being a boy mom. Two weeks ago, I did my girl mom post here, but today, it’s about my boy.
I didn’t know Smith was a boy until the day he was born…and to be honest, I kind of wanted a girl. I had a one year old girl at the time, so I thought it would be better. I had lots of hair bows, lots of girl toys, lots of pink…I knew girls and thought it would be better…but I was so wrong. The minute I saw those big blue eyes and little dimples, I was sold out completely to being a boy mom.
I absolutely adore being a boy mom.
One of the best parts to being a boy mom is watching him turn into a little gentleman. He already likes to take care of things for me. He always offers to “fix” things, get things for me, help Andrew out with “guy” things like working in the yard, washing the car and stuff like that. He really is a little man.
I find raising a boy challenging sometimes too. I want him to have manners and be polite, but I also want to embrace the rough and rowdy boy in him as well. He runs (a lot), bumps into things (a lot), climbs, digs, builds, shoots, dumps, buries, and moves things (a lot). I want my house to be a great place for a boy to live…which often means I have to be okay with forts being built out of my kitchen table and couch cushions, bow and arrows being shot at my clean kitchen window the occasional monster jumping out at me when I turn the corner.
My main goal in raising Smith is that I raise him to leave and live his life for Christ. As much as I love him, I want to raise him to be the kind of man who leaves his mama and seeks out Christ’s will for his life. I pray every day that God works on his heart (even at this young age) and prepares him to be a man with strong beliefs and convictions.
Smith is about to be the middle child, and I know that is going to change a lot of things for him. My prayer is that he is a strong example for both of his sisters. I am thankful for his thoughtfulness, kindness and sweet heart…he is going to need that when he’s outnumbered by the girls.
Sometimes when you watch the news and read the paper, you get the impression that this is a generation of lazy men (they don’t stick around for their wives and kids, they don’t keep jobs…you just see a lot of laziness in the world today)…my prayer is that he is a motivated guy. I want him to be ambitious, hardworking and driven. I want him to be the kind of guy that’s going to build a strong and stable life for his family one day.
He tells me every day that he wants to play baseball for the Yankees. I love that he already has big dreams (even if those dreams would make me have to start cheering for the dreaded Yankees…).
A few things about Smith right now…
1. He loves to build things. Legos are his favorite but any kind of block or build-able object works for him. Considering all of the Shull men have engineering degrees…this surprises no one.
2. His favorite color is orange.
3. He has a blue blanket named Little Blue Blankey that he loves so much. He sleeps with it every day and any time he is upset, he holds it. He tells me he is going to have it forever.
4. He cannot wait to be a big brother! He is just so excited to have someone to boss around like Kensington bosses him around :). Little does he know that Ashby will probably boss him around too…living with two sisters, I doubt Smith will ever not be told what to do. 🙂
5. Smith talks non-stop. I mean all the time. Without ceasing. If he’s awake, he is talking. His little mind is always going and he has a million questions and/or comments. And he’s not talking just to hear himself…he is wanting to engage in a conversation with you the entire time. Kensington is so good at talking with him…I will hear him upstairs talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and she will be so patient and sweet when she answers (because sometimes, I want to say “please be quiet so that mommy can think”).
6. He gives the best hugs and kisses.
7. His favorite TV shows are Paw Patrol and Ninja Turtles :).
8. Smith’s favorite food is pizza. He loves the flavor of pepperoni but not the pepperonis themselves…so he always orders a Pepperoni Pizza but then picks the pepperonis off. If you order him a cheese, pizza he gets upset because it doesn’t taste like pepperoni. Sigh.
9. He loves playing with his Ninja Turtle toys, his bow and arrow, swimming, riding his bike, and Legos. He is great at entertaining himself but he much prefers it if Kensington is there to play with him. He will play whatever she wants him to (Barbies, dolls, Littlest Pet Shop, Strawberry Shortcake…whatever!) as long as she wants to play with him.
10. And it must be noted that Smith enjoys sleeping. A good nap or going to bed at night is a delight for him. Right now, I don’t mind, but I totally see in my future a big teenage boy that I might literally be having to drag from his bed to get up for school.
I absolutely adore being a boy mom. He might be rough, he might be loud, he might jump off of things he shouldn’t be on top of…but he’s really sweet and makes my heart melt. I cherish these days when he lets me kiss on him and he cuddles with me because I know they are few and far between.
I just didn’t know how fun it would be to raise a little man….but it has been such a blessing.
Today is the first day of school for Kensington! Eeks! My post tomorrow will be all about her first day. Right now, I’m trying my best to keep it together. It’s a very big “first” in our house today. I’m praying she has a wonderful day today.
For all of you mamas with kiddos back in school, my Meal Planning Monday will help you out! It’s recipes made for busy families.
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