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Boys Will Be Boys

And sometimes boys will be unstoppable forces of destruction

Before Jedidiah was born 13 months ago, I used to see little boys running around at the speed of light, climbing furniture like chimpanzees and banging on things for no reason.

I used to see them fighting, yelling and jumping and I would roll my eyes when their moms would inform me, “Oh, he’s just being a boy. Boys will be boys, you know.”

“Yeah, right!” I would think to myself. “If I ever have a boy, he will never act like that! I never even had to baby-proof the house with any of my girls!”

Alas, the irony of my own predictions has struck yet again.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my baby boy. He means the world to me! But here is a sampling of what he’s doing to drive me nuts (so far):

He wakes up before anyone else and proceeds to smack the bluebird music box on the side of his crib with the palm of his hand - BANG! Bang BANG! Bang! - over and over until I come in to get him. He grins up at me with his little moon-shaped face and big blue eyes, all cute and unassuming.

He is thrilled to have a new day! He is thrilled to be alive! He pulls on the crib rails and stands up on wobbly legs to reach for me. Only then do I see that he has somehow yanked off his pants, his socks and lost his diaper. He is thrilled to be naked!

I love mornings with him before everyone else is awake. Even though he's wiggly, I can usually buy some butt-wiping time by handing him the little cat figurine from the shelf above the changing table (if his hands are free, he feels compelled to stick them in poop.)

When we snuggle together in the rocking chair, I love the way he nuzzles his little fuzzy head down between my neck and my shoulder...we cuddle under his cozy blue and yellow ducky blanket and nurse and rock and usually I sing him a song or two. He smiles and coos at me then reaches up to poke one finger in my eye and the other up my nose.

And this is the calm before the storm.

He's VERY impatient for his breakfast, so as soon as he is done, he slides down my legs into the floor and he is gone. If I happen to look away for two seconds, then I’ll be all over the house looking for him, calling out “Jed! Jeddy!” as if he's going to say, “Hey Mom! In here!”

Over the next several hours (until the arrival of glorious naptime), I may find him enjoying one of his favorite pastimes:

Making Cheerio soup by mixing his cereal with the water in his sippy cup

Sneaking dog food out of the bowl and cramming it into his mouth

Crawling up the stairs, full-steam ahead, laughing and looking back over his shoulder 

Sticking his hand in the toilet and swirling it all around

Throwing food all over the floor and rubbing the leftovers into his hair

Opening cabinets to pull everything out and dump it on the floor

Hammering any object he can find with his little wooden hammer (including glass doors)

Opening the kitchen trash can so he can rummage around in it then get his fingers stuck when the lid closes

Pulling books, CDs, movies and anything else on a shelf off the shelf

Turning on the bathtub faucet so he can splash water everywhere

Tearing up his sisters’ artwork, craft projects, dollhouse, Polly Pockets, ponies, dress-up clothes – you name it

Climbing up on the bathtub, the bed, the chairs, the play kitchen counter – anywhere he can gain a foothold

Getting stuck under the table, the kitchen chairs, the desk, the coffee table – anywhere he will fit

I know that these are not terrible things; sometimes they may even be deemed cute things. They are not, however, things that I’ve ever had to deal with before. It’s exhausting!

I guess it’s a good thing he’s my youngest, though; if I’d had him first, I would’ve probably been way too tired to have any other kids.

Much to my dismay (and former disbelief), apparently boys WILL be boys.

Jesse Lansing January 15, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I dunno. He's perfectly behaved for me!
gail gorby January 15, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I think he's great !!!!!!,and so are you.
Beth Lydic January 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM
So you were rolling your eyes at me when I made excuses for my boys wild, crazy selves? Just kidding :) It is true, at least I have found. My boys are moving from the moment their eyes open to the minute their heads hit their pillows at night! Where as little lady is far more content to sit and read, color etc. What little blessings they are!
Shanna January 16, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I would agree boys are different, but I think my girls have a little bit of boy in them--especially my middle one!! She's always in the center of mischief and I remember similar things happened when she was Jed's age!!!
Devone January 16, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Shanna - I agree! My middle one has the most "boy" too :) But she still has nothing on him... I think I remember you telling me about Mallorie, though... she sounds like she was definitely a handful!
Devone January 16, 2012 at 05:56 PM
No, not you! :) I don't remember you making excuses... but in general, I did roll my eyes a lot. This is God's way of telling me that I was wrong... AGAIN. :) They certainly do NOT keep still, do they!?
Devone January 16, 2012 at 05:56 PM
He is great... a terror, but great.
Devone January 16, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Yeah, right.
Susan January 17, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Now you know why when I had my ultrasound with Benjamin, I was a bit apprehensive when they told me "It's a boy!" Hee hee! I was thinking to myself, "Can I HANDLE another one?" But we just do it! They are a lot of work in the beginning (all the older moms always told me), but later on when your daughters are acting out (as teens), our sons are more laid back. Sigh....thank goodness! :) Love your articles.
Sharon August 01, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Boys are definitely different than girls. They just challenge us for the sheer fun of it, it seems. Adam used to scream out loud while playing in his room. I would run down the hall to see what was wrong. He would say, "Nothing, I just felt like yelling." I would just shake my head and go back to what I was doing. Each child is unique, for sure.

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