Would you like to be a member of our research panel? Join here - there's (nearly) always a great incentive offered for your views.

It's a boy! What do I do now??

(40 Posts)
Expectans Thu 20-Jun-13 15:17:36

I have just been told I am having a boy. I have NO IDEA what to do with a boy. So far there have been 6 little girls in my family, so no one else will have any idea either. I had visions of dolls houses and pretty dresses.

I am delighted that so far it, he, is healthy, but help! I am feeling clueless. Did anyone else feel the same?

TinkyPeet Fri 21-Jun-13 22:31:29

My dd finds farts hillarious
Tbh....so do I grin
And I get far more squishy cuddles from ds1 than I do from dd who just likes being a cow Independant
Boys are fantastic smile
And there is nothing better than rolling down a grassy hill on a sunny day, with both ds and dd

AdoraBell Fri 21-Jun-13 19:56:05

Me too Soupdragon grin

DianeDavies Fri 21-Jun-13 19:30:32

Soupdragon Aaaaaaarrgghh!!!! shock wink

AdoraBell Fri 21-Jun-13 17:06:03

Can I just say that our DDs managed to pee in daddy's face as babies? No idea how as it's supposed not to happen, but it can, clearly. And they did the dissecting dead things too, and DD2 loves playing with her Hot Wheels, and play fighting with the dog, I'm not so keen on that activity.

runningonwillpower Fri 21-Jun-13 16:59:03

Congratulations Expectans!

Worry not. Your baby boy will teach you everything you need to know.

MummyAbroad Fri 21-Jun-13 16:53:50

..another advantage, we have just had nits and its easy peasy to get rid of from short boy hair. My hair on the other hand too aaaaaages <wail>

and yes, remote control electric toys are brill.

SoupDragon Fri 21-Jun-13 16:00:48

I'm sure we didnt do things like that when we were kids

I used to peel rolled up woodlice grin

spiderlight Fri 21-Jun-13 14:48:39

I did, briefly, but boys are brilliant. They are cuddly and funny and you get to play with much better toys!

JollyShortGiant Fri 21-Jun-13 14:44:39

I have a boy. The lack of tights and hair bobbles in our house is lovely.

We know the names of lots of tractors and different types of agricultural and construction machinery. I have to learn this to tell him. Living rurally in a village that is building new houses at a rate of knots I think any child would be interested in what's going on around them.

DianeDavies Fri 21-Jun-13 14:42:46

soupdragon Glad its not just my child then, haha. But I'm sure we didnt do things like that when we were kids - kids are wierd these days!! wink

SoupDragon Fri 21-Jun-13 14:40:12

)... is it really necessary to dissect the dead fly from the windowsill (wings and legs everywhere).. I dont find trumping hilarious..theres got to be better places to relax your hand than down your pants.. pictures of flowers are nicer than pictures of people with eyes hanging out surely..

Thing is, DD (7) likes dissecting dead flies, trumping and drawing pictures of vampires with dripping fangs. She also drew an anatomically correct picture of a heart when drawing a picture of how our cat died recently. hmm

I think it's children I don't understand rather than boys per se grin

v funny thread!

i'm expecting a boy and he will be the first in my family for 4 generations! i have no experience with boy whatsoever but i'm sure i'll manage grin. i'll watch out for errant hosepipes thats for sure...

DianeDavies Fri 21-Jun-13 13:44:38

My boy is 13yrs old and I'm still perplexed. I come from a background of ALL girls so I had no idea what you do with a boy. Yes there is the uncontrolable hosepipe issue but you soon learn to dodge that. I struggled with play time... what on earth do you do with trains (brum)? ..cars are boring (to me)... is it really necessary to dissect the dead fly from the windowsill (wings and legs everywhere).. I dont find trumping hilarious..theres got to be better places to relax your hand than down your pants.. pictures of flowers are nicer than pictures of people with eyes hanging out surely.. how do you brush boys hair?

MummyAbroad Thu 20-Jun-13 21:49:23

Dont put your cup of tea on the changing table next to baby boy - mine once weed up in a perfect arc and straight into the cup!

forevergreek Thu 20-Jun-13 17:55:15

Iv only been wee'ed on once ( not bad with 2 boys), I dot think most pee that often when nappy is off

Also clothes so much easier. Eventually girls have trousers/ shorts/ skirts/ dresses. Boys generally have trousers or shorts, that's it smile

Get some folded muslins (FFS autocorrect, I don't mean Muslims) to put over the penis whilst changing him.

Other than that, the same. My DS plays with a dolls house most days...

SoupDragon Thu 20-Jun-13 17:40:46

I think the only difference between boys and girls as babies is that with a boy you're likely to get wee-ed on in the eye but with a girl it's likely to run off the changing mat onto your feet.

SoupDragon Thu 20-Jun-13 17:38:42

I heard from experienced parents that boys are more difficult as babies/toddlers, but get a lot easier when they are older. And girls on the other hand are easier as babies and get more difficult as they get older

Nope. That's a myth. <<glares at DD>>

MummyAbroad Thu 20-Jun-13 17:36:52

I had just the same reaction as you when I found out. I am so glad that I found out during pregnancy so I had time to adjust, by the time he was born I felt thrilled about it, and I have never looked back or wished for anything different. I have TWO boys now. Wouldnt change it for anything, its lovely.

BraveLilBear Thu 20-Jun-13 17:23:02

Weirdly, this has been worrying me too! I'm 35 weeks with DC1, and have felt that this was a girl from the word go - weird, as I was a tomboy growing up and always imagined myself as a mother of boys, and I also have a totally lovely DSS who's nearly 11 and great.

But I keep having the odd panic about 'what if it's a boy?' 'I wouldn't know what to do with a boy' also wouldn't know what to do with a girl tbh and have been worrying that I'd subconcsiously (sorry, brain forgotten how to spell) treat him differently and communicate differently...

It's totally irrational, but I understand your feeling! Hopefully, by the time it pops out, I'll be so tired busy that I won't be able to overthink it...

MrFranklyShankly Thu 20-Jun-13 17:18:14

Knitting novice I'm in tears at your post....that's hilarious!

Sleepthief Thu 20-Jun-13 16:20:15

I've got three boys and never had any wee in the face etc. DS2 did poo across the room at 5 days old, but I suspect that could just as easily happen with a girl...

Fakebook Thu 20-Jun-13 16:15:37

I felt just like this when I found out I was having my DS, 4 years after my dd was born. I didn't know what I was going to do with him!

Well it's quite easy. He just does everything his sister did and plays with everything she played with grin.

I'm finding out what my third baby is tomorrow and wouldn't mind another boy. Nappy changing is so much faster and easier with them!

I have one of each and as we're still in the baby/toddler stage I would say its personality not willies or fanjos that makes the difference.
People bring stereotypes into it and preconceived ideas about boys/girls which skews how they see things.

Chickpea1983 Thu 20-Jun-13 16:05:09

I heard from experienced parents that boys are more difficult as babies/toddlers, but get a lot easier when they are older. And girls on the other hand are easier as babies and get more difficult as they get older (I cant imagine how my parents coped with me - proper madam!!).

So OP, you get the easier life smile

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now