Monday, August 20, 2012

On Being a Boy Mom as a Girly Girl {Guest Post}.

I've started asking a few of my bloggy friends to guest post for me. I think it's good to give another perspective on this whole mom thing, and I happen to love the perspective that a lot of my blog friends bring to the table. If you're interested in guest blogging, feel free to shoot me an email at . Jenna is my guest today. We've actually gotten to know each other in real life as well as in the blog world... my boys LOVE spending time with her boys (Brayden calls her oldest son "the other Brayden"-haha!), and I love spending time with someone who knows what it's like to have two boys so close in age! Hope you enjoy her insights today!
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Hi everyone! I’m Jenna, and I blog over at I’ve been blogging for the past 4 years about pregnancy, raising boys, recipes, DIY tutorials and much more! I’m so fortunate to have met Lindsey through blogging and she is one of my closest friends. I’m honored to be guest posting here today!

I’m the mom of two very spirited and sweet boys, Brayden, who is three and a half
and Brody, who will be two in November.

I’ve always been a “girly girl.”

I love getting my nails done.
I was a serious ballerina.
I hate to get dirty.
I love to bake.
I big pink fluffy heart the color pink.
I enjoy wearing heels.
I looooooooooove to shop.
I do my hair and makeup every single day, regardless of if we’re going anywhere.

When I found out my first (and then my second) were boys, I received a ton of these

“I always pictured you raising girls.”

“I bet you’ll keep trying until you get a girl!”

and the worst…
“I bet you’re disappointed that you didn’t get to have a girl.”

Comments like these I will never, ever understand. Would I love to have a girl?
Absolutely. In fact, we just started the adoption process, and we are hoping to adopt a baby girl – but NOT because I’m not over the moon thrilled with my two precious boys. There’s actually a whole backstory behind my desire to adopt, and I’m sure I’ll share that one day, but today is not that day.

Do I love my boys with all my heart? More than I could ever put into words. Was I
disappointed in not having a girl? NO. Not one single, tiny, microscopic bit.

My days are now filled with trucks, John Deere tractors, toy work benches, swords,
mohawks, Mike the Knight, sneakers, muddy hands, toy lawn mowers, scraped
knees, Cars band aids and Mighty Machine videos.

And this girly girl loves every second of it.

We still do things that Mommy likes. We have dance parties almost every morning
to fun songs, like “Call Me Maybe” and “Gold on the Ceiling.” Both my boys have
seen Twilight (gasp, I know!). Brayden actually really likes New Moon and has a
stuffed wolf named Jacob – don’t judge me. We go shopping together, and I take
them on dates to Chick-fil-a. I still order them monogrammed shirts, backpacks and
just about anything else I can get away with. They even help me bake their favorite
treats, and do the laundry.

I’m looking forward to days filled watching them at sports practice and trying to
build the biggest lego tower ever. I had to – and continue to – learn how to be a
boy mom. Everyday, we learn something new together that makes our bond even

I hope one day that their wives will appreciate that they were raised by a mom who
taught them how to cook and do the laundry. I pray that some of my girly tendencies
will in turn make them better husbands and fathers.

I’m a girly girl mom, raising two beautiful boys. My life is filled with mud pies and high fives – and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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