Thursday, September 25, 2014

Being a Boy Mom

Last month I wrote a guest post for Elizabeth's Boy Mom Series over on her blog Chasin' Mason. I loved the opportunity to get to write about being a boy mom and, so that I have it in my archives, I thought I'd go ahead and post it here as well...

Hi! I'm Amy and I blog over at The Story of Us. Thank you so much Elizabeth, for asking me to join in on the Boy Mom series! Being a boy mom is better than I ever thought possible and I love talking about my sweet, sensitive and very rambunctious little boy who is full of energy and who truly is "all boy".

First, I'll share a little bit about myself. I've been blogging for around seven years now and I enjoy it very much. When I started blogging I basically just posted about scrapbooking and crafts that I had made, but as we started trying to have our first baby, it morphed into more of a lifestyle blog, which is what it is today. I usually post about my kids, our day to day life, photography and crafting. I work full time for the Federal Courts in St. Louis, MO and I also have a small side photography business called Storybook Photography. Photography is something I enjoy very much and I have loved learning so much from other bloggers.

My most important job though, is that I am a mom. A mom to 2 beautiful children that are my world. In 2011 we had our first child, a boy, named Jackson. He has been such a blessing and I have enjoyed these almost 3 years with him more than I ever thought possible. Then, in April of this year, we welcomed our sweet baby Avery into the world and she has completed our family so perfectly. 

My husband and I always talked about how we wanted two kids... a boy first and then a girl. I knew I wanted a boy, but I really felt like I was more suited to be a girl mom. I grew up with just one sister, so I didn't have the boy interaction I would have had, had I had a brother. I was just used to girls and knew what girls liked. I thought maybe girls just might be easier for me. So when we found out we were having a boy back in May of 2011, I was very happy, but a little part of me thought I'd be better with girls.

I definitely did not expect to love being a boy mom this much. Boys are just so much fun!

I expected the rough and tumble but I didn't expect for boys to be so sweet and sensitive.

I expected the boy toys like cars, boats, trains and trucks, but what I didn't expect is that I would enjoy the things that he enjoys just because they make him so happy.

I expected the bumps, bruises and scrapes but what I didn't expect is how much each tear he shed would effect me and that I would feel his hurt so strongly.

I expected the high energy of a boy and how I would probably love naptime, (and don't get me wrong, I do love naptime) but what I didn't expect is that sometimes when I'm laying in bed at night, I miss him even though he's just in the next room sleeping.

I never expected to love finding cars in my purse, spending a Saturday at the train museum, searching every Walmart, Target and Walgreens in the area to find the whole set of Disney Cars Die-Cast cars, playing catch in the back yard or catching lightening bugs as the sun goes down. I can't tell you how blessed I feel that I get to experience all of this and so much more. Having a boy is so much better than I ever thought possible and I love each and every minute of it.
(Quote found on Pinterest)