From the very first moment Zach and I announced we were having a boy, the comments came rolling in, such as "next time, you need a girl!" and "awww, it'd be so much more fun for you to shop for a daughter!". Seriously. Don't worry, I didn't let those remarks screw with my excitement- I was ecstatic to have a baby boy and the past four years have been even better than I could've ever imagined. Despite playing all kinds of sports most of my life and growing up with two brothers, I'm about as girly as it gets. And ya know what? I adore being a boy mama. Would I love having a little girl down the road? Of course. But if God blessed us with another boy someday, I'd be equally as thrilled. Give me all the dirt, stinky socks, and living room wrestling matches. Here are ten reasons why I love being Mommy to a little boy:
1. Clothes are simple. Sometimes I get Bear pretty decked out in bow ties and penny loafers, but it's still much more simple than tights and tutus and feathery hair bows. I don't have to do pigtails or attempt dutch braids (thank goodness because they would look less than stellar). Simpler outfits means we're out the door faster (even though we still manage to be late everywhere we go).
2. You become more well-rounded. Prior to having a son, I knew nothing about Star Wars. Or types of dinosaur bones. Or superheroes. Four years later and I could write a book on BB-8, paleontology, and Captain America. Having a little boy has opened my mind to new things that I otherwise never would have learned.
3. There's never a dull moment. Little boys bring lots of excitement- just this past weekend our nephew fell into a cactus when we were back home visiting in West Texas. He was rushed inside, stripped down, and had to lay face down on the bed while his Mommy pulled each spine out one by one with tweezers. My point...boys are rambunctious and constantly seeking a thrill. Sometimes the outcome is good, other times not so much, but it's always an adventure!
4. Entertainment is easy. Boys love firetrucks, buses, police cars (any cars, really), planes, trains...all things that exist in everyday life. A trip to the fire station is one of Bear's favorite outings, which happens to be less than a mile from our house and FREE. Seen any princesses or unicorns lately? Me neither (unfortunately).
5. The drama is minimal. While the scraped knees and bruised elbows come rolling in, the drama is pretty non-existant. Boys get over things astonishingly quick and don't seem to hold grudges. Us Mommas could learn a lesson or two.
6. Public restrooms. Enough said.
7. Seeing your husband relive his childhood. This is one of my very favorite parts of having a little boy. If we didn't have a son, I'd probably never get to witness Zach throw a football, put together Star Wars Legos, or "hunt" for coyotes. These are all things Zach did growing up, and I love seeing the excitement and pure joy in his eyes when he gets to share those special moments with our son.
8. You stay in shape. Little boys are a work out! There's no need for gym-time when you play chase around the living room all day long. Don't get me wrong, I could definitely be in better shape if I put some actual effort into fitness. But I'd much rather spend my free time at the mall.
9. Your cooking improves. Boys eat a lot. Like, a whole lot. Mine is only four and he already goes through the groceries like nobody's business- I can't imagine what it will be like when he's a teenager. It's a constant challenge to try new recipes that he'll like and come up with healthy creations for our growing boy. I'm still no Rachel Ray, but I can whip up a mean grilled cheese.
10. Boys love their mama. I have seen this firsthand my entire life with my two brothers- they ADORE their "Momma". Even with Zach, no-one makes Peanut Butter Crunch Balls like his Mom. There's no denying the special bond that sons and mothers share, and this love lasts a lifetime.
The irony here is that the day Bear and I took these pictures, we were just finishing a lunch with twelve of my friends (all females) where Bear had had to sit still at a table for two and a half hours. My little man was a trooper and made me so proud- we didn't take an iPad or any toys and he still managed to make it through the afternoon without any embarrassing moments (other than saying very loudly when a random lady walked in the restaurant, "She gots a weird face").
Being a parent is the best job I've ever been given and I'm so thankful to have a sweet little boy who calls me Mommy. No matter how big the messes may be or dirty the clothes may get, I'll forever be proud to be a boy mama.
There are few days of the year I look forward to more than Bear's birthday, Christmas, and Cyber Monday. Needless to say, I have been attached to my computer all day today, trying to find the best deals and doing most of our Christmas shopping. I've rounded up the best sales out there to share with you all, too- but don't delay, most of these end at midnight tonight!
NORDSTROM: Extra 20% off sale items
SHOPBOP: Up to 20% off sitewide
LOFT: 50% off sitewide
ANN TAYLOR: 50% off sitewide
H&M: 20-30% off sitewide
TARGET: 15% off sitewide
STEVE MADDEN: 35% off + 30% off clearance with code "cyber"
KENDRA SCOTT: 20% off sitewide with code "sale20"
BANANA REPUBLIC: 50% off sitewide
J.CREW FACTORY: 60% off sitewide + 40% off clearance & free shipping with code "happysale"
CHICWISH: 25% off sitewide w/ code "blk25"
MACYS: 20% off sitewide + free shipping with code "feast"
OLD NAVY: 50% off everything
TORY BURCH: 30% off sitewide
GOODNIGHT MACAROON: 40% off sitewide with code "cyber40"
POTTERY BARN: 20% off with w/ free shipping
EXPRESS: 50% off sitewide
J.CREW: 40% off sitewide
ASOS: 30% off sitewide with code "thankful30"
I also wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you who stop by and read our little corner of the internet. This time of year always causes me to stop and reflect on all of the blessings in our life, and Hello Honey is definitely one of them (for me at least, Z & Bear could live without it). It wouldn't be possible without the support of each of you, and I am so incredibly grateful for the love that you show this little blog. You guys are the best! And to show my appreciation, I have a fun give-away coming your way soon :) so stay tuned!
And if you've found any other great Cyber Monday sales, please feel free to share them in the comments. I'll be shopping until the clock strikes midnight, I'm sure, and would love to hear what you have in your shopping cart!
I know some of you are going to be upset with me for skipping over Thanksgiving and already talking about Christmas but I just can't help it- it's my favorite time of the year! I love Thanksgiving too, especially getting to see all of our family and OD'ing on my grandma's chocolate pie. But Christmas...Christmas is magical. The sights and sounds of the season bring so much joy and happiness; it's hard not to love Christmas. We have lots of holiday traditions in our family, but I wanted to name a few of our favorites in case you share some of the same or are looking to start new ones of your own!
1. Christmas shopping- I know this is a tradition for most, but for us, Christmas shopping is pretty epic. We have a large family and we buy gifts for over 40 family members (not including teachers, friends, etc.)! Because of our very long list (apparently no-one in our family is ever naughty), we have to start shopping several months in advance. I need to get on the ball this year- we still have a long way to go!
2. Angel Tree- Every year since I was a little girl, I remember choosing several names from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree. Bear now looks forward to this every Christmas, too. There's something so special about giving a child in need something they really want for Christmas. As an only child, Bear is used to getting all the toys for himself and it's good for him to pick out toys for other children, too.
3. Looking at lights- I love Christmas lights! My parents would always drive us around town to see all the lights, and now Zach and I carry that tradition on with Bear. Several times during the month of December, we load up in the car with blankets and hot chocolate and drive around to see the lights. Our neighborhood usually has a pretty good display; one year Zach even got so distracted by the lights that he ran into our neighborhood gate and knocked my side-view mirror off. Merry Christmas to me, $500 at Pep Boys later.
4. Christmas Eve queso- It's a tradition in our family to cheese it up on Christmas Eve night! Our family goes to my grandma's house to visit and we make a big crockpot of queso (since we just don't eat enough over the holidays). On the drive back to my parents', we always look for Rudolph and Santa's Sleigh in the sky (we've done this since I was a little girl and now Bear loves it!).
5. Seeing the mall Santa- This is a tradition that most every family has, I realize, and we are no exception. I love putting Bear up on the big guy's lap to snap a picture of his priceless face. Bear smiled last year- hoping he does just as well this year!
6. Delivering treats to neighbors- You've probably picked up on the fact that we love to bake around here and with only three of us, we always have lots left over! One weekend in December, we'll have a big cookie/bread baking day and then deliver packaged up treats to our neighbors and friends. Bear loves walking around and hand-delivering goodies and it's always special to see the happy looks on peoples' faces when they're surprised with warm cookies.
7. Singing carols- Every year on Christmas night, my whole family gathers around the living room to sing Christmas carols. This is probably my favorite tradition of all, as we've been doing it for as long as I can remember and it makes my heart so happy to look around the room at my grandparents, parents, cousins, brothers, and now Zach & Bear. Zach doesn't love this tradition as he's not much on singing (he usually hides in the corner), but the rest of the family really belts it out :). My Mom & cousin will play the piano and my brother accompanies us on the guitar, but Silent Night is always sung last, acapella. When we finish singing, my grandfather reads the story of the birth of baby Jesus from Luke Chapter 2 in the Bible. No matter how many presents are passed around or verses of Frosty the Snowman are sung, we never want to forget the true meaning of Christmas.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? I'd love to hear!