Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Stay at Home Mom Chronicles: Being surrounded by boyness.

I am surrounded by boys.
Boy toys, boy clothes, boy tears that they fight so hard not to cry,
boy hugs that are so wild that I actually find myself saying the words
"Don't slobber on my head when you hug me."


There is constant motion in my home.
A swirling of energy that they can't help but feel
and give into as they roll on top of one another.
They are both but a blur as they speed across the living room.
My baby who is quickly becoming a toddler
is the instigator and Griffin is quick to respond.
You can add "referee" to my many titles around here.


They wrestle and laugh and they can't keep
themselves from diving into each other.
They growl like wild animals
who are running free in the forest.
A deep resounding "GRRRR" fills up the living room.
They jump and climb and try to fly.
They land hard
and they get right back up to do it again.


I get tackled from behind while I load the dishwasher.
My skirt gets tugged at until I am in the living room
and I am pulled to the floor.
Before I know it, I am wrestling them too.
We roll around on the floor in a heap of giggles,
I forget to be a lady as my skirt goes over my head
and the baby flops onto my chest.
Griffin tickles my belly non stop.

They both stand up and they are running again
but this time in circles.
The house is full of laughter and squeals.
I am covered in baby snot and my hair is a mess
as I catch my breath.


There are no dolls
no hair bows,
not one tutu.
No glitter
no ballet slippers,
and no pink.
Not at all what I had expected.

I live in a house full of boys
and I am learning
that this crazy world
is one that I'm lucky to live in.

What a great surprise!


R Montalban said...

Love it, wish I was there to join in!

Sarah RDH said...

Boys are wild!! Has Griffin hit the farting stage yet? My littlr guy thinks farting is hilarious, and feels the need to announce it everytime he does so...

Caroline said...

I love this post. When I read things like this I can't wait to have my little boy! Girls are so wonderful, but there is definitely a special playfulness/rambunctiousness with boys that makes us just let go and have fun. It's so awesome that you enjoy it so much!!

Alexandra said...

I love these pictures, b/c that's what it looks like here.

You captured the energy fantastically!

vanilla said...

You seem to be doing the right thing: enjoying it. You'll wake up one morning and find that they are teenagers.

Your pictures perfectly illustrate your story!

There is a little something for you over at my place.

Lee said...

I love the pictures, because even though I have a girl, it is the same way at my house!

Unknown said...

Hey I have seen that blur several times in this house. Forget being lady like sweetie before you know it you will know every move you need to win the WWE badge simply by rasslin' the young'uns.

Kimberly said...

Oh, I know this boyness! What fun! It's similar at my house. Add in farts burps and any other body noises you can come up with!

Ladylike- what is that? I seemed to have forgotten that a long time ago. If I wear a skirt, I now wear shorts beneath it. Specially since my youngest always had a thing for looking to see what's under

Bossy Betty said...

Mother of two boys here--smiling! Noting like it!

cathyjoy said...

love it! i'm remembering those days fondly. glad you are enjoying it cause soon enough they'll be gone...

Katherine said...

I also live in a boy house. A loud, wrestling, laughing, throwing, jumping, tumbling boy house. I love it!

Unknown said...

Oh yes! This post describes life with boys to a tee!

Stephen, Shanelle, Sean and Jocelyn said...

hhaaha I'm right there with you. All my friends have little girly girls and they usually leave a playdate saying I'm glad you Son can wear them out. We are going home to take a nap. When My son is just getting started he is warmed up for the rest of the day.

My sister calls him a vampire because of his quickness and toehead blonde makes me laugh when he shouts out Wrestle Wrestle while putting someone or the dog in a choke hold.

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Brooke said...

WOW, does your house sound EERILY similar to mine :D
Boys are wild and crazy and rough and tumble. It's a wild ride, for sure!

Ian said...

That's great. What's even better is realizing that I am not following yet. Hit the followers button and thirty...yeah thirty of my friends are following you and not I.

Next time this happens, hit me upside the head please?

Tracie said...

Girl, I live in the same world. It can be fun if you surrender to it.

Karen Mortensen said...

Love all of this. Love those pictures of your boys.

Vanessa said...

I *love* this!! I used to call my youngest daughter 'kinetic energy' b/c she would never stop moving! Looks like you got a double dose!

TornadoTwos said...

This post is perfect!!!! I have 4 boys and my house is so loud and crazy! My daughter and I have to sneak away for some girl time.
Visiting from SITS.

Actuary Mom said...

Somehow I missed this when you posted it. I love it! So great.

Joann Mannix said...

Hi Leigh,

I so agreed with your SITS comment today and feel the same way. My blog is my sacred place and I plan on keeping it that way.

It's funny, because I am the opposite, a house brimming with the pink. 3 daughters. There used to be tutus and Barbies and princesses in our pinkalicious life. They are now all teenagers and those things have been replaced with bobby pins EVERYWHERE, shoes, makeup, clothes and everything hair. My poor husband's life is filled with the talkie talk from sunup until sundown. It's a drama filled life, but like you, I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Oh, and by the way, you're fighting the laundry, too. I am Joann of Laundry Hurts My Feelings. I get it, sister.