[quote="TheRealJuliane, post:7, topic:235564"]
Because you are concerned about being a good mom, you will be a great mom. Getting him ready to meet the world is just the beginning - once you meet him in person the fun begins.
Let's see...more advice from a mom of 2 normal sons...Don't buy fussy expensive furniture or decorations. Even the most careful of boys will have those wrestling sessions with Daddy where they get a little carried away...or maybe there will be a brother or two to follow. Stick to slipcovers that wash, use stainproof material when you can, tile floors can be almost hosed down, and you can put rugs over the parts you need some softer areas, like in front of the TV. Carpet stains, no matter what the store tells you! We had a rule, "Food and drink in the kitchen only." And the boys obeyed that rule unless I let them have a snack in the living room. The younger one started sneaking food into his room in middle school, unfortunately, and now he eats in front of the TV, but he's 17 so I can't spank him for it! :) But the older guy never eats in any room other than the kitchen (he's more cooperative in general than his younger brother).
Get rid of all your little knick-knacks or you risk breakage. Once your son starts walking, stuff just happens...paint on doorways gets chipped...frisbees get thrown inside...balls go astray, backpacks end up on top of bookshelves. Boys are just not as careful with their stuff or their bodies as girls are, in general.
Keep extra blankets and pillows so he (they) can build pillow forts on rainy days. Stock up on bandaids, you'll need them! But don't panic when he scrapes his knee. Teach him to put his own bandaid on, unless a limb is missing. Say a prayer with him
Learn to wear slippers or sandals in the house - Lego pieces really HURT when you step on them in the dark! They make a lot of noise in the vacuum cleaner but I've never had a vacuum actually break from eating Legos.
Be fully prepared to have all sorts of wildlife brought into your house, from frogs and toads to baby birds, turtles, of course puppies and cats too. And friends. Keep food that kids like around if possible. Once they get to be teenagers, you can't really keep the food around for long, it's like having a hurricane blow through, but in between assaults you can make it to the store for more provisions.
Does it sound like a 3-ring circus? Some days, it will be, especially if you end up with more than 1 boy. I know a woman who had 10 sons, sequentially, no twins. I am sure she has a corner in Heaven waiting for her!
There is absolutely nothing like the arms of a little boy around your neck. Or his sweet little kisses on your cheek, "I love you Mommy." I wish I could go back and do it all over again! Maybe someday I will be able to have grandsons or granddaughters. It's been such a wonderful adventure. I wish I could have had 6 or more.
Oh, one more piece of advice about boys - NEVER change his diaper without putting something over his front...there's something about having their diaper removed that makes boys let go and pee all over the place...Seems like everyone has to go through it at least once but it can be shocking if you aren't expecting it!
:D Yes, Lego's are both wonderful ( lots of fun, great for them to use ) and terrible ( one of the worst pains ever. I once knelt down on one and it hurt so bad I cried! It went right in between the bones of my knee! ) Tim Hawkins describes stepping on a Lego as taking second place to the pain of labor:eek: I agree!
I do have to say, I've never boxed up breakables and we've never had the kids break anything:shrug:
And girls can pee just a far a boys! I never thought it was possible, but it is. Our oldest daughter would pee everytime we took off her diaper....we called her the mad piddler:D
Kids are awesome! Have fun with your son. Make memories and have more babies so he has someone to play with:)