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Friday, June 12, 2009

Raising a Boy (14w2d)

I'm wrapping my mind around the idea of having a boy. Not that I'm upset-- quite the contrary! Boys rock! But for some reason I had always thought "girl" when I thought of having a child-- at least until about 7 weeks ago when the baby fairy started whispering in my ear, "Think boy, think boy..."

So now I've put aside thoughts of raising a girl who is so not a princess in favor or raising a boy who is a rock star (like mother, like son).

Honestly, I thought my biggest challenge in raising a girl would be trying to avoid the pink princess crap people would foist on her when she was five and being vigilant about keeping her out of the hyper-sexualized clothes she'd want to wear when she was thirteen. I never really thought twice about how I would raise a tough, fearless feminist girl-- I just figured she'd pick it up through osmosis by living with me.

Of course, I don't really know how to raise a girl, the idea just comes more naturally to me than the idea of raising a boy. Raising a boy is a whole new universe for me. Of course, I still want him to be tough, fearless and most certainly a feminist. But I also want him to be sensitive and nurturing and well-rounded. And smart. And happy. And creative. And, and, and...

I have years to figure it out, but it's already something I'm thinking about, worrying about. I suppose over the next couple of years my biggest concerns will be not getting peed on during diaper changes and dressing him in something other blue, black and brown clothes embroidered with footballs, baseballs and basketballs.

4 comments:

Jackie said...

I'm a friend of Ashleigh's, and she sent me the link to your blog. It's freaking me out because I feel like I"m reading my own thoughts! How cool to find another non-mommy type out there who is with child. (I'm 13wks). Rock on!

Jackie

Kristina Wright said...

Hi Jackie ;-) Thanks so much for your comments-- and CONGRATULATIONS!! I hope you're past any first trimester sickness. ;-)

Keep in touch! (If you have a blog, send me a link and I'll add you to my blogroll.)

Jackie said...

Sadly, I don't have a blog, and haven't a clue what a blogroll is. I still don't have an ipod either. I can tell you, however, that people come out of the woodwork when you have a baby. You will NOT be alone.

Keep your chin up. I can't imagine.

Kristina Wright said...

Jackie, you made me laugh. Thanks for that. We'll have to meet in person someday. (I have an iPod, but rarely use it. Hee.)