Week 32: Switching gender gears

By Published On: March 20th, 2015

It’s official! May 4 we will finally get to meet […]

It’s official! May 4 we will finally get to meet our sweet baby boy who we have been thinking about for the past 32 weeks. We went to the doctor last week, and he set the date for our scheduled C-section. We will be a little more than 39 weeks. I was also measuring two weeks behind at our appointment, but our doctor assured us it was completely normal.
May 6 is our daughter’s last day of pre-school. We timed that great didn’t we! Now I will have a newborn and a toddler all day, every day. The thought scares me just a little. Also our 2-and-a-half-year-old is quickly letting us know that she is just about over her naps. So I have realized I need to take full advantage of all of the down time I have right now. photo.PNG
I like to call my daughter my “little best friend.” We had her a few months after moving to a new city where I knew no one and our closest family lives about two hours away. It was football season, so my husband (who’s a coach) was his busiest right when she was born.
Since she was born we have always been together pretty much 24/7. All she can talk about these days is “baby Hayes.” She can’t wait to be his big “tister” to help feed him and change his diapers. I know a 2-and-a-half-year-old won’t be much help with diapering, but the fact that I will have someone to carry on a conversation with this time will be so helpful!
For the past couple years, all I’ve known is girl stuff—bows, dresses and bloomers. I’m not sure where to even begin with boy things! When boys are small you have a lot more room to dress them in cute things. My husband told me we weren’t going to put Hayes in day gowns, but his mother and I told him we are for sure putting him in them. I mean, come on, we live in the South. Wearing day gowns and having every inch of his closet monogrammed is necessary.
I know we have a little while before he’s up and going like his sister, but as I sit here and look around my living room it’s covered in Minnie Mouse, My Little Pony and princess toys. In two years it will be filled with tractors, dump trucks and superhero toys. The thought of switching gears from the knowledge of girl stuff to boy stuff freaks me out. Every one says boys are easier. My husband’s exact words earlier tonight to our daughter were, “I’m getting tired of your sassiness. You have to listen and obey.” But how is switching genders with your second baby easy for anyone? You know everything about one, and then suddenly it’s a whole new ballgame. My husband is trying to fill me in on all things boy. We finally have his room set up. It’s complete with lots of blue and sports. So I officially have less than seven weeks to figure out how to be a “boy mom.” Let the fun begin!