I have so much to learn.
Boys are very different from girls.
It has almost been a month of life with my little boy.
Here are some things I have noticed so far…
photo by Meg Duerksen
A boys outfit is so much more simple. No matching shoes, matching leggings, headbands, hair bows, or clips. Simple.
Shopping for boys is not quite as exciting and there are not as many options. The boys section is like a fourth as big as the girls section. What’s up with that?
Diaper changing. Enough said.
It is so easy to make things for a little girl. You can sew up anything for a girl and they look cute. Not so much with boys. Levi’s daddy said he doesn’t want his little boy to be too “cute”. I guess that is why our Etsy shop is mostly full of girl things. I am thinking we are going to need to add some more boy things to Cora’s soon. I will be working on that.
No pink, ruffles, or frills. Now it’s blue, trucks, and balls.
I am sure this is just the beginning.
I am not going to lie. I was so surprised when Levi was born and we found out we had a little boy. My mind was still programed to all things little girl. That is what I was used to. That is what I missed. Of course we fell in the love with Mr. Levi the second we saw him. We knew that God had entrusted this little boy to us for a reason. He is such a blessing and we already can’t imagine life without him.
We have put away pretty much all the girlie things that were in Cora’s room…now Levi’s room. That was so hard. I cried. Partially because my heart hurt so badly that Cora wasn’t there with us. It seemed so awful to be putting her things in a box. And partially because I didn’t want to say goodbye to all those fun girlie things. I miss that.
But we knew we needed to take that step. Something that we heard at the Respite Retreat kept coming back to me.
Invest in the living.
We could have left Cora’s room just the way it was and put Levi in another room. We could have left out all the pink and girlie things. And for some people that might be what works for them. Everyone grieves and moves forward so differently. But for us, we felt like we needed to put Cora’s stuff away that we wouldn’t be using anymore and invest in our new little boy. That meant out with the pink and in with the blue. I must confess that I did keep a few girlie things out and moved them to my craft room/guest room. I can’t let the boys totally overtake everything. A girl’s gotta have some pink and frills somewhere in her house!
So, here I am ready to invest in our little Levi. All things boy…here I come! I am ready to embrace the trucks, tractors, balls, bugs, and dirt. I may need some guidance along the way from all of you mamas out there who have little boys of your own.
Oh, and speaking of boys. I was so excited when I saw on Ashley’s blog this morning that Dana of Made and Made by Rae are teaming up for the entire month of February to celebrate boys. How great! I can’t wait to see all the ideas for boys. Maybe it will give me some inspiration.
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And the winner of Giveaway #1 is…
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A few random things today.
I got Levi’s pictures back this week.
The quilt that Levi is laying on was a Christmas present from my mom
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The first Cora’s for Calla giveaway will close at 12:00pm today.
I will randomly select and post the winner later today. Don’t forget we will be doing a giveaway each week until Calla comes home. There are many other Etsy vendors donating items for the giveaways. I can’t wait to show you what else we have!
Levi is not a big fan of bath time.
The first two weeks he just screamed.
The entire time.
I know that is normal, but I think this mama and daddy forgot.
Cora loved bath time.
Of course she screamed at first too.
But, we have such good memories of bath time with her.
Especially with daddy.
Cora always liked bath time with daddy better.
So the first night we gave Levi a bath,
I got the camera and video camera ready.
We videotaped Cora’s first bath
and I wanted to videotape Levi’s first bath too.
Levi immediately started screaming…
and by the end we were all in tears.
Levi was just mad.
But his mama and daddy were missing Cora and all the “fun” bath times.
This bath and the screaming wasn’t so fun.
We know the fun bath times will come with him too.
After all the poor guy was only a few days old!
It was just one of those many things that caught us off guard.
One of those times when the memories started flooding back,
and our hearts just hurt.
This week bath time has become much more enjoyable.
There is no splashing or laughing yet,
but at least Levi is not screaming through the whole thing.
And mama and daddy aren’t crying anymore either.
Levi liked this bath so much that he almost looked
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