Meet the Sullivans: On Being a Boy Mom

March 18, 2014

On Being a Boy Mom

A few weeks ago I wrote all about being a "boy mom" over on Elizabeth's blog Chasin' Mason, and because I like her Boy Mom series and liked what I wrote, I wanted to share it here with you today!

Being a mom to a boy is exciting and fun, but it is also a huge responsibility. I get to raise this boy into a man. I get to teach him how to be a kind friend, a committed husband, a gentle father, a great PERSON. Raising him to be all of these things is the greatest gift I can give him, and my greatest legacy. For we all know the world needs more good men, more GOOD people. 

When Keith and I found out in May 2011 that we were expecting out first child we were overjoyed!! We have always wanted to be parents and we were so thrilled we were actually going to have our first child. While I have always wanted to be a mom I never thought twice about wanting a daughter or a son, I just wanted a child. Perhaps that is why we didn't find out Owen's gender until he was born, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Most of the old wives tales predicted we were having a girl, but for some reason I had very strong feelings we were having a boy. It was such a thrilling surprise to have him born, and in that very moment find out if we were "boy" parents or "girl" parents.

In the hospital the nurses were all shocked that we didn't know the sex of our soon-to-be baby. It seems like most people find out these days, so they were really excited to find out too. I'll never forget that moment when the doctor asked Keith to look over the drape (I had a c-section) to find out what we'd had. They said to him, "Okay, dad, is it a boy or girl?" to which Keith responded "Oh wow, it's a BOY!". I remember saying out loud to myself "It's him, it's Owen! I have a son." with great joy.

And FYI I'm from a family of all girls. Owen is the first boy to be born on my side of our family since my grandfather. That's 87 years. Crazy, right? It was about time! 


Keith felt pretty similarly about having a boy or a girl, he would be happy either way, but he sure does LOVE having a son. I know he feels really lucky to get to have these experiences, ones similar to the ones he had with his own father. In the hospital, in the days after Owen was born, Keith was in awe that he had a son. He admitted to me that he would have been happy either way, but that he felt really blessed to have a boy. And just the other day they were playing basketball in the kitchen (I know, not the place to play basketball, but...) and Keith said that that moment was what he'd always dreamed of.



I don't know much about young boys. I only really know what I've experience with Owen, and he is the sweetest, smartest, most passionate little person I have ever known. Every once in a while we're confronted with someone (strangers, friends or even family) who has some major misconceptions about little boys and the way they should be. Certain people seem to think boys aren't as well behaved or that when Owen doesn't want to sit quietly at a dinner table, for example, it is because he is a BOY. Well, that's just not true or fair. I just try to ignore them. They're just missing out on all the wonderfulness this BOY has to offer them. 

We like to spend our time doing a lot of the fun things you would expect little boys to do, like...

 pet snakes...

love fire fighters and fire engines...

play with sticks... 

jump fearlessly...

and LOVE sports...

I have just loved this series! It is so much fun reading all about what other #boymom's experiences are. Thank YOU so much for listening to mine!

10 comments:

Ida Arias said...

I love being a boy mom. It has been quite a journey into a world I was unfamiliar with but worth it every step of the way!

the girl in the red shoes said...

I loved every bit of this post! Being a boy mom is just pure joy...and my husband is beyond thrilled. He would have been thrilled to have a daughter too...but there sure is something special about watching your husband love on your son!

Jenny said...

sweet sweet post! Sounds like you guys have lots of fun - which is what parenting is all about - boy or girl mom! :)

Erica {let why lead} said...

I teared up at the part where you heard your husband say "It's a boy!" We didn't find out with our first one (also a boy), and I asked the doctor to let Ryan be the one to tell me the gender right after delivery. So obviously, I can relate, and those moments are so precious to me!

I love being a mom of boys, too. They are just so much fun.

hello erin said...

i didn't know you guys didn't find out before owen was born!! i LOVE it. i give major props to anyone who's able to do that!! and is it bad lex loves all those "boy things" too? like firetrucks, sticks, sports, and being fearless? but i guess she balances that out with her love of princesses and accessories. boy or girl toddlers are fun!

Amy said...

This is such a sweet post. Being a mom to a boy is so special. I'm so thankful I get to experience it.

Emily said...

I love this post Colleen! You are such a great Momma and I feel like I know that sweet boy of yours and I sure do love him, too!!!

Carolyn said...

I absolutely love this! :) I can't wait to start doing "boy" stuff with Weston!!

Elizabeth {Chasin' Mason} said...

I loved sharing your story and loved being able to read it again here! My favorite part is when Keith got to tell you that Owen was a he, that you had a boy! So special!

Plum Pretty Sugar said...

Oh so sweet! We love this beautiful story and photos!

xo

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