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Top 10 Reasons I Love Raising Boys

Updated on December 20, 2012
Congrats! It's a boy!
Congrats! It's a boy! | Source

Raising Boys is the Best!

There is just something special about having boys. Ask any parent who has one and they will tell you the same thing. Yes, it is true that they have an endless amount of energy and may be running and jumping around the house like a pack of wild monkeys. But once all that energy is ran out, you will find a little boy with the sweetest hugs and kisses who will melt your heart in an instant. For those of you who may be expecting a baby boy soon, I wanted to share my top 10 reasons why I love raising boys!

Congrats...It's a boy!

Being a mother of two, I heard the doctor announce these exact words not once, but twice.

Pregnancy #1 - With my first son, I admit I wanted a girl and cried my eyes out. What was I going to do with a little boy? My mother reassured me that it was going to be fine. Of course, she was right. I loved my baby the second the doctor put him in my arms.

Pregnancy #2 - Although knowing the joys of raising a boy, I still wanted a little girl. The doctor announced the sex of the baby and again I cried. My hopes of a precious girl squashed once more. It took one look into big brother's excited eyes to quickly change my mind. Having another boy was exactly what we needed in our family!

So do you want to know what is so special about raising boys? Let me tell you with the top 10 reasons I love raising boys!

Boys + Popsicles = Sticky Mess!

Nothing better than two sweet boys enjoying some popsicles!
Nothing better than two sweet boys enjoying some popsicles! | Source

The Perfect Description of a Boy

I love this quote about little boys!
I love this quote about little boys! | Source

Top 10 Reasons Why Having Boys Is So Much Fun

1.) Boys love to get dirty!

Whether they are eating, digging in the dirt, or stomping through a mud puddle, boys love to get dirty. You may be asking "Why is this a good thing?" I will answer simply because they are boys and that is what they do. By human nature, they are attracted to all things messy, dirty, gooey, sticky, and yucky. It is like destiny that all these things will somehow wind up on a little boy - don't fight it because there is no use fighting this never ending battle! Just enjoy it, heck, jump in that mud puddle with them - you will love it!

2.) No messing with hair bows or pretty accessories!

There is no looking for that perfect hair bow to match their cute little outfit with boys. Thank goodness! No boy would ever stay still that long to let you put a bow in his hair. All you need for a boy is a brush and a little water or gel to calm down that crazy bed head. Less than a minute later, you are ready and out the door with your handsome little man!

3.) Burping (and other bodily functions) is allowed and hilarious!

Growing up, I often got in trouble for burping at the table. My dad would remind me that it wasn't nice for little girls to burp loudly in front of people. Of course, for boys it is just the opposite. If they are in the privacy of our home, the burping (and other bodily functions) just seem to fly around here and obviously is hilarious. You can't help but laugh when you hear a little boy chuckle - you know that deep belly laugh which is so contagious that you just can't help yourself but join in!

My Boys Love the "Cowboy Dance" on Just Dance 2

4.) Playing video games is acceptable quality family time!

My boys love to play the Wii. Add a little Just Dance or Super Mario Brothers and you have the perfect family night of fun. I mean what is more entertaining than watching little boys getting down to Viva Las Vegas in the living room? I don't know of anything better!

5.) Raising boys is a good workout!

There is no better way to get in shape than to have a little boy in your family. From football to baseball to soccer, we play it all around here. Not feeling sporty, jumping on the trampoline will get you out of breath in no time. If its rainy outside, we work on our wrestling and MMA moves inside the house. Watch out - don't mess with this mom because they have taught me some moves to take you down!

6.) Forget the high heels - tennis shoes are mandatory footwear!

I must laugh because back in the day I was quite the girlie girl prancing around in my heels. After having two boys, my high heels have been pushed to the back of the closet and replaced with the comfy tennis shoes. Keeping up with the never ending energy supply of a little boy, comfortable shoes are a must have accessory for every mom and a major plus because I now hate high heels!

My Favorite Little Boy Quote

This quote is so true!
This quote is so true! | Source

7.) Mom is the only girl allowed in the fort!

You heard of no girls allowed, right? Not usually the case for mom. Little boys often make the sweet exception that mom is the only girl allowed in the fort. They usually make this one exception because who else is going to fix the fort when it falls over and bring them a snack on their pretend adventure. I love this honor of being the only girl because it is so much fun watching them play together!

8.) I am never short on dancing partners!

Being the only female in this household, I have my pick of dancing partners. I love the fact that my boys love to dance. I am hoping this love stays with them as they grow up. Taking a time out from the busy day and just acting silly while we are dancing is often my favorite time of the day with my boys.

Nothing Better than a Sharp Dressed Man

My son sporting his tie at a friend's wedding!
My son sporting his tie at a friend's wedding! | Source

9.) Forget pretty dresses - got to love a sharp dressed man!

No, I never get the chance to put a cute little dress on a precious little girl but I do get to dress my boys like little sharp dressed men! Have you seen a little boy in a tie? I swear it will melt your heart in an instant. Most boys probably hate to dress up, but my oldest son loves to get all handsome and sport his manly tie!

10.) I am forever a princess in this house!

Since there are no other girls in my house, I shall remain the princess forever! You think I would be a queen by now, but my boys always say I am the princess so I just go with it. Seriously, what girl wouldn't love getting saved by two handsome brave knights on a daily basis? I don't mind this title one bit!

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Everyday is a New Adventure with Little Boys

Raising two boys, I have learned that everyday is a brand new adventure. They seem to have an unbelievable way of constantly entertaining me while making me laugh at least a hundred times a day.

Do I still think of having a precious little girl with the cute little dresses and hair bows? Of course I do! But in the mean time, I will continue to have fun and enjoy all the reasons why raising boys is the best!

I hope you have enjoyed the top 10 reasons I love raising boys. Do you have boys or girls? What are some of the things you love about raising your children? I would love to hear your comments in the section provided below!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      This was great! I have one of each, girl first and then a boy. I love both of them for such different reasons but boys are great fun! I wrote a poem about raising boys not long ago and am going to link this hub to that one if you don't mind. I had to laugh about the burping. My son taught himself how to burp at 18 months. My husband was disappointed because he wanted to be able to teach him, lol!

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      Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

      I have a 15 month old boy. I wanted a boy so I didn't cry when I found out. I love dressing up my little man and I'm looking forward to getting dirty. What a great list!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much cardelean! Absolutely feel free to link my hub. Loved your poem and I must say a spot on description of raising little boys! So funny about your husband and son - strangely my 8 yr old girl cousin taught my son how to burp on command lol! To her defense she has an older brother :) Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Jennifer! I never knew the joys of having a boy until I had my own. My mother's side of the family had I believe four generations of nothing but girls so having boys around was a new experience for all of us! It definitely is an adventure raising a boy :) Appreciate you stopping by, commenting, and sharing!

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I'm not a mom [yet], but I loved reading this Hub! I was just discussing parenting boys vs girls with a girlfriend the other day. Your reasons are more than enough to reassure anyone with doubts that raising boys is an awesome adventure.

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      Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Alissa, I'm glad you're proud to be a mom. I am not a parent and never have been, so I don't know what it is like to raise children. However, from what I have been told, I should never be a parent. LOL! Voted up!

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Love it - and so true! I have 3 boys and a girl (2 singleton boys, and then boy-girl twins). I have to admit that when I found out the sexes of the twins, I had a hard time shopping for pink. I literally thought, "what will I do with a girl?" Of course, my daughter is a complete tomboy, so its like having a house full of boys still.... Voted up!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Maddie! Happy to hear you enjoyed it. I remember watching a mom with her little girl and boy down on the pier in Florida. The girl stayed right by her mom's side while the mom was literally holding the boy's pants so he wouldn't fall off the railing into the pier. I will never forget what my mom said "There you go that is the difference between boys and girls." Now that I got my own I fully understood what she meant when she said that :) Appreciate you stopping by and for your sweet comment!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Oh Cagsil you need a little one running around and melting your heart! I guarantee you they provide hours upon hours of pure entertainment which turns into valuable hub material :) Thanks so much for reading, commenting, and for the vote up!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Steph! I know what you mean about having a hard time shopping for pink. I struggle just to buy gifts for my niece. Appreciate you stopping by, commenting, and for the vote up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have a son that has brought much joy to my life. He was one that loved the outdoors and would bring it inside to share his findings. I gave up trying to keep his jeans neat and resorted to patching them up instead. Although he had his sweet moments when I would just wonder how he came up with such insight. Thanks for the reminder of how much joy a little boy can bring to your life. Love the pics of your boys also!

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      Robert Pfromm 5 years ago from Lees Summit, MO

      I only have two sons, so I can't comment on raising girls. I know my aunt, with two girls of her own, always preferred the boys. She said they were so much easier. Having said all that, now that I am older, it seems my wife and I spend more time with girls - nieces, daughters of friends, etc. But it's not necessarily doing the 'girly' things. They all seem to enjoy getting out, getting dirty (especially with our horses) and generally monkeying around. Maybe it's because we missed out on that during the parenting years?

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much teaches12345 for sharing your story! My boys also love to bring the outdoors inside. I don't know how many times I have to tell my boys that no we can't keep the worm as a pet. And I agree about those sweet moments. I always think wow where did that come from? They can melt your heart in an instant! Appreciate you reading and sharing your sweet comments!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      How I love those girls that are not afraid to get dirty and can keep up with the boys! I have a feeling if I ever had a girl, she would be one of those kind. Maybe one of these days I will have one to be able to compare which one is easier to raise. Thanks so much SOKCGOLD for stopping by and sharing your story!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Alissaroberts, I have 3 boys and can't imagine having a girl, now at least. I have to admit I did want a girl with my last child but now that I have three boys I wouldn't change a think. Tennis shoes and dirt are definitely a requirement with boys. Cute Hub!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much kelleyward! Oh I bet you have your hands full with 3 boys. It would be nice to have a girl just to see the difference but I would be just as happy to have another boy too. Appreciate you reading and sharing your story!

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      I am not a mom yet. This hub is really interesting. I always wanted a boy. My hubby - he wants a girl. I will use this hub to try to convince him :) Thanks.

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      Great hub. Well written & a vote up. My brother raised 3 boys. While he always complains that raising 3 boys gave him grey hair early, I can tell deep down he enjoyed every minute of it. I liked # 1 because it is so true about boys and dirt. I never thought about # 10, you are forever a princess in your house. This statement is so true. I am going to forward this to my twitter peeps. Thanks for sharing.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      I love it! It's unusual to hear that the future mom wants a boy and the future dad wants a girl! You must already know how much fun little boys can be :) Thanks so much tarajeyaram for stopping by and leaving your comments!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much James! I am sure later on down the road I will get a few gray hairs from my boys but it will be worth it from all the fun I am having watching them grow up. Appreciate you reading, voting up, and for sharing!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Wow, can I relate to this! I have 3 boys (all grown up, now) and after the first one, I did wish for a girl to no avail. But it was fun having boys who were game for just about anything. The only time I missed having a girl was during football season when hubby and 3 sons were all glued to the TV when I wanted to go to the mall. The good thing is that now they've all married and given me daughters-in-law and granddaughters (and a few grandsons, too)! Very nice hub! Voted up!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Stephanie! I feel you on the glued to the tv during football season - thankfully I love football too so this isn't a problem for me (maybe I was destined to have only boys! ha,ha!) Appreciate you stopping by and for the vote up!

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      melissa 5 years ago

      Loved your hub! I raised two girls and was blessed with two Grandson's. They are spoiled rotten and so much fun!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      How sweet! I bet having grandsons was quite a change from raising girls. Happy to hear that you are enjoying them and spoiling them rotten as all good grandmas do :) Thanks so much Melissa for stopping by and leaving your comments!

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      alisha4u 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wooo !! Such an amusing Hub..Loved Reading it...

      Though, I have no experience when it comes to raising kids..LOL!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much alisha4u! Happy to hear you enjoyed it! Raising boys is quite a funny little journey - hope you get the chance to experience it someday :) Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      amanda carter 5 years ago

      The night before my ultrasound to find out the sex of our baby, I actually had a nightmare that it was a girl! I was SO relieved to find out we were having a boy. I actually want a houseful of boys and this just helped re-emphasize that foryou me!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Boys are something else for sure! Happy to hear that you got your baby boy! Appreciate you stopping by and leaving your comment!

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      sunbun143 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I have two boys 22 mths apart...I admit I cried the second time when I found out the sex...but now I can't wait until they become best friends. Right now baby brother is not that interesting to him, but my toddler loves to give him kisses (usually very dirty and slobbery ones). Great top 10 list!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Oh I miss those days when they were little! Mine are 28 months apart and are best friends one minute and then can be about to tear into each other the next. It's so sweet to have them that close cause they always have a playmate whether they want one or not :) Thanks sunbun143 for stopping by and commenting!

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      love this hub. I am a mom of three teenage boys and I wouldn't trade one blessed minute. I love your top ten list and every one applies to my household. I had a boy every two years and I can't say I was ever disappointed. You get what you get and love them no matter what! Thanks for this hub Alissa, it was a great read!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Teresa! It is definitely quite an adventure raising boys and I too love every minute of it. Though I have to admit I do shudder at the thought of the teenage years lol :) Appreciate you stopping by and leaving such sweet comments!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Fantastic hub Alissa ^_^ It seems my little boy (Jaden) acts more like a girl, lol. It's my baby girl (whose name is Alyssa by-the-way) that's the handful.

      Jaden- Tidy, hates to get dirty, particular about what he wears, likes to read and play with musical toys, never angry or aggressive and very sensitive.

      Alyssa- Boundless energy, very messy, loud, loves to grab at and explore everything, much more social and gets frustrated/angry

      Granted Jaden is 3 and Alyssa is only 10 months ... but it's already so obvious the differences in personality. Such fun!!

      This is such a great hub and your love for them just oozes with every word ^_^ like it should! Voting this a bunch and sharing!

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      crystaleyes 4 years ago from Earth

      Best hub I read today.. thanks Alissa.. I have a 8yr old boy (Sid) and I can relate to everything that you have mentioned.. I want another child and I hope God gives me whatever He likes... girl or boy..

      My little Sid is very possessive about me, although he enjoys cricket and adventures with us, at the end of the day, his sweetest kisses are something which we cannot do without..

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      smlbizmatters 4 years ago

      Number 10 is the exact reason when I have kids I have my fingers crossed with all boys. I'll hope my sister has girls so we can have the best of both worlds lol. Cute hub!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Mama Kim 8! I love that you have an Alyssa - she sounds like so much fun and would fit right in at this house! Both of my boys are very sensitive like your little boy. In fact, I know I have called them the Drama Kings on more than one occasion lol :) Appreciate all your kind comments, votes, and for sharing!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much crystaleyes! I agree 100% about the love of a little boy. They can melt your heart in an instant with their sweet kisses :) Appreciate you taking the time to read and adding your sweet comments!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Number 10 is one of my favorites too smlbizmatters! Definitely don't have anybody yet to challenge my crown haha...of course, I wouldn't mind sharing if a little girl does decide to come along :) Hope you have a house full of wonderful little boys! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Great hub! I have a boy and I love it. He never cares about what he is going to wear. He let's me pick out all his clothes. It's great!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Kimberly! My boys are the same way about clothes. They usually always let me pick their outfits out. I am thankful for that cause I have seen what they come up from time to time. It's quite funny :) Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Jess 4 years ago

      Wonderful article! My husband and I have always wanted a house full of boys and four years ago we were blessed with our first! He changed my life forever. Now we are two months away from having boy number two! I enjoyed reading your top ten and couldn't agree more. I look forward to seeing my boys grow up together and interested in what I will be learning from them as well :) Thanks for sharing!

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      Great Hub! I so agree with all the 10 points! As the mother of 2 boys and grandmother of 7 (1 is girl but a tomboy) I can only say if I had to do it all over again I would want to be the mom of boys.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Jess!Life is definitely more fun with boys running around :) So happy to hear you enjoyed this hub! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi Justsilvie! I wouldn't trade my boys for anything in the world. Life would be just way too boring without them :) Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Dilania 4 years ago

      This was such a great post! I have 2 boys myself and wouldn't trade it for the world. I, honestly, wouldn't know what to do with a girl! I laughed out loud when I read "burping (and other bodily functions) allowed" because my son just showed me this evening that he can fart with his armpit. Fun times, lol. You've gained a follower :)

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      vibesites 3 years ago from United States

      When I get married and have a family I also prefer to have boys as kids. Well, I'm not too keen on ponytailing and braiding hair and I would be helpless to do that if I would have daughters!

      Boys of course will require much less fuss. And I'd love to call them "my boys" even if they'd be grown up. And they're less dramatic and more fun to be with.

      Plus, when my boys would become big they'd also protect me.

      I agree with all of your reasons Alissa! Nice hub. :)

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      marion langley 3 years ago from The Study

      I had the same reaction to my births but for the oppsite reason. I had the girls and was wanting the boys. I find they do all the above and if they ever slow down for a minute it's cause they have to talk about it hehe. I have not given up hope on having boys however, when my girls are grown my husband and I are talking about adopting a troop of boys out of foster care and have our "boy" moments. Thanks for posting!

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      This is so true! I have a boy and one girl. They are both so different. I think something that I didn't realize until having a girl is that it would become a hassle to deal with the hair accessories! I didn't have that issue with my son but now that I have a girl, I have to deal with one extra thing on her- the hair and keeping bows and hair ties in my bag and diaper bag. Boys are fun and they are an adventure which is what my son has been teaching me. The Wii is his new thing to play with now and he loves it when I play with him. Great hub :)

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      Alissa Roberts 3 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks for all the great comments! Happy to hear all of you can relate. I finally got my lil girl 8 months ago and I must say it is a whole new ball game raising her but I am loving every minute of it! Appreciate you all stopping by!

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      AD 3 years ago

      You always feel more insecure about girls when they grow up. You are more worried about their safety. Having boys you can be a bit more relaxed on that.

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      Keesha Metcalfe 2 years ago from The Beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica

      Hey Alissaroberts. I too have been blessed with two lovely boys. They are the best....boys are more fun! I can relate to the burping and bodily noises. Last night my eldest son let out a loud sound from behind and I couldn't help but crack up. It was so funny! Thanks for sharing this. It made me appreciate my boys more.

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      windowwriter 2 years ago

      I am a mom of 4 boys and you hit the nail right on the head with each great reason "Having boys is Fun!!!" Keep it up, I look forward to reading more on your adventures with raising the male species. lol

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