Friends! Welcome back to Boy Mom Madness week! This week some of my favorite bloggy boy mamas and I have been sharing all sorts of fun, boy-related posts to create one huge boy mom extravaganza!
Now I have to admit, when I saw today's theme, I got a little nervous. Boy mom style. Do I even have style? Let's be honest: pretty much any time I leave the house for something important, I have to text my much more fashionable younger sister to make sure I'm not committing a serious fashion faux pas. But while a style post felt just a teensy bit out of my comfort zone, I will look for any excuse to take some cute pictures with my sweet little Cs, so one day after church we headed down to a little trail in our area, and I did my best to corral the troops long enough to get a few shots.
One of these days we may even get a picture where everyone is looking at the camera at the same time, but today is clearly not that day. 🙂
When I look at these little guys of mine, I am always in complete awe of the amazing people they are and are growing to be. I really never thought I would be a boy mom. I only had a sister, I mostly babysat for girls, and I am super girly myself, so I always assumed that I'd have a bunch of little girls.
Then this guy arrived, and I was totally smitten.
I mean, how could I not be with that adorable face?! I had absolutely no idea how to raise boys, but Connor quickly gave me an education in that area. He is 110% boy. I remember going to new places with him when he was a toddler and rushing around trying to beat him to all of the breakable items in the room to get them out of his reach before he could get to them. He was a climber, a runner, a jumper, a squealer, and an all-around wild man when he was tiny!
As he's gotten older, Con has become the most kind-hearted, thoughtful, and caring 6 year-old I know. He's still definitely all boy and has much more energy than I ever will, but he channels it into his love for life and love for other people, and it is such a joy to watch him grow up. And oh is he smart. This boy is already giving me a run for my money, and he's only in kindergarten!
As Connor matured, someone had to take over the job of "resident wild man" in our family, and little Caleb accepted the role with glee!
Tiny and mischievous with a smile always on his face, Caleb made our family complete, and I don't even remember what life was like without him. He pretends to be shy, but once he gets comfortable, he starts talking a mile a minute and won't let you get a word in edgewise. 🙂
You will hardly ever see a picture of him without a treasure or two in his hand. He even walked down the aisle at my sister's wedding holding a few of his "guys." Caleb is definitely the baby of the family-- he's a terrible cleaner upper, he expects to get his way every time, and his little demeanor is so stinkin' adorable that you can't be mad at him for any of it.
Connor has always been Caleb's protector and helper. He watches out for him any time we go anywhere and is always reaching stuff for his little brother or helping him get what he needs. It warms my heart to see how Caleb relies on Connor and trusts him so much.
One of the greatest joys of being a boy mom is getting to see how much these brothers love each other. Sure, they have their share of fights, but at the end of the day, they are truly best friends.
I knew it wouldn't be long before our calm photo shoot got a little crazy! Caleb may be small, but he is usually the instigator when it comes to brother wrestling matches. He has no fear!
Though I never expected to be a boy mom, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. God knew exactly what I needed when he gave me these two little guys, and they have completely stolen my heart.
Another perk of having boys-- they sure do love their mama! <3
If you came looking for some actual boy mom style inspiration, be sure to pop over and visit my fellow boy mamas-- they have tons of it! 🙂
Boy Mom Madness wraps up tomorrow with a giveaway that boy moms AND girl moms will love, so be sure to pop back in and check it out! See you then!