Saturday, January 21, 2006

snips and snails and puppy dog tails

Several months ago, one of our "couple friends" suggested that we swap babysitting nights once a month so that we could have a date night. Now these friends have two boys, four and five. Yeah, it was an accident. The boys have a rep in our circle of friends as being "difficult." One particularly twitchy mom (um, yeah, I really wanted to say something else!) calls them demon spawn in the hearing of their parents!!! Personally, I don't see it. Yes, they are occasionally loud and obnoxious, but aren't all children?

I digress. We enthusiastically agreed to this, since our teenage sitter recently got a license and a boyfriend (the little tramp) and never has time to sit anymore. So once a month, we get a night out, then experience what life with four kids would be like. I gotta say, I like it. These boys worship Drama Queen and she, being especially good with small children, entertains them and generally makes them invisible for the duration of their visit. This is one of my daughters more endearing traits.

So tonight, I'm sitting with them, watching Finding Nemo and letting them stay up way too late, so their parents can sleep in tomorrow. See how I am? And experiencing the wonder of the creature called boy. You see, I have girls and I love them and I am a great "girl mom." But with the impending arrival of an unidentified someone, I find myself wistful in the blue section of baby departments. I'd like a chance to have a son. I know that Missy HooHaw will play soccer and assorted other rough sports and be a total tomboy, because at 18 months, she already loves to roughhouse.

But a boy. I'd like to travel that road too. And maybe I will...


Blogger jennyonthespot said...

Boy-o-boy.... A boy is a whole other experience. I want that for you too :) And when it happens, I have plenty of books about raising sons I can recommend!

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