5 of the Craziest Things People Say to Moms of All Boys

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I didn't ask for the blessing of boy motherhood.

In fact, when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was hoping for a daughter.

Just like I was when I was expecting Dude 2. And, again, with Dude 3.

Because I desired the experience of being a mother to a daughter, of watching my husband be a father to a daughter, and of watching my sons be brothers to a sister.

I can't say that I was ever disappointed to learn that I was carrying a baby boy, but I also didn't realize the joy in store for me in the future.

I didn't imagine that my life would be so full, so exciting, and so perfectly fit for me with only sons to call my own.

I've written time and time again about how I fell in love with DudeMom life unexpectedly — much to my own surprise.

There are still times when I will see little curly-headed baby girls in the street and imagine that they are what a lady version of me and my husband would be like. But I can also say that there are never days when I lament my life with boys. Or think I'm not normal because my husband doesn't know how to mix up his chromosomes a little. Or understand why on earth Americans seem to think the only desirable family shape and size is one with a boy and a girl and a floppy-eared dog.

The proof is in the comments.

5 of the Craziest Things People Say to Moms of All Boys

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“Three sons?! Buuuut you seem so normal!”

Because I am? I can think of at least 12 other reasons why I might question someone's normalcy e.g., you don't like bacon, you're the chick at the gas station in winter with shorty shorts on, you're like my husband who drinks orange juice with his chocolate chip cookies.

I could go on.

Having three children of the same gender just isn't one of them.

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“All boys? There is a special place in heaven for you.”

Thank goodness. I hope it's away from the annoying people who actually say stuff like that in front of my boys. Fingers crossed that there will also be endless shoe shopping and a delicious calorie-free cookie-and-cupcake bar.

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“You need to try for a girl!”

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I already did, obviously. Thank goodness I was happy with a human. Besides, what I (and every mother of three children under 5 years old) need more than anything right now is a nap. Do girls come with those?

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“Your house must be a madhouse.”

It is, but only because I live there. I can only partially blame my children for my crazy.

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“I'm sorry.”

Well, you should be. But not because I have three adorable, intelligent, healthy, funny, awesome young men to call my own, but because you are an insensitive human impersonator who would say something so ridiculous in front of the children I am NOT SORRY to have!

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5 of the Craziest Things People Say to Moms of All Boys

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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2 comments

  1. Nikki says:

    When I had my daughter (my second) after having a son first, I was just as baffled to get comments like “now you have the perfect family” or “a boy then a girl, just what everyone wants!” These were baffling to me because I thought I would only have boys (and at least three kids) and that would have been great for me. I couldn’t believe that people would presume to create in their heads “the perfect family” for anyone.

  2. Jessica says:

    Finally someone who feels the same way I feel about having sons! Thank you for this 🙂

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