I grew up as one of two girl siblings in my family. My sister and I weren't sterotypical girlie girls or anything, but we were girls. For the most part, we didn't either break or fit any mold. We were just people. We liked both nail polish and playing manhunt in the back yard. As a matter of fact, I don't think I ever really noticed the difference between boys and girls until I was in school and started chasing a boy named Anthony around the playground to kiss him. Otherwise, the difference between boys and girls was just a matter of what type of bike you rode - you either had a bar across the frame, or you didn't.
But now I have a boy of my own. Boy, oh boy, do I have a boy.
My daughter came first. While it was hard to get used to having a child, I didn't realize how EASY she was until my son came along. Having a boy has opened my eyes to a whole different world. He's a good kid and makes us all laugh every minute, but man...the POOP jokes! Ever since he learned to talk, it's been about poop:
He likes me to check out the bowl when he's done to see the cool shapes he's made.
"Look, Mom! I pooped out a castle!"
He likes to point out how certain things look like poop.
"Wow, doesn't the picture on that lady's shirt look like it has poop on it?"
Anything that doesn't smell like marshmallows or cherry ice pops smells like poop.
"Mom, what are you making for dinner? Cuz it smells like poop."
He uses it as a term of endearment.
"I love you, Poopymommy."
He uses it when he's upset.
"Aw, poop. I dropped my cherry ice pop."
He compares every word to poop.
"Hey! Ice pop sounds like ice poop!" - (I almost chimed in with a comment about poopsicles, but I decided I'd better not.)
He removes words from sentences and replaces them with poop - like the Smurfs do, only much less smurfy and much more brown and icky.
"It's so poopy out today. Let's have a picnic."
He laughs at himself saying the word poop.
"Poooooooop! HAHAHA!!! Poop! POOP! Hahahaha! ... poop."
Thank goodness he's the cutest thing alive. I just want to hug the poop out of him.