Boy! oh Boy!

by Jan 27, 2013Uncategorized

Boy! oh Boy!

It is official; we are having a boy! I have always been the one in the family to say that I was going to have a boy, years before now. My cousin and sister both have girls so he will be the first boy in our family. Hubby and I could not be happier!

But, there is a part of me that wonders how this is going to go. The idea of potty training and puberty scare me, but the weird thing is that my son will probably have no idea what it is like to not be taken seriously as a hunter.

The struggles that myself and other women have gone through to “prove” that we deserve to be in the woods along side men will be something my son will not have to deal with…it will just be assumed; born into a hunting family, seen as a hunter. In August, I wrote about Steven Rinella’s reaction to having a daughter and his concern about getting her into the outdoors with the same enthusiasm that he had when he knew he was going to have a son. Am I experiencing the reverse? Am I over thinking this? Will I just assume that he will be interested in the outdoors and not put as much enthusiasm into it as I would if I were having a girl??

I know that we are a few years away from a time when he will begin to experience the world around him, so the best bet is to probably sit back and relax. And til then, I can strap him to me, take him for walks and bundle him up next winter to see the amazing things that the outdoors can offer… And hope that he picks up the same excitement and enjoyment that I have being outside.

3 Comments

  1. Congratulations! I have two boys myself.

    • Thanks Rick! Feel free to pass along any tips =)

  2. Congratulations!!! Kids will bring you more joy than you ever thought possible… take time every day to savor the little moments and the adventure!

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