5 Reasons I’m Thrilled to Be Having a Boy

5 Reasons I’m Thrilled to Be Having a Boy

After the initial shock, one mom couldn’t be happier to learn she’s having a boy

By: Nicole Fabian-Weber

When I first learned I was having a boy, I won’t lie -- I was shocked. In addition to being the mama of a little girl now, I have one sister -- so, girls are really all I know. There was a small part of me that thought maybe I was baking a little dude in my oven, but my overall feeling was, "We’re totally having another girl." And somewhere along the way, before we found out the gender, I must have convinced my husband because together we picked out our soon-to-be daughter's name. Boys' names? Why bother?

When the doctor first broke the news to us, it took a little getting used to. Of course, I was mostly happy to learn that everything looked great with our growing babe, but a boy? Seriously? Are you sure you looked at the right sonogram, Doc?

After a few days -- OK, fine, weeks -- of more or less disbelief, I came to terms with the fact that we'd soon be a family of two boys and two girls. And now that I'm but a few weeks away from my due date, I couldn't love the notion more.

Here, five reasons I'm truly thrilled to be having a boy.

1. Less sibling drama. Having a sister is great, but also, it can be maddening at times. My sister and I have many great memories of sharing late-night talks, borrowing each other's clothes, and throwing dance parties, but we also have memories of screaming matches and tossing nasty comments at one another. I fully understand that many siblings fight, but I have no doubt that there's more drama between two sisters than a sister and a brother.

2. Less mother-child drama. Perhaps I'm being stereotypical, but as there appears to be less drama between brothers and sisters, there appears to be less drama between mothers and sons (and fathers and daughters). My mother and I were incredibly close growing up, but we definitely had our moments. I'm anticipating (and dreading) this happening between my daughter and me when she's older, but kinda hoping it won't be the case with my son.


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3. Special relationships. I feel like having a boy won't taint the special relationship I have with my daughter now. Of course, every parent-child relationship is special, but I feel that the relationships my husband and I have with both of our children will be more individualized since the relationships between two girls, two boys, and a boy and a girl are all incredibly different. Kinda cool.

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4. New territory. Like I said, I don't have a brother, and my husband doesn't have a sister. The brother-sister thing is new territory for both of us, and it's going to be so amazing to watch and figure out.

5. An interesting glimpse. I might be crazy, but I think that having a boy will offer a small glimpse into how my husband once was. My husband and I met when we were 26 -- a time far beyond toddlerhood, puberty, or teenagedom. When he tells me stories from his childhood now, I of course find them fascinating, but I don't really get them, if that makes any sense. Raising a little guy of my own will help me understand what my husband was like when he was younger -- and maybe even a little bit more about him now.

Do you think raising boys is different from raising girls?

Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a sweet toddler girl (with a boy on the way!). She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications.

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