I thought that God would give us only girls. We are feminists. S was apart of an anti-sexual assault group throughout college and medical school. I am always fighting against the old boys club (which is probably why I couldn’t get along with ANYONE during my surgery rotation). We are GIRL parents.
But at our first 20 week ultrasound, there was a penis. And E was born 19 weeks later. (Already such a good boy — arriving six days early!)
So now I have this little boy to nurture and grow. A boy that I worry about as much as I worry about my girl. And from a WHO-CARES-ABOUT-WHITE-MEN woman, it’s quite a surprise to me.
My biggest fear (which is not unique to me) is E learning to be someone he’s not:
Pink is a GIRL color.
Boys don’t have BABY DOLLS.
Isn’t that TUTU for your sister?
So when we discovered E’s love of tassels on the end of bike handles, my wonderful husband bought him a set. And when my husband gave the sparkly flower tassels to E, my son said with joy: I love them so much! Thank you, Dada!
So maybe God gave us a boy so he could just be any kid he wants to be… for just a little longer….
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