If you haven’t already heard the news (have you been under a rock?), Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their baby this week – Archie Harrison. So cute!!
We are sure the blissful new parents are in a bubble of squishiness at the moment. There is nothing better than those first newborns days. #takemeback
As the new baby dust settles, it’s time for Megs and Harry to get down to the nitty-gritty – the raising of little Archie! And boy, are they in for an adventure! Because, as any mum of boys knows, raising boys is not for the faint of heart.
Stock on up those royal Band-Aids and get ready for a lifetime of *doodle* talk
So to the stunning new mumma Megs (how amazing does she look!), from one boy mum to another, here are a few more things to keep in mind when it comes to raising your beautiful boy.
Congrats! You’re officially a boy mum. Which is a pretty amazing thing to be. Just ask any mum of boys. I was lucky enough to give birth to my little man almost ten years ago (eek!) and let me tell ya, it been a helluva ride! And a massive lesson in stamina. Oh, and safety.
People always say boys are much easier than girls, and, in a sense, they are right. Generally speaking here, boys tend to be a little more chilled out than girls and a touch better in the sleep department, but the easy ride ends there.
Firstly, expect every nappy change to be a game of Russian Roulette. Will you get hit with a fountain of baby wee or will he wait until you’ve put the nappy back on? Peeing on mummy was my son’s favourite game when he was younger. Now it’s peeing on the toilet seat. And all over the bathroom floor.
Speaking of boy bits, expect the doodle to come out. A lot. You’ll most likely catch Archie waving his weaponry loud and proud, watering the plants in the backyard, showcasing just how FAR it can stretch at the dinner table and shoving it into weird areas.
Royal or not, we don’t put our doodles in the fish tank.
With the love of the doodle also comes the hatred of clothes. I don’t know why but little boys LOVE to be naked. Ever wondered why Duchess Kate dresses her princes in impossible-to-rip-open collared shirts, buttoned sweaters and zipped cardigans? It’s not just because they look adorable – it’s to keep those naked public outings to a minimum.
While you’re stocking up on buttoned shirts, make sure you also grab a bulk tin of coffee cause once little boys start moving, they pretty much never stop.
And, if they are silent, it probably means they’re lathering themselves with peanut butter, Sudocrem or some other impossible-to-remove substance.
Mess is awesome. And so are balls, cars and, of course, weapons. Try as you might, you really can’t escape the toy gun obsession. Even if you don’t give in to the Nerf guns, your little one will discover that ANYTHING can be made into a gun to pretend shoot. A fork. A stick. His penis. Just give in to the Nerf guns. And invest in a good storage system for them. Because they WILL consume your house.
Boys play HARD. They bounce off beds, they tumble down hills, they jump off cliffs. Safety comes second to adventure and thus ointments and Band-Aids are a MUST. Type your local Dial-A-Doctor into your Favourites now. Thank me later. You do learn to roll with the bounces but prepare to have a few minor heart attacks, especially during the toddler years.
Not only do they play hard, but they feel hard too. And sometimes these intense emotions get the best of them. Communication isn’t always easy for little boys which means you can expect plenty of frustration as they learn to regulate these emotions. This is one of the trickiest things about raising my son. Sometimes he doesn’t have the words to explain how he feels. But we boy mums just know when our sons need some space or a mummy cuddle.
And these mummy cuddles are by far the greatest thing about little boys. They give the BEST cuddles. They are warm and soft and, albeit a bit smelly at times, oh so snuggly and squishy. There’s nothing better than starting your day with a cheeky smile and a cuddle before your little man is off on another fun-fuelled escapade.
That’s another great thing about boys – they are always up for an adventure. And they are more than happy to take you along for the ride. So hang on tight, new mumma and enjoy this incredible journey with your little Prince. It goes by way too quickly.
Wishing Meghan and Harry a massive congrats on the arrival of Archie. For all the goss on the birth, check out our latest post on the newest royal, Archie Harrison.