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Boy Mom BlogHop

I'm linking up with The M.O.B. Society's Boy Mom BlogHop and heard about the link up from A Day in Mollywood.  So, if you're a mom to boys (or a boy), then you should link up too!

Here's my boy... just days after he arrived and I became a boy mom.


I'm Jill and this is my blog about my family (and our journey to building our family).

We are the Happy Hopefuls.

My blog started as a light fluffy blog about nothing, really and it developed (quickly) into a journal about our infertility trials and tribulations.  I started blogging in 2008 and have blogged (almost) consistently since then.  Our journey to create our family wasn't a fun ride.  There were a lot of doctor's appointments, medicines, needles, ultrasounds and money involved.  When it finally happened for us, I had taken a more holistic approach and it worked!  Unfortunately, we miscarried (6/2010), but we tried the same method again and it worked just 2 months later.

June 10, 2011 is the day that I became a mother to this precious little boy.

A little about me?  I have a loud laugh, a love for photography, a huge appreciation for everything DIY (even thought it's not always my strong suite), I'm obsessed with Pinterest, I'm also a fur-mom to a 7 year old Brittany, I've been married for 8 years, I have a brother and a sister, I'm 8.5 months pregnant with our daughter and I have a 13 month old son.

About my son...  Like I said, he's 13 months old and just a ball of energy.  He started taking steps around 11.5/12 months and hasn't stopped since.  Lately, he's become much more confident about walking and it might be one of the cutest things we've had to witness. As a mom, each milestone is amazing and exciting... from cutting teeth (even though it can be awful), to moving into a larger clothing size, to saying a new word, to no longer taking a bottle... it's all so fun to watch.  But walking.  Walking is really something else.

 Me, as a mom?  I don't know if there is really a term for the type of parent that I strive to be... outside of hoping to take on a more natural parenting technique, I don't know what else you would call me.  I don't get stressed out about a lot of things that my son isn't doing.  Luckily, he's been almost right on point with all of his milestones and where he's fallen behind, he's picked right up weeks later and "caught up" to where others his age are.  I recognize that every child is different and achieves different milestones at different times, so I can only share what he's doing and I don't gloat about how fast or slow they happen.  My husband supports me but also has a tenancy of pushing me along when he feels that I'm being to lax about a topic or stage in our son's life.  We have a good balance.

My son, from the moment he was really into holding or playing with toys has always preferred books over toys.  When we first has a toy basket, we joked that the only reason a toy was on the floor was because it was in the way of one of his books and he had to move it in order to get the book out.  This stands true today and it's actually pretty awesome.  He loves reading books, flipping pages, pointing out animals that he knows and trying to point out others that seem familiar.

The books he currently loves are:

That's Not My Dinosaur
Click Clack Moo, Cow's that Type
Five Little Ladybugs
123 Chicago

Being a mom to a boy has been really fun and exciting, we seriously never have a dull moment.  It was interesting to me to see my son around 2 girls around Christmas time and to hear the other moms talking about how the one thought that "boys are just so different than girls".  Coen was in the quiet room with a 3 month old girl and a 2 year old girl that had been sitting quietly with their moms and reading books while the Christmas service was going on.  When Coen arrived, he was all over the place.  Banging on the wall, going after every book that was available or not available, and just talking up a storm.  In my opinion, nothing out of his norm at 6 months old.  But apparently, to these moms that had girls, only, it was much different than what their girls do...  It was interesting to hear that point of view because I didn't know any different.  Since then, I haven't changed a thing or done anything differently, because he is who he is and I wouldn't change a thing about him.

Coen is our sunshine and we love him more than words can express. We will have a new family dynamic when we have our little girl arrive, but we are more than excited to have that journey begin.  Coen's going to make a great big brother and that relationship he will have with his sister will be so precious.

With that, if you're a new reader, welcome.  If you're someone who has been around a while and hasn't said much, I appreciate you.  If you're a reader that I know and love, thank you.  If you've ever left a comment and wanted to hear back from me, but haven't... make sure you're blogger profile is set up to receive emails back!  I'd love to answer your questions and build our relationship... through the interwebs.

Have a great day and link up, if you'd like! (see the info for linking up at the top)


Kelly said…
Passing through on the blog hop! Great to meet you and your adorable little guy:) Love the pic of your guy surrounded by books. I'm a mom of 3 boys, adopting a 4th and we have several pics of our oldest 2 boys just like that one:) My youngest (6months) is just interested in eating books... his fav is Panda Bear, Panda Bear:)
Missy said…
Hey! I'm stopping by from the hop. Your little boy is so adorable!! And I love that he loves books.

Missy @
Molly said…
As always, he is so adorable. These little boys are such a huge responsibility but the best kind of job EVER. Thanks for linking up!
Johnson Family said…
Pleased to meet you through the blog hop! He is adorable! And congrats on baby girl coming soon. I have three girls and one boy. They are all delightful....and yes my son is very different from his sisters :) I look forward to getting to know you more through reading your blog!
Buffi Neal said…
so cute!
New follower from the Blog Hop
My Wonderfully Dysfunctional Blog
Deanna said…
Stopping by from the MOB Society blog hop. It is great to meet you and your cute little guy! Can't wait to meet his sister!!
Rosilind Jukic said…
I am stopping by from the MOB blog hop (I'm still working through the list). Oh - that first picture is so precious. Such a tiny thing!!! My 2 1/2 yr old has That's Not My Teddy and loves that book, too. Congrats on the soon-to-be new one. Blessings from Croatia: A Little R & R:

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