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Where is the X Chromosome?


I am surrounded by boys, boogers, bugs, bumps, and bruises, and lots and lots of testosterone. Sometimes it gets to be a bit much.  Like when my 2 year old, who is finally just learning to talk, chooses “fart” as one of his first words.  And of course everyone bursts into laughter which makes said 2 year old repeat the word over and over. (And who am I kidding?  I am a Mattson.  I was laughing, too. But that’s beside the point.)

Boys are loud.  They are gross.  They can be pretty smelly.  They have no clue how much they trash the house on a daily basis.  And words like “poo poo” and “booty” and “tee tee” are wonderful words that require their own songs.  Alex made up a very special song about booties.  “It’s booty today!  It’s booty today!  It’s booty booty booty booty booty!”  It’s a rather catchy little ditty that will, unfortunately, get stuck in my head every time I hear it. (And now I will be singing it the rest of the evening. Great.)

I need a little girl.  A sweet little girl who will help me keep things neat and clean, who will go shopping with me, who will play dress up with me.  A daughter.  But as I pray for that and wait for it hopefully, I am thankful for my smelly, loud, wild little boys.  Little boys who will spend most of their outdoor time before dinner picking flowers for me because “you married Daddy and you deserve flowers.”


I am so blessed to have my wild hooligans.  They are precious to me and I thank God for them every day.



  1. Elizabeth Root wrote:

    You’re a great mom. Your boys are so sweet and really are well behaved. I hope you are blessed with a girl one day. Having a girl is kinda scary honestly. Simeon is tougher, he’s not as tender. I sometimes wonder if we tell Michel she is pretty too much and it is going to be all she wants to be. And sometimes I feel like Simeon needs someone to be rough with more often, ha we should get together. It’s great your boys have each other, they will be great men and our world needs them.

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
  2. Liz Baker wrote:

    I love how they bring you flowers because “you married Daddy and you deserve flowers”, like it’s a reward for living with their father. Of course, he IS a Meredith, so I guess that makes at least a bit of sense! (Do I have to admit that I’m a Meredith, too?!) Having a girl after three boys doesn’t necessarily guarantee you shopping and dress-up, if the boys have anything to say about it. I seem to remember Dan telling Mom, as he headed out to his first year of college, that he spent 13 years turning me into a tom boy, now she had 5 years to get me into a dress!

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

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