Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bloody Lip Number Five And Counting

I only have one child of each gender, so I'm not an expert on how different it is to raise boys versus girls.   

What I do know is that while Gabi loved to run, jump and climb at 15 months, she wasn't interested in beating my head with a wooden spoon.  Or chomping down on my toes.  Or scratching the bloody daylights out of my arms.  Or using her head as a battering ram. 

Mason loves to do all of those things.  Especially the head as a battering ram thing.  He likes to get a running start, and by the time you see him coming at you out of the corner of your eye, it's (WHACK) too late.   

This is the fifth bloody lip he's given me. 

After I took this picture I went home and promptly got a head butt to the other side of my lip.  I'm now sporting a Double Header.

Mason is so much more physical than Gabi ever was at this age.  And by physical I mean violent.  Like he's practicing for the time he'll have to take down his first moose to feed the tribe.  The poor little guy has no idea that the closest to a moose he'll ever get is fishing with Daddy at the park pond.

For now we're teaching him that hurting others is BAD, being gentle is GOOD, and hoping that in due time we can channel his energy into something more productive than wanting to provide meat to his family.  Like sports (says a dutiful Brazilian wife).   


  1. Stay with it - hugs and kisses all the way. Good luck.

    (And happy Mother's Day.)

  2. Oh, mama...I am crying, I'm laughing so hard. I'M SO SORRY!!!!!!! SJ is the same way. It's worse when he's getting tired...he is mindlessly and endlessly destructive, ripping everything in his path, taking it apart, knocking it down, and generally creating mayem. Swimming is a good way to channel his is the basketball hoop in the backyard, a tricycle in the front yard, and running laps around the local football field. (And I can't WAIT until he's three. He'll be enrolled in sports ASAP!!)

  3. I totally get where you are coming from, I have three boys and number three is a biter and pincher and for some reason, always goes in for the mouth!
    I'm hoping we will grow out of, the other two boys didn't seem to be so violent but maybe i've just forgotten! xx

  4. I hear that MMA fighting is all the rage. Maybe he's just practicing for that?

  5. Sounds like a future all-star football player! My boys are in Tae Kwon Do, and I'm taking it with them. I want to be able to defend myself if they choose to karate chop me. ;)

    Thanks for joining the #BloggyCon Twitter Party last night! It looks like we all enjoyed it! Looking forward to chatting with you again or seeing you at Bloggy Conference if you can make it. ;)


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