I always had a feeling I would have boys. I grew up with two brothers and my hubby (singer Guy Sebastian) is one of four boys with not a sister in sight between us.
So when my sons Hudson, 5, and Archer, 3, bounded into the world I wasn’t surprised. I thought I was prepared and had the “boy thing” figured out, but I was wrong. Whilst I was braced to trip over Lego, listen to endless toilet talk and regularly referee playfights, what I was not expecting was how much sheer energy they would exude and how much that would sap my own strength and test my patience.
They literally never stop going. For a chilled-out person like myself, it continues to shock me to this day.
Hudson especially is like some kind of miniature action man. He was born ready and literally does not have an off button. During the day I work as a stylist, blogger and have my own YouTube show Tea with Jules, so by school pick up time I sometimes feel a little pooped.
However that’s often the time when Hudson revs up. The other day I picked him up from school and he was immediately chirping, “Mum, where are we going? Can we do something? Can we see friends? Can we go to the park?” Even in that short window between school end and dinner time sitting still is not an option for him, and Archer’s much the same.
I regularly read articles usually penned by other weary mums about how little boys often need to expel more energy than little girls. Generally, the advice is something along the lines of, “Just let them blow off steam and keep them moving”. Okay … I’m trying!
A typical weekend often involves a parade of activities. We’ve done outdoor playgrounds, indoor playgrounds, the beach, trampoline centres, bowling, fishing, boating, parks. Basically, anything involving running, climbing or jumping is where we’re at.
A typical day consists of the boys usually wrestling and jumping on each other amongst shouting and fists flying. When they were younger my instinct was to discipline them and prevent them hurting each other but now I’m like, “Nah, get it out of your system!”