Dad and I have been enjoying the adventures of having a little boy in our lives after experiencing parenthood with only girls. I wondered if boys are taught to play rough and like particular toys, but I now believe it is part of their DNA.
I have been outside enough to witness the excitement as a car or trucks comes into view. None of you ever showed any interest in diving headfirst off the bed or sofa or jumping across a line of cars because you had become a monster truck.
It will be fascinating to see if Bryce teaches his sister his dare-devilish stunts, or if she is will be content to sit quietly and play with her own toys. Where will her interests lie?
I pulled out your baby books for some reminders of your interests based upon your birthday and Christmas gifts. These presents are another trip down memory lane. I was surprised to see many gender-neutral gifts.
As the oldest, I was shocked to see that I mentioned very few of Kelly’s gifts except for a shopping cart and Winnie the Pooh—apparently her favorite toy on her third Christmas! I was surprised to see that Jamie was not the only fan of the cuddly bear.
Jamie’s received more “neutral gifts” on her birthday. I see Sesame Street Colorforms, Magna Doodle, puzzle, Dorothy Gale doll, and sand and water toys. (She was the only summer baby.) At Christmas she received a Mickey Mouse airport, Little People playhouse, and puzzles—all neutral gifts—for her second birthday, she got arts and craft gifts, a camera and binoculars, and her first Barbie—finally a “pink” present.
For Casey’s second birthday, she received ruby slippers, a Dalmatian puppy, Ariel doll and outfit, Ninja Turtle mug (from your boy cousins), a puzzle and a Magic Nursery Doll. The third birthday was a dollhouse with accessories, “5-Little Baby dolls, and Beauty and the Beast Colorforms. (No “blue” gifts that year.)
I believe you all got more opinionated around your fifth birthday with the surge of Barbie dolls, clothes, and accessories. I believe that Casey’s abundance of “pink” toys as early as her second birthday was a direct result of the influences of her older sisters.
I must admit that I am surprised that the gifts were much more neutral than the abundance of boy toys I see scattered around Bryce’s playroom. Do the toys make the boy or did the boy direct the toys? While I am no longer as certain now as I was when I began this story, I still believe his actions were more aggressive than the three of you. It will be very interesting to see what color toys Lily will receive, and whether her DNA or her brother influences her behavior. As far as her toys, I predict lots of “pink” toys.