Whenever I think about having a little boy I can get overwhelmed. It seems like it'd be easy to inadvertently either baby him in an attempt to protect him or to go to the other extreme to try and make him tough and manly. So then I start to think about which men impacted me the most and positively growing up and I'm blessed enough to be able to say my dad is the one that stands out, as well as my Grandpa who passed away several years ago. I, of course, am not saying they were always perfect, only that the overall idea of 'what is a man' that I obtained from their examples are things that I hope we will impart onto our son. A tiny glimpse of the many traits I hope to teach would be humbleness, a tender heart, a sincere interest in other humans, strong morals, a love for music and a zeal for God from my dad. A deep and true love for nature and caring for the earth, a firmness of character, the desire to be a hard worker, strength to voice his own opinions when he feels it's needed :) and the eye for photography from my Grandpa. There is a happy medium rarely found in 'good men' of both gentleness along with the capability of being firm. I count myself smart as well as lucky to have snagged Harold, since he possesses all of these traits as well so hopefully our little boy has a lot in his favor and will turn out with a soft heart as well as a bold spirit. Sheesh. Overwhelming.
Because I am determined to make this little boy have a heart of gold, I'm not afraid to make all the aesthetic choices be 'tough and manly'. ;) I'm not drawn to the poppy, bright and mod boyish styles of things really, neither to the babyish pastels or gender neutral philosophy nor to the make-everything-grey idea. Being this picky makes it hard but I have found a few things around the internet that i thought were cute for a little boy's room, although Harold may or may not agree with some. Hehe.