Adding Words to Our Ick-tionary: Life With Boys (spon)

I never thought I would have boys. My only sibling is my sister and my husband the same. When I was pregnant with Jack, I secretly wanted him to be a boy because I wanted to experience life with a son, a boy. My dreams came true when he was born, and life has only gotten more fun and interesting since he and his sister and brother came along.


Slugs and snails and puppy-dog tails,
That’s what little boys are made of.

While this phrase certainly suits my youngest, Jack really has never been a wiley, dirt and mischief lover at all. They are quite the opposite of each other in those ways, but there are some thing that come along with having boys that just must be across the board consistent.


Perhaps it’s a lack of focus or control, but I suspect that often he is purely oblivious to the fact that he destroys my clean bathroom every single day. Aside from the fact that I am extremely insistent on a clean bathroom-we all share one teeny bathroom elevates that need-It really doesn’t bother me so much that I have to wipe everything down at least a few times a day. The days when we’ll be potty-training Beau are right around the corner and I’m sure it’ll be far different (read:worse).

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I have to wonder if they’ll ever outgrow it though.

Since Jack was potty-trained, we’ve maintained a stock of Clorox Disinfectant Wipes and they are stored either in our bathroom cabinet or in a nearby closet. The frequency in which we use them to wipe down the tile and toilet requires them to be in a very near proximity to avoid (new Ick-tionary term alert!) Trickle Treat: When the pee stain goes down the side of the potty.

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(obviously I cleaned like crazy before sharing my bathroom on the world wide web)

Just like everything, we’ve developed a system for managing the mess and are pleasantly surprised on the days when there’s very few. Our system changes often to incorporate natural products, and there are certain things that we use regularly for different areas of the house.

Life with boys has been truly everything I had hoped for-and of course with Zoe too, but I knew a little bit about that before she came along! This is one of those areas that I’ve had some eye-opening experiences, but nothing that wasn’t expected. It’s a little messy now and then but it’s nothing that I don’t expect or even appreciate.

Are there any Ick-tionary words that you use at home?

This post is brought to you by The Clorox Company. I have partnered with them to spread the word about Clorox’s Ick-tionary program. To share Ick-tionary terms and real life messes, visit All opinions and stories are my own.

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