Saturday, December 8, 2012

HE'S so cute!

Teagan is constantly being called a boy by strangers. She has a pink winter jacket that she is wearing most of the time. She has pink shoes that are on her on feet most days. It doesn't matter though. I am often told that he is cute or that he has beautiful eyes. I will frequently hear other parents tell their toddler to let the "little boy" finish with the toy and then he/she can have it.

For some reason, I don't really care if Teagan is referred to as a boy because it won't happen for long. I can see how it could happen. She doesn't have a ton of hair, even at 18 months, and what she does have is bleach blonde. She is stockier than her sister and sometimes walks like a little trucker!

If the situation is right, I'll correct the stranger. If the comment comes in the form of a passing shopper at the grocery store, I don't bother. As other parents of multiples can attest to, I get enough attention when I'm out and about. Sometimes I don't have time/feel like having the same conversation again and again. Don't get me wrong though, I appreciate the kind words of strangers.

Jenn, on the other hand, is quite bothered by strangers referring to Miss T as a boy. While she might not correct them outright, she will usually grumble about it under her breath.

Is your son or daughter often referred to as the opposite sex? How do you take it?

My sweet little girl


  1. The Bean gets called a girl quite often (still). He has insanely long eyelashes, so I assume that is why. It doesn't bother either of us and he doesn't even seem to notice, so I don't think it's an issue.

  2. She's darling and I won't be long until that hair comes in.

  3. Don't let it bother you too much. It happens to everyone. Our eldest had very little hair until she hit 2 and she often got called a boy, even when decked out in pink. I thought she looked like a girl personally but people just look at the hair and assume.

    In the end, who cares what strangers think, especially at this stage. People are just foolish. :P

    1. It definitely doesn't bother me at all. I agree - I remember thinking that all babies looked alike! It was sometimes impossible to tell if the baby was a girl or boy.

  4. I was referred to as a boy a few times growing up, but I was much older, like 5...I remember the instances when I was thought to be a boy clear as day but yeah I think people are just idiots... Your babies are darling!

  5. I don't have children, but I have to admit that I once made that mistake myself. I was actually performing a children's show when twin sisters came forward to play one of my percussion instruments. They were about 5 or 6 years old and I mistakenly referred to one of them as "He." I then asked her for her name and she said, Megan, followed by "we are sisters," referring to her twin.

    I immediately made sure that I referred to her as one of the best little girls to play my drums ever. I now refer to everyone by their name or use non-gender specific terminology. For the record, I wouldn't mind anyone correcting me, but I can image you getting tired of doing that all of the time. It was indeed a learning experience for me that I don't plan on doing again. Take care and thanks for sharing.

    Uncle Devin
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