on having boys

grubby little hands and feet
the smell of sticky sweat and sweet

trucks and books and dinosaurs
heavy breathing, little snores

poop and pee and tooter jokes
saying things to shock my folks

wrestling moves and pig piling
days chocked full of smiling

pockets that are full of rocks
laundry filled with balled up socks

taking toys and throwing fits
it’s a wonder our house isn’t broken to bits

loving fierce and loving hard
stitches that will leave you scarred

sharing boogers and random finds
I’m so glad to call you mine.

I love you Charlie and Eddie.
I am so proud to be a mom to boys.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I love this!

  2. This is so awesome, love it!

  3. I love this!

  4. Know what would be awesome? If you made a photo book with this poem in it for both boys at Christmas time.
    You’re welcome for the idea.
    You can send me a check.

  5. So cute and perfect for having little boys. Love it. 🙂

  6. ah, the tooter jokes…yes, the joys of boys…
    and even my girls now join in…
    what a cute and perfect poem

  7. Having what I have, it’s amazing to see the differences in boys & girls . . . there are wonderments to each, truly – but once boys figure out their pockets – well, it becomes really fun (Leila won’t use her pockets because, I swear, she doesn’t like the way that it makes her pants look when there’s something in there)

  8. I always wanted to be a mom to a boy and knew the second I got pregnant with Lucas that he was a boy. Boys rock!! Even with the poop, pee and fart stuff they come with. 🙂