Mom-of-four Gena Lee Nolin is inviting Celebrity Baby Scoop readers along as she shares her life experiences – and asks for advice – as she juggles her busy life with husband, former NHL star Cale Hulse, and their four children: Spencer, 17, Caia, 12, Hudson, 8, and Stella, 5.
In her latest blog post, Gena contemplates the differences between raising girls versus boys. The former Baywatch star says, “Boys are way easier than girls,” and goes on to share some family stories to prove her theory. Continue reading Gena’s thoughtful blog, titled, “Girls vs. Boys.”
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“Girls vs. Boys
When I was asked to write an article on the differences between boys and girls, I jumped at the opportunity. What’s been said about women through the years is, with out a doubt, true. We’re hormonal, emotional creatures — and sometimes yes means no and no means yes.
I’m proud to say that even with our raging complexities, women create miracles with childbirth, and have an innate motherly instinct that our counterparts don’t have. The yin and yang between men and women has created the perfect balance — and let me tell you, there’s a difference when raising them!
After having two healthy boys and a beautiful step-daughter, we thought we were done. Things were sailing along until a little over a year had passed and I started having these overwhelming thoughts of having another baby. I’d shake it off thinking we had the perfect family, and we’d already agreed that we were done. I sat my husband down expressing my baby feelings, and to my surprise, he wasn’t completely against it. Weeks went by and he said, ‘You know, I’ve been thinking about what you said and someone’s missing from this family, let’s do it!’
Literally… we did [laughs]!
I’m a planner by nature, so this baby already had a due date. When we learned I was pregnant, everyone in both our families was absolutely thrilled! Being that I had 2 boys full time, I really yearned for a baby girl this time around. When I found out I was carrying a girl, I cried all the way through the movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants — happy, glorious tears of laughter and disbelief!
We wanted our son Hudson (who wasn’t even two at the time) to be close in age to his younger sibling. Smart move! I can’t stress how important it is to have siblings close in age. It’s hard for the first few years, but then they really become best buds.
Spencer was much older — 9 years between him and Hudson, so not much in common until just lately. Spencer teaches him piano, they ride bikes, play tennis, etc. The bond will get stronger as they get older, but it’s still hard to relate to one another. The kid is almost 17-years-old — Dino Dan isn’t high on his list of favorite shows [laughs].
I can only speak for myself, but girlfriends, boys are way easier than girls!
My boys came home from the hospital with a sh*t eating grin, like they knew they had me at their first cry. And they did. They’d sleep for hours on end, a little moan for the boob, a diaper change, and then back to dreamland. As they grew, and I’ll say it again, all they wanted was a good meal, sleep and a swing at the park. It seemed to be a breeze and I felt very confident with each child under any condition. The boys were always cuddle bugs with me and preferred being with mama over dada. Actually, with that being said, mama were both of their first words.
The twos and threes can be a bit challenging with the standard tantrums, potty training issues, and just listening to basic logic [laughs]. Other than the obvious, it was truly easy and fun with both of my baby boys.
Drumroll please…and then Miss Stella Monroe Hulse debuted December 3, 2008 at a healthy 7lbs 3oz. She was perfect — a beautiful baby and I’m not just saying that because she was mine. She was the talk of the maternity ward among the nurses. I was in the hospital a few days longer because of a C-section and that gave us time to really bond. Cale was at home with the boys and it was just the two of us, eye to eye, as she laid on my chest her first night. I was in love and she was all mine.
We arrived home to a house full of curious boys that were a little unsure. Pink was everywhere — I mean everywhere! So, it was fun to watch them all settle into our new family member. Two weeks went by and things ran smoothly — lots of sleep, feeding every 2-3 hours, the usual newborn routine. Until, suddenly, screaming morning, noon and night! I rocked her, sang to her, walked her, put her on top of the dryer in her moses basket, praying the hum of the machine would soothe her.
Nothing worked, so off I went to the pediatrician for help. I was exhausted — thankfully my husband is a very hands-on father. We had tried everything, changing formula, back to the boob, formula, and so on. This went on for awhile, taking shifts, so the other could get some sleep. I learned that my sweet little twinkle toed daughter had a set of lungs on her that I’d never heard before. It had an ear-piercing pitch that would stop people dead in their tracks — everyone knew when we arrived at the party [laughs].
I put a soother in her mouth hoping to heavens it would help ‘soothe’ her. Suddenly, it got quiet! She suckled that thing like Maggie from The Simpsons and I instantly felt my blood pressure dropping back to normal.
She’s still my pistol — very athletic, smart as a whip, reading and talking early on, no surprise. And FYI, my husband wanted you to know that Stella’s first word was, dada!
Whatever it was, it was definitely unexpected and now that we see her thriving and growing beautifully, it’s a great relief.
What a joy to be given the gift of raising both boys and girls. They are so very different and both the loves of my life. The world would be such a bore for only one, that God created two. So different, yet all united in perfect form for us to learn, grow and inspire from the other.”View Slideshow »»