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Yesterday my youngest son turned 11. I honestly can't believe it. I know people say this all the time, but it seriously seems like just yesterday that I was carrying that boy everywhere I went. He didn't start walking until he was 16 months old, and he was a BIG baby. Now the days fly by, they turn into weeks, then months, and years later I find myself the mom of two boys on the edge of puberty. I'm not going to lie... puberty scares the crap out of me. I can handle the girls, I know all about that. I have no clue what to expect with my boys though.
Sometime last year I started to notice a small change in both of my boys, but more-so in my youngest. The dreaded body odor. Ugh! Why??? I mean I knew the time would come, but I wasn't expecting it so soon. As soon as my boys started to smell, I bought them deodorant. Though I have now become aware that "one does not simply buy their son deodorant and have them actually use it". Why is wearing adding deodorant to a child's bathroom routine such a chore? Maybe I have forgotten what it was like to hit that stage, but I didn't want to smell, I was very self-conscious. Maybe it's just a boy thing, I don't know. Either way, I finally got them to wear the stuff, which solved our problem.
If B.O. wasn't enough suddenly my boys started to smell like wet dogs after any activity that induced sweating. Is this normal? What the heck is happening inside their bodies? I'm not sure I'm cut out for this; those were the thoughts running through my head! My husband calmed me down and convinced me that I hadn't birthed wild animals, and that all of this was completely normal.... thank goodness! He then informed me that if I wanted the boys to smell as good as he does (and he does smell good) we needed to up the ante in the bathroom and give them something that could tackle their boy funk. So that's exactly what we did!
We loaded up the mini-van and headed to Wal-Mart to pick up some manly Irish Spring soap and body wash. My husband and sons are a weird bunch. They like to have both soap and body wash on hand . I don't care as long as the bar soap isn't floating in a tub full of water when I go in to clean the bathrooms, which isn't really a problem with the boys anymore since they both prefer showers.
I am happy to report that after much anxiety my boys are now funk-free and I am one happy mama! I don't know what it is about buying things "for men" for my boys but it's like they magically transform when using it into responsible young men who actually care about their hygiene regimen. No kidding, as soon as I run out and they have to use the "girly" stuff, it's like they stop caring all together. Maybe they prefer funk over floral?!
Oh, and I have more good news for you! Purchase one of the new Irish Spring Signature products and you can get $5 off a VUDU purchase! Take a picture of your receipt and then go to Irish Spring Hip Rewards to upload your receipt. Next step, enjoy watching your movie!"
So now that I've been brutally honest with you about our "funky" situation, I'd love to hear how you battled the funk!