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Of Guns and Pluffers

Here’s the thing with boys and Purim. They will get dressed up as ANYTHING, so long as they get to have a gun or a sword, preferably both!

A few weeks ago, my son was playing with a little girl his age.  The toy he chose was a medium-sized box of Gears. To be clear, this is not a building toy, but rather a sort of puzzle where you connect flat boards and then build a chain of gears upon them that you can control with a small handle.

I heard my son say, “Let’s make a gun.”

The girl groaned. “No.”

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Welcoming a Baby Boy Erev Pesach

Welcoming a Baby Boy on Erev Pesach

(Due to popular demand, this post answers all your questions about “how did you do it?”, as well as explaining what yapchuk is…)

All winter long (and it was a rather long winter!), I reassured my friends that erev Pesach was actually a very good time for me to have a baby.  It would be bein hazemanim, , and my big boys would be home.  They would clean, cook and bake, and what’s more, they would watch the little ones, and I wouldn’t need to farm anyone out.

My due date arrived, and I was right on schedule.  It was two weeks to Pesach, but my clothes shopping was done, and my kitchen was Pesachdig.  I started cooking on Tuesday, and I figured the timing was just right.  Fill the freezer as much as possible, give birth by Shabbos, and be home in time for Yom Tov.

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My Guest Post on

Hi, everyone,

After Miriam Hendeles kindly reviewed my book, she invited me to write a guest post on her blog, on the topic of ‘preparing to be a mother-in-law’!  (How did she know I worry about that?)

Once I started it was hard to stop, and the results are right here

While you’re there, take a look around…it’s a friendly, welcoming blog written from the heart, so browse and enjoy!

It’s a(nother) boy!

Call me archaic if you will, I’m one of those who walks into the delivery room with NO IDEA what it’s going to be!

By the time I was expecting my fourth, though, I was getting rather antsy.  With three boys at home, could I wait nine months to know what this baby would be?

On the other hand, as the stakes got higher, it somehow seemed more important NOT to know.  First of all, forget it, it would be impossible to keep it a secret.  You know how people are when they’re hoping you’ll have that first girl, they’ll try any tactic to trip you up!  But beyond that, it’s hard to feel exultant about an anonymous ‘nother boy’, and maybe, just maybe, I would feel a bit disappointed for the rest of the pregnancy.  And maybe when that boy would be born, I would greet him with ‘duh.’  I don’t know, I never tried!  But I knew with absolute certainty that after difficult labor, when the baby of newly discovered gender would be placed, ruddy and healthy, in my arms, I would be euphoric either way, girl or boy.  And that was something I didn’t want to risk losing!

So I chose to remain uninformed, and I’m glad I did.

And then, I was expecting number six.  By that time, what can I say? I was feeling the pressure.  It wasn’t me, I was okay having another boy, but I knew my friends were starting to feel weird. Like, what would they say to me if it was a(nother) boy?

So I took matters into my own hands.  All through my ninth month, I coached my friends.  “Listen to what you’re going to say if I have another boy: ‘Another boy?!!!! That’s amazing! Lucky you – six boys…wow!’  And not only that…you know the present you’re dreaming of buying me when I have my girl?  I want it now…I deserve it twice as much if I have another boy!”

That arranged, I could enter my tenth month (yeah, yeah) with a load off my shoulders. I didn’t have to worry about pity calls and half-hearted mazel tovs, I knew my friends would come through for me.

And then, it was a girl!  A darling, pink pink pinkety-pink girl…

But the pressure wasn’t off yet.  You think as soon as you have a girl, you can breathe and have another ten boys?  Not until bas yechida has a sister!


Welcome to the Boy Oh Boy Blog!

Hi, fellow mothers (and grandmothers) of boys,

Welcome to the official blog of Boy Oh Boy!, the guide to the wonderful world of boys.

Now that the book is out (, what’s the blog for?


Here’s the place to share your tips, your stories, your experiences with your sons, and anything else you feel moms of boys will find useful or entertaining.

To add a new post in any topic, email me at

And of course, the great ideas that came up after the book was printed…you’ll find those  here as well!

Can’t wait to meet you in blogsphere!


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