My Baby Is Still Sick + Always Being Mistaken for a Girl

Ah, to be a toddler again…falling asleep wherever, whenever – regardless of what Mommy has to get done.  How I wish I could do that!

Today was a rough day…Micah is still sick.  Without realizing it, I actually got sick too.  It wasn’t until tonight that I noticed that my throat is itchy and I’ve been coughing periodically.  This is probably exactly what happened to Micah before he got full-blown sick.

Ugh! I was really avoiding being sick and now, I’m sick.  But we all knew I was going to get sick…I mean come on, I have a sick toddler.

Unfortunately, being sick does not mean that everything stops.  I still have to be Mommy and care for my sick child.  I did take the day off from work to make sure he was better, though, but I still had lots of work to do.

I tried to track Micah’s Daddy down to get a few things to make Micah a little bit more comfortable — you know, water, cough medicine, orange juice.  Well…that didn’t happen.

So off I go with a sick and sleepy toddler (he couldn’t go to sleep at nap time; his cough kept waking him up) to the grocery store.  You can imagine how fun that was.

People mistake Micah for a girl constantly.  I could have him dressed in a T-shirt and hat combo that says “I’m a boy” on it and people would still say, “Awww…she’s so cute!”  (I tried it one time with one of those “I’m the little brother” t-shirts and they still thought he was a girl smh)

Normally,  I wouldn’t become offended by this.  For a very long time, he looked so cute that you could mistake him for a girl, especially with those really long eyelashes and even longer hair.  But now he looks more like a boy, don’t you agree?  It’s really not that hard to see.  But, yet, I still get the “She’s so cute” spiel everywhere we go.

Today was no different.

Just a disclaimer: I tend to be a tad more agitated when I’m not feeling well.  Therefore, I won’t share my direct responses, just the toned-down version of my thoughts. I’ll let you just imagine what I really said. :)

An older gentleman came over and said, “Hey, I didn’t know they were selling little girls at Pathmark! Which aisle did you get this little girl from?” (Although it was meant to be cute, it was somewhat creepy)

A little girl came over and told her mom, “Can I take her home with me?” (Now I gotta keep an eye on you, little girl, before you decide to snatch HIM)

A woman came over and said, “Awww…you look just like my granddaughter.  Your daughter is so adorable!” (HE is adorable, but now he will not be your friend because you called him a girl)

At the register, a man says, “Your little girl is asleep in the shopping cart.  She was really sleepy, huh?” (Duh! I can see that my little BOY is asleep in the cart. I’m looking right at him!)

When we walk away from the register, another older gentleman says, “Awww…mommy is done torturing you.  It’s almost over, baby girl. You can take your well-deserved nap at home.” (Hold up, did he say I was torturing HIM.  Don’t you know I’m out here to get stuff for him??!! Ugh! I didn’t even look at him as I walked away)

You might be asking yourself, why are all these people talking to us? I have no clue!
This happens everywhere we go.  I can’t even begin to understand why.

Regardless, by the time we made it to the car, Micah was in full-blown tantrum.  He was crying because he was tired, coughing because he was crying, and Mommy was exhausted because she is sick, taking care of a sick toddler, and at the stupid grocery store listening to people say that my son looks like a girl and still have to go home and make lunch for her cranky son.  Like I said…it was a rough day.

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Comments

  1. LOL! Girl I can so commiserate! My oldest son has been mistaken for a girl all of his life; he is almost 20 and still today. Like yours, mine looks nothing like a girl! LOL! :)

  2. I’m so sorry that both of you had to struggle through venturing to the store when sick! And sure enough, that’s when people manage to say the wrong thing.

    • So true! It’s always when I’m sick or agitated when people tend to say the silliest of things. Although, it may be all the time and I only notice more when I’m sick. :)

  3. I bet that can get old really quick people mistaking him as a girl. I hope you two start feeling better soon :)

  4. Absolutely…it got old about 17 months ago LOL. It looks like he’s feeling better, but I still have some time before I’m 100%. Thanks!

  5. LOL, I can only imagine! I’m glad he is feeling better, and I hope you start feeling better soon. Maybe some chicken soup would help ;) I love making some hot tea with lemon and honey! Get well soon~

  6. I agree he looks like a boy to me. Very handsome little guy

  7. Rio is always getting mistaken for a girl. Boys can be beautiful too!..even dressed all in blue it still happens.

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  8. Little kids that age are almost sexless. They are all so adorable that they fail to develop those stark manish or female features. I think little boys who are mistaken for little girls end up being fine men, so it’s probably a good thing. Your son is adorable and son he will be fine, and those girls will be texting the hell out of him. LOL!
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    • I agree with what Brandy (The Mother) said. And I’d add that I think part of it is people get so excited at seeing cute babies, they lose all sense of reality (they’re just overtaken with that raw emotion to hug and squeeze and kiss those cheeks!). My girls look like girls but before they got lots of hair ppl sometimes would say “aww cute boy” even if they were wearing pink.
      I’d also like to say that I think there should be a rule that Moms are not allowed to get sick! I think we should develop a super power that prevents it, once we become parents. We’re an evolved species–where’s our super power? :-)
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  9. Sometimes it’s funny but too much is weird. I have the same story when my son was around 2 years old, he was often mistakenly thought as a she, even if his outfit is already shouting “I’m a boy!” signature. But now that he’s turning 4, no one thought that he’s a she.
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