I've always been one who did not believe in gender biases. I also had decided early on that I did not want to foster traditional roles in my children either. So, I gave Elena cars and trucks as a baby and I gave Liam a doll, cookware and a stroller for his first birthday. Elena was great. She played with animals, art supplies, natural elements exclusively, she wasn't fond of dress-up or princesses or dolls (phew!). I proudly patted myself on the back for raising her exactly as I had planned. Good work, Momma! Then, came Liam.
When Liam was six months old, he growled in the car. Later we discovered he was actually "communing" with the downshifting of the car. He has always been into all things car. Anything with a wheel, tv shows about construction vehicles, trains, firemen, immediately ratchet him in. If Thomas the Tank Engine is on, he will happily stand eight inches from the tv until it is shut off. Suffice it to say he is all traditional "boy."
I was encouraged when he seemed to take to a pink a stroller our sitter brought over one day. Perhaps this would bring out the sensitive, feminine side of Liam. Then, last week, I went outside to find this:
Apparently, baby trucks need to be cared for as well. Awwwwwwwwww...