Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Changing Voice

Ever since Tommy has turned ten, he’s been obsessed with the fact that his voice is going to change.


Just the other day he was like, “When will it happen? One day will I wake up and my voice be deep? WILL I EVEN KNOW MYSELF ANYMORE?”

I told him it would probably be gradual. Then again, I’m not a dude so what do I know? I asked Tom and he stared at me blankly.

“You know. When your voice went deep?” I pressed. “Like this,” I squeaked. “To this.” I lowered my voice.

Tom shrugged, unmoved by my antics. “I can’t remember.”

I reminded Tommy that this probably didn’t happen until he was around 13.

“One day Freddie had a voice like me and then the next IT WAS DEEP!” Tommy shrieked.

“Tommy,” I said, rubbing my temples. “Who is Freddie?”

“From iCarly!” he yelped.


“Well, they might have done a marathon where one episode was young Freddie and the next was older.”

Tommy gripped his throat. “Will it hurt?”


“How will it be?” Tommy whispered theatrically.

“ know Tommy, there’s this show called The Brady Bunch. Let me point out a boy named Peter and—”



So yeah. That’s what going on in this house right now. And yes, I did get Tommy a book about what boys can expect when they grow.

This has opened up all sorts of conversations. It was especially fun when he randomly asked what wet dreams were in a restaurant and wanted to know where all his hair was. Down there.



  1. You're not making my angst about their tween years any better with this, you know. ;)

    How old was he when you got him that book? My son is 9. Eeek!

  2. There will come a time when he will ask those questions with the sole purpose of embarrassing you. Too funny. ;P

  3. You poor thing *giggles* Well, let's see. The action of his voice will mark the time to change from a boy to a young man. He might get a crack in his voice for a second, let that be his warning. And if he cannot find hair in his nether regions, he hasn't reached the point for his voice to change yet. Errr....

  4. Oooooh! I am NOT looking forward to this! I have about 4-5 more years, I'm going to enjoy every minute! :-)

    Good luck!!

  5. I have three boys, 8, 4, and 1.. & You definitely aren't making me look forward to when they get older! Oh my gosh. Actually, now I am a little freaked haha!

    What book did you buy? I need it! :)

  6. Oh my the teen years are almost upon you! It is nice that he is so open about his curiosity.

    I love the Brady Bunch reference. I will have to remember that if I ever have a boy.

  7. I feel like my boys are going to be little forever. Posts like these remind me that they're not ... and I'm not sure I'll be ready! Eeek!

  8. You poor thing! And here I was thinking boys were easier since someday I'm going to have to explain bras and tampons. Ugh. I really have no help, but you have my support!

  9. Ew puberty. So not looking forward to that.

  10. Ha!

    I am not looking forward to this part of life. Not at all.

  11. When it's time to change, you've got to rearrange, who you are into what you're gonna be.
    Sha na na na NA na na na NA
    Sha na na NA na

  12. OMG lol. I'm at working and trying to conceal my laughter. On one hand, this is funny and on the other, I'm glad I'm not you. Good luck =)

  13. We bought a couple of books for our son - gave him one about fourth grade and the second one (more puberty related) in 6th grade. Upon receiving both books, he promptly threw them under his bed. He assures me he DID read them, though. He is 14 now and his voice has changed. I don't know (or want to know) about any "hair" issues. But, I did see some pit hairs when I went to wake him up one AM and he had his arm up over his head.

  14. HAHA oh my gosh. This completely made my day! I have an 8 month old son.. I'm already dreading it haha.

  15. It just occurred to me that BOTH of our kids are same-aged. My newly turned 10 year old (which we've already discussed) and I have a 4 year old too.

    Wait . . . are you me? :)

    Uh, yeah on the puberty thing. My 10 yo just came home today with a "health" book that's introducing some good stuff. She read this part to me about a sperm cell and an egg cell, then whispered, even though her sister was RIGHT THERE, "Is this talking about sex or am I imagining things?"


  16. HA! It's just going to get worse....errr I mean better from here! ;-)

  17. My friend's stepdaughter, out of the blue at the dinner table (with grandparents present) what masturbation means. Awkward.

  18. I do not envy you right now. ;)

  19. Wow! Hang on for the wild ride!
    It sounds like it's going to be funny watching this one grow up.

  20. Oh cheese and biscuits! This strikes fear deep in my heart. I have two boys 16 mo and 3 yrs and we talk about penises all the time! I can't even imagine when they get older. Send wine now!

  21. This just cracked me up. I guess boys are sweet when they enter the unknown world of pre-puberty. My 9 year old daughter is suddenly exploding with snark. Yee.

  22. When I was 10 I was obsessed with when my period would happen. I had sanitary products on hand and would bring them to a sleepover in case it should happen then. It was 3 years until it actually did happen, and then I wondered why I was so eager to get it. I still do wonder.

  23. One time my son Shane said, in the middle of dinner at a restauarnt!, "So, what are the family jewels??" Silence for a few seconds, and then the rest of us burst into laughter!!! It was embarrassing, but funny at the same time.

    Shane didn't get the joke.

    Kids!! You just gotta love 'em!

  24. bahahahahaha! That is FANTASTIC! *sigh* sorry sister, but you're doing great ;)


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