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The Watered Down Version...

I'm not even sure how it all started...but Tuesday night during dinner Scott, my brother and I found ourselves giving a very general lesson in genetics. Without going much into detail about the process we explained how girls have 1/2 of the "instructions" needed to grow a baby in an egg. (And yes, I used the" kinda like a chicken" analogy because how else do you explain what an egg is to an 8 and 3 year old?) We also explained that that the other 1/2 of the "instructions" come from sperm, which a boy has. There was actually no need to discuss anatomical parts and I felt like our conversation was informative, factual, but very G rated.

So imagine my shock yesterday when, as Brea and I were simply going about our day's activities, I found myself having the following conversation:

Brea: Mommy, you know that thing a Daddy has to help a Mommy make a baby?

Me: The sperm.

Brea: How does the sperm get out of the Daddy?

Me: (After a longer than normal pause as I was trying to wrap my head around the fact I was having this conversation WITH MY 3 YEAR OLD!) Well honey, it comes out a special way that you are a little to young to understand.

Brea: Is it when a Daddy hugs a Mommy?

Me: Well...sorta.

Brea: Oh. Cause when I grow up and marry a MAN (I would love to know why her little 3 year old brain felt the need to emphasize the word MAN) and I get a baby in my tummy then I'm going to the doctor. Mommy, how does the doctor help a Mommy have a baby?

Me: (Glad we skirted around the sex talk to the more innocent birthing a baby explanation.) The doctor just helps to make sure the baby comes out of the Mommy's tummy safely and makes sure it is healthy.

Brea: Did a doctor help you get me and Lexi out of your tummy?

Me: Yes.

Brea: Was Daddy there too?

Me: Yes, he was in the room when both of you were born.

Brea: But sissy was at Aunt Pammy's when I was born right?

Me: Yep. Hey, what do you think you would like to have for lunch?

Brea: Ummm let me think...


End of the 3 year old version of The Birds and The Bees talk. Sometimes I think that girl is WAY too smart for her own good!

I have a feeling the next time I need to have that talk with one of the girls it won't be quite so watered down...or quite so easy!


peace

Comments

Kate said…
OH my Jenn! You handled that perfectly! I think that's what makes me nervous about having children- they come to you for the answers! I think it's important to give kids the right information, but how the hell do you do that?! How do you edit in an appropriate way? Phew- it makes me a little hesitant to have kids!
Marie-Jolie said…
Birds and the bees... good times!

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