"BABIES COME OUT OF YOUR GIRLIE PARTS!"
sang my then five-year-old daughter as she shimmied, NAKED! on my bed.
SAY WHAT??? *eye bug out*
"Why yes, yes they do, but we don't need to dance naked while singing about it on Mamma's bed!" was my ever so smooth reply.
I'd just come out the shower and was naked myself. Good morning to me!
My children's stepmother was pregnant again, for the second time. The first time, The Girl had been just 3, so she really didn't have that many questions, but I should have known from the way she asked to speak to her stepmother every time her dad called and fired off all sorts of questions, that this would be coming.
So I did the thing any responsible parent would do. I went to the library and got a book.
And Boy Howdy, a book I did get!
Note to self: Next time, READ THE BOOK FIRST!
This one is nothing if not comprehensive. It goes into boy parts and girl parts and pregnancy and childbirth and divorce and stepfamilies and homosexuality and good touches and bad touches and HOLY COW! We did A LOT of skimming, but at the end of it all, our questions were answered! ALL OF THEM... and some we didn't even know we had!
It's actually a very good book. I just should have been better prepared.
It has occurred to me that the baby that was the result of the pregnancy that spurred the Naked Dance is two-and-a-half and maybe I should check in with my now almost 8-year-old and her 9-and-a-half-year-old brother and see what they remember.
Me: Hey kids, where do babies come from?
The Girl: Whaat??? *lots of giggling and spluttering* You....ladies, pregnant women, mommies
The Boy: Their mom's stomach, well not exactly their stomach, but...
The Girl: Their private parts! *lots of giggling*
Are you getting the impression they know more and just don't want to say so???
The Girl: Adopted babies come from other mothers.
HMMM, perhaps it's time for a refresher?
4.) Are you feeling brave? Ask your child where babies come from and share their answers.