Wednesday, May 20, 2009

One fail swoop.

Sunday morning, we on the Westside welcomed a brand new baby to the hood. Mindy and Garret had a baby girl and we're all in a tizzy about her cuteness, and her smallness, and her smell-goodness.

We also talked a good bit about breast feeding in front of my two girls who were totally listening but pretending not to listen and instead be completely consumed by the new delicious baby and her new bouncy seat.

With her curiosity piqued beyond her ability to ignore, Olivia peppered me with all kinds of questions on the way home from baseball practice yesterday.

"Mom, I know the Bible says you're supposed to wait until you get married to have babies but how does your body know?"

"Know what, small innocent child who I'm not ready to have this conversation with yet?"

"You know, that you're married. You know, 'cause then, when you're married you can get a baby. How does your body know?"

Wait for it...

"And Mom, if you can't have a baby until you're married, how did Kel and Lillian get a baby? And Cormelias? and Tanisha?"

Oh, my goodness, THINK FAST! "How 'bout a Slurpee?" "What if the moon was made of cheese?" "How much wood could a wood chuck chuck?" FOR THE LOVE OF PETE, GIVE ME SOMETHING I CAN USE!!

Nothing worked. She had started down a road and there was no going back. A road that made her laugh hysterically, squirm, and unfortunately for her momma, ask more and more questions.

I answered anything she asked - mostly because she wasn't buying my go-to response of "God magic".

"You mean (counting silently to herself) you and Daddy did that four times?"

"Yes, Baby, four."

At the end of our very frank conversation, I said, "Olivia, I'm so thankful I got to tell you about all of this. It means a lot for a mom or dad to be able to tell their kids about sex so I want you to keep this just between you and me. You don't need to talk with your friends or your siblings about because we want their mommy's and daddy's to have the opportunity to have a great conversation like we just did. And if you promise to always come to me first with any of your questions, I promise to always be honestly and straightforward about anything you want to know. Deal?"

"Deal."

"Mom, one more thing...Is Santa real?"

Crap.

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13 comments:

Sumer said...

You Rock! How old is Olivia?

Henley on the Horn said...

Bless your heart!!!! Our daughter, Della, thought babies come out of your actual leg. I think I wrote a post about it. When I told her the truth, she was shocked. You were smart to be honest with Olivia since she wouldn't let it go!!! Cant' wait to hear more... and what did you say about Santa?

Susan said...

I'm fully relying on Moody to cover all of this in science class. You are brave to just dive on in there and get it done.

emily said...

Wow, wow. It just might be harder to look at sweet innocent O next time I see her. Way to go mom.

Jess said...

Ok I like the comment about Dr. M covering it in science class :0)

I remember when my told me. I still remember. I actually swore to her I would never, never do that. So gross. She told me one day I would feel differently and God designed it for marriage etc. I am NOT looking forward to having that little convo with my daughter one day!

jnors said...

We are in process on this question, as well...G-man is adopted and birthmom was 16 and not married.... These details are not on the radar for a 5 year old with a new baby brother, but it's been brewing and her 8 year old brain wants more info...and the Santa thing is in there, as well. We told her that we all have Christmas spirit and you have to believe to receive. Not a peep after that...

word verification: bodsmi hmmmmm.

Becca said...

good job answering though :-) I am not looking forward to that stage!

hannahgarippa said...

Oh...how is it that a girl that still snuggles knows all about sex...

I'm so glad you had the opportunity to tell her all about it. I knew way too much from my friends before my mom and dad started talking to me.

What a blessing!!!

Sara said...

WHATTTT??? "God magic" didn't work???? CUTE post & THANKS for the warning! (my word verification was wheejore)

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

that's just about the cutest thing I've read in a long long time...you go, girl!

These Three Kings said...

I think I just woke up eveyone in this house with laughter..LOL!!!!
you did a great job...that santa question got me..I want to know how you answered that one?? :)

love you girly!
I love how the LORD gives us opportunities to show our little ones what a REAL christian does and looks like ..you did just that in this conversation! you go girl!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great job....you did good...
Enjoyed your blog tonight....Hope you will stop by and see me...Every comment enters you for the 10 big giveaways this month....in honor of Parker's 10th birthday.

Sue said...

Wow! Now there is one of those conversations I'll never have but you sure did handle it beautifully! I don't envy the panic you probably felt as you saw you were heading down "THAT" road. I pray your daughter is able to feel she can always come to you, even when peer pressure hits full tilt.

Blessings to you & your family!