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