A bit unprepared for this one

July 26, 2006


So, LittleMan has a penis. The Swimmy does not. This has now been noticed.

In the past two days I’ve had the “penis-vagina” discussion three times. I hadn’t considered this issue before LittleMan’s arrival. I guess I just assumed because the Swimmy had been in school, she’d seen her other boy classmates “equipment” while dealing with the whole potty training issue. (The kids shared a bathroom at school at a certain age – SURELY they peeked? Right?)

Well, I gotta stop assuming things.

Here’s kinda how the discussion goes (every. damn. time.)

Swimmy: Mommy, what’s that?

Me: That’s his penis.

Swimmy: Is that where he goes pishy (pee)?

Me: Yes.

Swimmy: I don’t have one of those.

Me: Right.

Swimmy: Where does the pishy come out?

Me: There a hole at the end of his penis and that’s where it comes out.

Swimmy: Why do boys have those?

Me: ‘Cause that’s how G-d made them.

Swimmy: Oh. What do I have?

Me: You have a vagina.

Swimmy: Is that where I make pishy?

Me: Yes.

Swimmy: Where does LittleMan make poo poo?

Me: Boys and girls make poo poo in the same place – your tushies.

Swimmy: Oh. I like mine better.

I’m guessing this is as far as we need to go right now. But, I’m also guessing the next set of questions won’t be as easy to answer. In the meantime, it’s a Kindergarten physiology lesson every four hours – whether I like it or not.

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5 Responses to “A bit unprepared for this one”

  1. dee Says:

    A few months after Zach was born we went on a mini-vacation to visit some family in TX. The cousin that we were staying with has a 4-year old daughter. I was totally unprepared for those questions as well. I answered as vaguely as I possibly could and then told her that she should go ask her mommy. I wasn’t sure exactly how much information her mom wanted divulged at that point or what words to use. And, yes, it reapeated every time she saw me change his diaper. It was fun trying to explain breastfeeding to her as well, but she had that one figured out by the end of our visit.

  2. Chris Says:

    At least you now know you need to prep for the next, more difficult set.

  3. jen Says:

    eh. This made me giggle…Sorry!
    I remember the first time I ever saw one. I was 4. I was amazed and I wanted one. The fact that he could pee standing up was SO COOL!!
    Now? Notsomuch. I am SO glad that I do not have one, being that they rule the mind 99% of the time!! LOL
    Although the pee while standing thing sure would come in handy at times…. *sigh*

  4. bill Says:

    Especially when there is snow and you have a long name. Very impressive.

  5. R. Robyn Says:

    I’ve read through your posts. Congratulations on Benjiman. I hope you feel better. And Swimmy is a smart cookie!