It all started with one particularly memorable conversation.
"Mom, do ladies just poop out babies?" Ethan asked after watching a commercial for TLC's A Baby Story.
"Poop them out?! What? NO!" I stammered quickly. When I recovered, my curiosity got the best of me and I asked, "Why would you think that ladies pooped out babies anyway?"
He rolled his little seven year old eyes at me and slowly, and a bit impatiently explained, "Well, on TV the ladies get all scrunched up and pull on their legs and then grunt like they are pooping a really BIG poop."
Aha! (If only he knew how closely labor resembled a really BIG poop, but I digress. . .)
I went on to explain that ladies were specially made to have babies, and then for further clarification, I added, "Ladies have one hole that is ONLY for pooping, one hole that is ONLY for peeing, and one hole that is called a vagina that is made ONLY to have babies."
And since at seven I didn't think that he needed to know how babies actually came to be using THAT same baby hole, I ended the conversation there. He seemed content with his new knowledge.
This morning, however, it became clear that I needed to go over Ethan's new vocabulary, yet again. The conversation revolved around a friend of ours that had just delivered a baby. Not wanting to be left out, Ethan smiled his jack-o-latern grin, nodded knowingly, and piped in his two cents, ". . .And . . . the baby came right out of her baby shooting hole!"
I am so proud.