Little One sat beside me and was quiet for a moment. She looked at me and had that look. It’s a look I know all too well. It means one of two things. She either did something she wasn’t supposed to do and was feeling like she needed to confess or that she had a question for me. You know…One of those questions. The questions that you know you need to answer as best as you can and pray that the implications of your answers will not have a negative impact on your kid. Yes. One of those questions. I braced myself. I knew it was coming. I never thought my five year old would ask me a question about conception!
Me: What’s up, honey?
Little One: Mom, are you happy?
Me: (a little taken aback) Yes, honey. I’m happy. I’m very happy. Are you happy?
Little One: Ummm…yeah. But, I really want a baby sister.
Me: Can I ask you a question? Do you think you can be happy even without a baby brother or sister?
Little One: I said I wanted a baby sister, not a baby brother.
Me: I know, honey. What if Mommy and Daddy couldn’t give you a baby sister. I’m not saying it won’t or can’t happen, but I want to know if you’ll be happy even without one.
Little One: (sounding a bit sad) Yeah. All I need is you and Daddy.
Me: (crying a little) We love you too. We love you SO much.
Little One: So, when you get your period, is that the egg that isn’t fertilized? It comes out as blood?
Little One: So, Daddy fertilizes your egg with love, right?
Little One: When I become an adult, [enter name of Little One’s crush] will fertilize my eggs and they’ll turn into babies!!! But only when I’m an adult.
Oh, boy! I have no idea where our 5 year old comes up with things like this. I think we need to brace ourselves for the adventures in the years to come!