Monday, August 4, 2008

the birds and the bees pigs

The other day I had to stop by Les' work (the pig barn) to pick something up from the Jeep. I had the girls with me and of course they wanted to say hi to their Daddy. So Les came to the door to greet us and asked the girls if they wanted to see a little piglet.

Of course they said YES, so he went back in to bring out a couple of teeny little ones for them to look at and touch -- and even hold, much to the girls' delight.



After we were back in the van heading back home, Joelle asked: "Mom...how do pigs have babies?"


"What?" I innocently asked her (having fully heard the question, but wanting to stall).

"How do pigs have babies?"

Uh-oh. I'm not prepared for these kinds of questions yet. She's not even five years old!! What do I do? What do I say? Oh, why is this happening to me?!?!?! Stay calm...stay calm...

"Well..." (think, Andrea, think!) "...they have babies just like people have babies." (oh come on -- close enough...I was unprepared okay??)

I cringed as I waited for the sure-to-follow reply of "Well, how do people have babies?" But I was relieved to only hear one word come from the back seat after my cowardly answer:

"Oh."

And that was that. Phew! How long do you think I can dodge this bullet??

20 comments:

Pamela said...

Not as long as you would want to I am afraid...*sigh* they grow up way too fast, don't they?

Pam said...

oh no! I would never be ready to answer that question. Yikes! I don't want to think about it.

common mom said...

Another 6 months . . . Princess is 5 and 1/2 (can't forget that half!) and is obsessed with knowing how babies come out! Dude always tells her that they cut your tummy open and pull them out . . . which in my case, was true. She seems good with that for the moment.

Now to explain how people get babies in their tummy . . . the previous answer was "When two people love each other, they get married and have a baby." Then Princess wanted to know when Duma's (the dog) parents got married. She didn't understand how they had Duma if they weren't married.

Ya - that was a stupid response I had to that question . . . I was under pressure, OK!!! ;-)

Jenn said...

Yeah, not too long. I finally had to tell Emily how babies get out of Mommies tummies after Alex was born. My answer "the midwife helped him get out" didn't suffice. "But HOW did he get out" came next. Then "God made a special way for babies to come out" still didn't suffice! "What way Mommy?" You can see how it went........ My final answer was met with wide eyes and she hasn't asked anything since!

Daphne said...

I don't know where LittleMan got this from, but he thinks the baby goes in and then back out, through the Mommy's bellybutton, lol

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

Yeah, this is one of the things about parenthood that I am not looking forward to! But, if you keep sharing, maybe I'll be prepared in another 4 years!

ValleyGirl said...

Probably not much longer if they're anything like their cousins!!! Better borrow those books from the church library and familiarize yourself with age-appropriate explanations!

Kathy and Carl said...

Eeek! I dread the conversation, oh how I wish they would stay young and naive and carefree.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

As a veteran of the reproduction questions, starting at age 3, I can say that you did the right thing. Give as little information as possible, and wait for the next question!

I am a firm believer in being open and honest with my kids about sex, but it's all about how much information they need (or want).

Xandra

MamaGeek said...

Les gets to work with pigs? I'm jealous.

You have a few more months.

TammyIsBlessed said...

Ah, the birds and the bees! Being as relaxed as possible is important so it doesn't come across as being weird, gross or bad. Pretend you're talking about normal body parts like a leg or something. :)

I think you handled it great! Answer what they ask, but no more (unless you know they're ready of course).

I like the "God takes a little piece of Mom and a little piece of Dad and puts them together inside Mommy to make the baby. That's why you look a little like mom and a little like dad." type of answer at the beginning.

Kellan said...

Oh. How cute!

Have a good afternoon, Andrea - see you soon - Kellan

melanie said...

Not as long as you want to, I'm sure.

When I was working in pre-k and pregnant for Hailey I got that question a LOT! So, I think this age is when their little minds start to wonder how in the world that baby got in there and how it gets out.

Jen said...

Wow, kids grow up to fast! Way to dodge the bullet. . . for now :)

Marie said...

Just dropin' in to say hi.

Ah, the dreaded question...

andrea said...

you made me chuckle! i guess they need to find out sometime... huh???

Anonymous said...

I don't have kids but I do have nieces and nephews and had to answer the question with my one nephew when he was 4 years old and we were at the zoo!! I love the zoo but don't go there in spring unless you want to do some explaining!!!

Gin said...

I left the zoo comment.

Mamarazzi said...

you bought yourself a little time. i think you need to start thinking of an answer to the question...cuz umm it's totally coming!

Jen said...

HA! Due to the fact that my daughter has loved horses for the past couple of years and has immersed herself into knowing all she can about horses, she know enough about how they come out and that you need a boy and a girl. She has not asked for a further explanation, for which I am grateful. How much is too much too soon?? Can someone answer that for me?