April 24th, 2006

eurydice james: pepperlandgirl4

It comes out where?

So, Alicia and I had our first talk today about babies, and anatomy, and all the good stuff that leaves parents red-faced and stuttering like idiots. She's been nagging me about it since she saw the books had arrived last week, and it was with fear in my heart that I finally sat down with her.

As an aside, I have no idea why I was in such knots about it. You'd think for as much smut as I write, and the fact that I write erotic romance, it wouldn't be so nerve-wracking to talk to my 6 year-old-daughter about everything.

It went remarkably well. She giggled at some of the pictures, and there were a lot of moments where her eyes went wide and she said "Oh!" like something had finally clicked. But my favorite moment was when we got to the section on a baby actually being born...

BOOK: What the mother has to do is push the baby out through the opening between her legs, and what she uses to do the pushing are all the muscles inside her stomach.
ALICIA: (Long pause)
BOOK: Now when you think how big the baby is, and how small the opening is---.
ALICIA: Wait. So the baby comes out your bottom?
ME: No. It comes out the vagina. Remember reading about what your vagina is?
(Alicia nods and then frowns as she thinks for a long moment.)
ALICIA: Owwww....

Hee. Out of the mouths of babes. :)