Full Disclosure and Gettin’ Lucky

Yesterday Cody was finishing his lunch when this conversation occurred, completely catching me by surprise.

cody:  Is a baby alive while inside the mom’s tummy?

me:  Yup, babies grow bigger and bigger inside their mom’s tummy until they are ready to be born.

cody:  How does the egg and the boy stuff, um, sperm turn into a baby?

me:  (In previous conversations of this nature I have tried to and successfully been vague.  I don’t know why I do this other than it is a delicate topic and I don’t know how much to say.  So again I bust out with my question sidestepping techniques.)  If everything is just right, the sperm can go into the egg and fertilize it.  This starts all sort of activity inside of the egg.  The genetic make up from the dad, that came from his sperm, and the genetic material from the mom, in the egg, come together and a baby can start growing.

cody:  (Frustration leaks into his words.)  But how does the sperm get to the egg?

me:  (Ah, well, here it is.  A pointedly direct question deserves a direct and clear response.  But I try one more time to be vague.)  The mom and the dad have sex.

cody:  But what is sex?

And so after I take a deep breath, I tell him.  I tell him that this is something only adults do with each other and not something kids should ever do.  I use anatomically correct language and explain what body part goes where.

cody:  (After a brief pause).  Wow!  That’s kinda cool…and kinda gross too.

me:  (Trying not to laugh and at this point grabbing the closest piece of paper to jot this down so I can get his wording just right for my retell to Husband and you, my lovely readers.)  Well, yeah, it is pretty cool.  It may sound gross to you because you are not an adult yet.

cody:  So…how does the sperm get to the egg from the mom’s magina   (Man, this kid is very detail oriented, even if he can’t quite get right the correct pronunciation of lady parts!)

I discuss the path the sperm takes to get to the egg and how the conditions need to be just right for the egg to get fertilized by the sperm.  I say something along the lines that the mom and dad have to be pretty lucky for all this to happen in order for them to have a baby.

At this point, Carter who has been in the room quietly looking at a Captain Underpants book raises his head and provides his two cents worth.

carter:  Momma!  That means you got lucky two times!!  Because you have two sweet boys.

Yup.  So there you have it.  I, and I guess under Carter’s definition Husband, got lucky two times.

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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14 Responses to Full Disclosure and Gettin’ Lucky

  1. The Waiting says:

    This is so perfect. It kind of makes me want to get lucky again.

  2. Jodi says:

    THAT is a precious story. I’m so glad you wrote it down as one day it will need retelling again!

  3. mimijk says:

    This is a such a keeper!!! As are both of those beautiful boys of course…

    • shoes says:

      Indeed they are! I love the random conversations we have and the completely different ways we come around to the topics we discuss. Cody especially wants to know the finite details of our discussion topics.

  4. out of the mouth of babes……………lol

  5. Birds & bees on demand…this is priceless! It IS kind of cool and gross, all at once, now that he mentions it.I hope my teenager errs on the side of the gross part and saves cool for years later 😀

    • shoes says:

      Yes, it is a rather strange thing to thing about for the first time, especially when you are only seven. I rather like that he found it cool, the whole thing is pretty amazing, but I agree with you on hoping that it is a long time of the gross part stays stronger than the cool part of it all.

  6. ksbeth says:

    hilarious and you know he’ll be sharing that with the kids at school. ‘my mom got lucky two times.’ )

    • shoes says:

      Hahaha – maybe he will forget this conversation ever happened. We still have a week and a half before school starts so my fingers are crossed that he forgets!

  7. According to Carter’s definition, I only got lucky once and never will again. 😦

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