September 27, 2009

Eggs & Fish

You never know what watching an episode of Oprah will get you. I live by my DVR and record my favorite day time shoes like Oprah, The View, etc. (Oprah, call me!) I use the weekends or the middle of the night when everyone is asleep to catch up on my shows. I was watching Oprah's episode on the little girl named Shilo with the Mermaid condition. If you don't know the story of the bravest little girl, read more here, The Little Mermaid.

Okay, back to Eggs and Fish. Because of her condition, Shilo has one ovary and therefore will be able to produce eggs.

Oldest was in the room and heard this. I had to brace myself with the possibilities of all that coming next.

Oldest: Girls make eggs!!!??
Me: (Pause) Yes, they do.

Oldest: What are you talking about? How do they make eggs? Are they in their bellies?
Me: (Pause) Yes, girls make eggs in their bellies. Want me to show you on Google? (Knee jerk reaction; bad, bad idea).

Ever do a search for female egg cell on Google? The first several images that pop up are the eggs and the sperm. This could only get worse. Oldest is asking me to click here, and click there and what better way to bring attention to something than to try to avoid it. My mind is racing on how to explain sperm, and how the sperm gets near the egg. I'm not ready for this conversation.
After about the third image Oldest is finally satisfied. "So girls make eggs with a bunch of little fish swimming around them." Without any hesitation I say, "Yep, that's right."

And he walked away. Phew! That was easy, for now. I need to get all my ducks in a row. How did you have "The Talk" with your child? What is the appropriate age for this?

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Peter and Nancy said...

Well, if you're like me, you wait until your 7 year old is reading his children's encyclopedia. He was asking questions about the "religion" page, then came out in the kitchen (while we had company over!) to ask me, "Mom, what's a 'vagg-inn-ah?"

The page after "religion" was "reproduction". Oops. We didn't look that far in the book . . .

We sat him down with his 8-year-old brother two days later to talk about how babies come to be. It was actually really a loving, warm conversation.

But we had to repress a LOT of laughter when we asked him about our earlier talk, and he said "Well, the woman's retina gets stiff, and . . . " !!!!!!!!
-- Nancy

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

M baby girl is years away from "the talk," but i remember my mom telling us about the birds and the bees when i was 5 and she was pregnant with my little brother...i asked so many ?s that she explained it all to me (no cabbage patch or stork tales).

La'Tonya Richardson said...

With each one of my children it's been a little different. Without all the details, we started giving information as they started having questions, all on a need to know basis. My oldest, it was around 10 - and the others, somewhere around 7, or 8. Baby girl is now 10, and is FULL of questions!

Felicia - I complete Me said...

That is too funny. I can't believe that happened. I don't know what I'm going to do when my little man start asking random questions. We just had an updated talk with my 13 yo but I mean he's 13.

BTW- How is skype (or any live streaming) coming along for the conference. Yes it's be DateNight the stalker from Chatterbox's radio show. (lol)

badgermama said...

My favorite thing for The Talk was reading the comic book style "It's So Amazing" book with my son. He still reads it. It features a bird and a bee talking and while the bird is curious, the bee often just gets embarrassed. The cartoons, well, you have to see them to believe. A giant happy egg going "Wheeee!" as it travels in its amazing odyssey down the Fallopian tubes, and so on!

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