July is coming and that means double celebration as both Ethan and Darling’s birthdays fall just a week apart. On the way home from school today, Ethan had a chat with his father regarding his birthday and how he wants to celebrate it this year. Talking about birthdays, that boy asked the father why wasn’t he born on 31 August just like his brother, Ayden. It would be super cool to be born a Merdeka Baby he said. Darling answered that our birth date is beyond our control and it also depends on when the Mommy gets pregnant to which Ethan asked further, “How did Mommy get pregnant?”
Darling explained that for Mommy to get pregnant, Mommy’s egg needs to be fertilized by Daddy’s sperm. Of course the question did not stop there. The rest of the conversation goes like this:
Ethan: Egg? As in E.G.G?
Darling: Yes. Egg as in EGG but not as in the chicken egg that you eat everyday.
Ethan: What’s a sperm?
Darling: Sperm is something that we men can produce that can make a woman pregnant.
Ethan: I can make sperm too?
Darling: Not until you reach puberty, say 16 years old?
Ethan: So how does it work? This sperm and egg?
Darling: The sperm needs to reach the egg to fertilize it.
Ethan: Then what? How does this sperm meet the egg? The egg is inside Mommy right?
Darling: Yes, the egg is in Mommy. The sperm will need to come out from Daddy and go into Mommy.
Darling: Daddy’s penis needs to be in Mommy’s vagina in order for the sperm to go to the egg.
Darling: Yeah… eeeeewwwwww. That’s what it takes to make you and Ayden. Eeeeeeeeew…
I wasn’t there when that conversation took place. There was only both of them in the car on the way home from school. My eyes almost popped out of their sockets when Darling told me that story. I was like, “WHAT?!!! What did you just tell Ethan?!! What happens to the stork delivering the baby kind of story?!”
Darling said that all the hours he spent in the car driving on the road, he has been listening to the radio and one of his favourite segment is the sex education given by some experts. He remembered them saying that if your child question you about the birds and the bees, we are supposed to answer them the truth, matter of factly. They need to know and lying or twisting the fact wont help. He said we must keep a straight face and an open mind while discussing this matter with our children.
I just fainted…
What would you do if your kid throw you this question? What will be YOUR approach on this issue? How would you handle it? Care to share?
This is only the beginning. I know with Ethan, there’ll be more questions to come in the following days or weeks leading to his birthday. I’m already shivering thinking about it. I think I’ll just use the classic, “Ask your father” and let Darling handle this. After all, he is his son. Unless I have a daughter, then I’ll do the talking…
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I am a mother to two boys; Ethan and Ayden and a wife to Darling William. I'm a stay at home mum who blogs to break the monotony of life and to avoid feeling jaded. Would love to get to know all the Super Mommies and Daddies and Babies or Singles out there with the hope that we can learn more from each other. Most of all, I am a happy person, and I hope YOU are too.
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