So yesterday afternoon, AJ told me she didn't understand how babies got into a woman's womb. I read somewhere that you should answer the question actually asked and not assume bigger questions, so I simply told her that the man puts a seed in the woman which fertilizes her egg. She said okay so I thought I was good.
Yeah...I was wrong. Oh so wrong.
Tonight after asking me a string of mundane questions in an attempt to stall bedtime, she sprung the BIG question on me.
AJ: So uhm...Mom, I don't understand. How does the man get the seed into the woman?
Me: *Thinking to myself...oh shit.* Well, what do you mean?
AJ: I don't understand! How does it get in the woman?
Me: Okay, so uhm...they do this uhm...adult activity *crap, crap, crap* that uhm...puts the seed there. Time for bed!
AJ: What activity?
Me: *Shiiiitt...* Well, honey, its called sex. And its for adults. And well...that's how the sperm, uhmm...so that's what the seed is actually called, so that's how the sperm gets in the woman.
AJ: *Raises her eyebrow at me.* Uh-huh, HOW does it get in the woman?
Me: *Sigh* Fine. So you know what a penis is, right?
AJ: Yuh-aaaa...its what a man pees through!
Me: Right. So sperm comes out of there too. And the man putshispenisintothewoman'svagina and that's how the sperm gets there.
AJ: *making a face* Ewwww...
Me: Well, yeah, I can see why a five year old might think that sounds gross. Okay, time for bed, pleeease...
AJ: So, how does this happen through the clothes?
Me: They're aren't usually wearing clothes or at least not much.
AJ: Okay, I still don't understand.
Me: What do you mean? What don't you understand? *Go to sleep, go to sleep, please, go to sleep...*
AJ: How does the penis get into the vagina?
Me: *Seriously, do I have to draw a diagram!!* Well, AJ, I'm not sure I get the question, he just puts it in...
AJ: But MOM, the penis...its WOBBLY!
[At this point, I lost it. I started cracking up. AJ joined me and we had a full on belly laughing session while I gasped for air.]
Me: Uhm...so sex. Yeah, its not just for making babies. Which is why some folks use protection to make sure they don't get pregnant or get someone pregnant. So, when the man is excited, his penis isn't wobbly. It's hard uhm...like a stick. *crap, did I just really say that?*
AJ: Like a stick?! *squeals of laughter* So you and dad did this?
Me: *of course, you'd ask me THAT.* Yes.
AJ: *holding up her hand and pointing the finger of her other hand at it* I bet that's how puppies are made too.
AJ: *whispering* You know, I might have sex when I'm older.
Me: Yup, I am sure you will.
AJ: With a man?
Me: Well, uhm, I don't know. Maybe, maybe not. So the sex I was talking about was between a man and woman, but that's because you asked me about how babies are made. A woman and woman can have sex. So can a man and man. They just can't make a baby. I mean they can have a baby, you know, they can adopt or if its women they can have the doctor help them put sperm into one of the women and if its men they can ask a woman to carry the baby for them. Does that make sense?
AJ: Yeah, you know, I might not want to have a baby.
Me: That's okay. You don't have to have one. Uhm...can we please go to bed? Have I answered your questions?
Me: You can always ask me questions tomorrow or another day if you want. But its late, AJ. I'm tired. Oh and uhm...you know I think its great that you felt safe enough to ask me these questions but you probably shouldn't talk to your friends about it. You know, I'm sure their parents would like to be the first person they talk to about it and all.
So yeah...that was my first foray into talking about sex with AJ. Hopefully, I didn't do too badly. I mean, she laughed and didn't seem scarred. That's something, right? Right?