My 6 year old daughter is a natural mama. If a bunch of kids come to play at the park, she will end up with the baby and the mom, gently pushing the baby on the swing, and talking the mom’s ear off. She will hover over any stroller, just waiting with great anticipation for the baby to wake up and, when he/she does, my daughter is ready to entertain.
She talks a lot about me having more babies, and the number ranges from her having another brother and sister to 10 babies…I “belt them out” in pairs (she has a twin brother), but still…another 5 pregnancies? Ummm…I’ll get back to you on that.
Wanted to share a conversation between my 6 year old daughter and I earlier this week.
“When I’m big, I’m going to be pregnant.”
“When you’re big like mommy, yes you probably will.” – need to start the brainwashing early
“I’m going to have twins in my tummy like you did.”
“You may honey. You may also have one baby instead of two in your tummy at a time, and that’s just as special. How many babies do you want to have?”
“Lots. They are cute.”
“Yes, they are, and lots of work too so you have to be a grown up first.” – more brainwashing.
Silence for a few minutes…
“You were pregnant in your tummy.”
“How did we get in your tummy?” C ~ R ~ A ~ P Umm…thought she would be a bit older than 6 before this question was asked, and NOT while I was driving back from camp.
“Daddy and I loved each other very much and he helped me.” Please don’t ask how…please don’t ask how…crap…did she notice the past tense…I don’t want to have the divorce discussion now too…
“How did he help you?” Double C ~ R ~ A ~ P
“Honey, that’s a conversation we can have when you are older, and when mommy’s not driving. It’s a really big girl conversation and I want to be able to answer any questions you have.”
“OK mommy. I love you, and I want babies just like you did.”
And then she started singing along with the music, while I silently prayed for that “really big girl conversation” to be many years from now.