Yesterday, George and I were in the car. He asked me a very intelligent question:
"Mom, when daddies get old like grandpas can they still put the baby seeds into mommies?"
Background: We had a converstaion with George a while back about where babies come from. He is a very inquisitive little boy and doesn't forget anything we say. I knew we had to be strategic about our story, but I also didn't think honesty would be the best policy in this situation with a four year old. I am leaving that conversation to Tim when both the boys get older . . . Ahem.
Anyways, the best story I could come up with was that daddies plant seeds in mommies' bellies. Those seeds then grow into babies over the course of nine months. Then the mommies deliver the babies from their bellies. He did ask where they came out, but I avoided that one with a good old game of distraction.
It gets even better because like I said, George never forgets anything. One night my friend (name will be changed to protect the innocent) "Plate" came over to go out to dinner with me. I hadn't seen her in a long time, so she came in to see the kids really quick before we left. She is a thin little thing, so it wasn't like she had a big ole belly or anything. George went up to her and asked her if she had a baby seed in her belly. She said "no," and as is the natural course of conversation for a four year old, he asked "why?" She said she wasn't sure (as she is cracking up). He told her she better tell her husband to put that baby seed in there. It was pretty crazy because "Plate" had been trying to get pregnant and was actually with child at that point, although very early on and not telling many people.
So, I am sure you are dying to know how I answered the question from yesterday . . . I just told George that "no, eventually daddies run out of baby seeds. That is why grandpas and grandmas can't have babies when they are old."
That was seriously all I could come up with on short notice. Don't judge me, ok?
Anybody have any better ideas about explaining all things baby and birth related to young children? I am obviously at a loss:)