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3 1/2 going on 13

Some days I’m really happy Morgan still has her emotional outbursts. It’s the “fall on the floor and cry like there is no tomorrow for no reason” outbursts that remind me she is still three. She’s my little girl. My sweetheart. My preschooler. Oh gosh, I only have one preschooler left. Oh my.

On the mature end of things she’s precocious, questioning, tall, articulate, and she keeps up with the five-year olds. It’s so hard sometimes to remember she’s only a preschooler.

There are some days her actions completely surprise me. The other day took the cake.  A 16-year-old boy working at Target passed us, leaving her completely doe-eyed with a soft smile on her face. Really? He was 16!!! 

Afterward we were driving on Broadway, and some big burly bikers pulled up alongside us. Morgan rolled down her window, gave them a soft wave, and smiled while saying “Hi boys” in the sweetest voice she could muster. The problem? She looked so grown up and wise when she did it! She knew she was going to hit a soft spot with those burly bikers!

If 3 1/2 is going on 13, I can’t imagine what 13 is actually going to be like. We are in for some trouble!

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Where do babies come from?

Yep, it’s the question every parent dreads. My son has been obsessed for over a year now with the fact that babies grow in a mommy’s tummy. He’s been known to spout out things that just make you laugh.

“Mama, when I was in your tummy I got really hot. And that’s why I came out. It’s too hot in there”

“Mama, being in your tummy was great. Because I got to drink chocolate milk. You drank it, and then your tummy gave it to me.”

It was all fine and good. Until yesterday.

“Mama, how do babies come out? Your mouth is too small for babies to come out of the tummies and through the mouth”

“Well, Jake, mamas are built special for babies”

“But mama, where do they come out? They can’t come out of your mouth. They can’t”

“Well, Jake, babies come out of a different place on mommies’ bodies”

“Where, mama?”

“They come out below the tummy, Jake”

Clearly, I was doing everything I could to avoid the question. I was so unprepared!

“But mama, there isn’t a hole in your tummy. I’ve seen your tummy and there is no hole there. So where is the hole that babies come from, mama?”

“Well, Jake, babies come out of a hole near the vagina” (Yes, we use anatomically correct terms in our house)

“Oh, geez. Uh, thanks. Eeeewwww.”

Question answered. Case closed. Now I just hope he doesn’t decide to go in and educate the rest of his preschool class.

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Girlfriends galore

Jake, my 4-year-old, has two girlfriends. And he thinks that’s “cool” because some kids only have one. These poor girls – they are both smitten with him, and he’s realized he can play both of them. One mother tells me, “Riley is so infatuated with Jake – he’s all she talks about.” The other tells me, “Maddie cried on the way home last night because she wants to be Jake’s best friend, but Riley is trying to be it too.” Oh, the choices. I remember growing up and thinking it was always the guys that had choices. They could choose me or not. Seems like I was doing the chasing. I felt for these girls.

So, I decided to find out where he was at.

“Jake, do you have any girlfriends at school?”

“Yeah, mama, Maddie and Riley. Big Riley, not little Riley.”

“Really, Jake, you have two?”

“Yep, mama, that’s cool, right? Other kids only get one, but I have two.”

OK, he’s four. I’m going to cut him a break and remember that he’s not quite old enough to get it, but I’m not so sure that’s completely true. We spend a lot of time with Maddie – she’s part of our playgroup. And each party we attend, each event we meet up at, all she wants at the end is a hug goodbye from Jake. We send the poor thing off in hysterics every time, because he flat-out refuses to wrap his arms around her for five seconds…and yes, if you read yesterday’s post, this was the little one he stood up for at the age of 15 months!

Tonight, I was asking him about his day and who he played with. I never know what he’s going to say, and honestly wasn’t thinking about the girlfriend situation. But clearly, he’s made a choice – for today anyway…

“I played with big Riley. She has a green shirt, and I like it. The green shirt says I love Jake. It’s the love Jake t-shirt. Maddie doesn’t have one.”

I guess that solves that! Maddie, your prince charming is out there somewhere, I promise!

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