This is one of those hard things for me to talk about. It always embarrassed me, and when my mom gave me the talk, it was brief with much blushing on both parts.
I think i handled it very well. Practicing on Addison first helped.
Today the girls and I had a spontaneous girl talk. Yeah, the talk.
It all started with a blurb on the t.v. about Celin Dion undergoing some fertility treatments, and of course Meaghan-the-curious wanted to know what all that involved. It naturally lead to a discussion about eggs, how women have a set amount, how they run out of them after a while. Then, because she made some leap in logic or is just a good guesser, she asked me what panty liners were for.
So I told her.
Sarah was clearly uncomfortable with where the conversation was going. Especially after I mentioned that something that looks a lot like blood comes out of down there, and it happens every single month.
Meaghan scrunched up her nose and said, “Oh GROSS!”
Sarah, on the other hand, said “Mooooom, can we talk about something else?”
i broke it to her then that not only would it happen to her, it would happen probably by the time she turned twelve.
“Oh,” she said with a thoughtful look on her face.
“Is that why you have those things in the bathroom, too?” Meaghan asked.
“Unfortunately, yes.” I replied. I also told them how their friend, Kendra had hers already (another chorus of “Yuk!”) and the Spice Girls did too. (A look of unbelief at that one). And I said how their brother knew all about it already. When it was clear they had heard quite enough, thank you, I ended with the following statement:
“if you have any more questions, you just come to me and ask. or Kendra, she’ll tell you. I have books too. But don’t ask your father. he’ll just look silly and tell you to come talk to me about it. He told me that’s my department.”
Then we went back to cuddling in the rocking chair, watching the start of Jeopardy.