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Jenny Gardener
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Why, of all areas to be fixated on (many gifted children focus on certain areas and become little "experts" on them), does my daughter have to be fascinated with human reproduction?

I've done the good mommy thing, and encouraged her obsession. We've had talks, read books, and rented movies. If at all possible, I'll have her attend my baby's birth.

But my kid is the ONLY six-year-old I know who has drawn her impressions of the stages of fetal development on her whiteboard!! [Big Grin]

[ April 21, 2005, 04:43 PM: Message edited by: Jenny Gardener ]

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Jenny Gardener
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Now my daughter is writing something. She's had me spell the words "healthy", "mother", and...

"What's that stage called right after the egg?"
"Zygote"
"How do you spell zygote? I'm writing a song."

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[Big Grin]
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Jenny Gardener
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And now she's adding "embryo" and "fetus", as well as the traditional "baby". [Roll Eyes]
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Altáriël of Dorthonion
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Wow, a future sexologist. [Eek!]

Or pediatritian....

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*giggle* What a good mommy you are.
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Jenny Gardener
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No, A of D... This is all about BEFORE the baby comes out. Perhaps obstetrics or midwifery?
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Altáriël of Dorthonion
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Its still rather disturbing to have a child talk about those things all the time... [Wink]
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Maybe she actually remembers some of this stuff [Big Grin] . That'd be a freaky memory to carry around, wouldn't it?
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I'm still waiting for the song. [Big Grin]
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"It's not unlike escaping Mother's womb. God, what a memory!"
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What my 3-year-old daughter used to say when she got a stomachache:

"My uterus hurts!"

My wife has made it a point to use correct terminology when my daughter has a question. Sometimes that comes back to us in very funny ways.

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Precious!
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dkw, you're not going to post the story about Uncle Allan and How Babies Are Made?
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Get mom to tell it, she probably remembers it better. [Big Grin]
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*waits for story*
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Wow, Jenny! That's very cool [Smile] and hilarious. I wanna hear/read the song, too. Do you think it'll taper off after you give birth?
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My Mom gave me all the books and let me study up when she was pregnant with my sister and I was 7. I really liked A Child is Born. It was so cool.

I remember one day, though, when we were playing with modelling clay with all the daycare kids. My mom had to pull me aside and explain that maybe when we were playing "guess that shape" I shouldn't use shapes like "amniotic sac" or "sperm" in front of the other kids.

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When I was about 7 my family took me to the science museum in Chicago with the large heart kids can climb in and out of and the embryos at all different stages along one wall and the chicks that hatch under glass for the kids to watch. I don't really know which museum that is. I was fascinated by those human embryos and would go back and forth comparing the different stages.
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My mother was not too happy when I drew pregnant women with babies on their shirts. Perhaps because I knew a bit too much about reproduction...
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::waiting patiently to hear about Uncle Allan and How Babies Are Made::
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quote:
What my 3-year-old daughter used to say when she got a stomachache:

"My uterus hurts!"

I actually say the same exact thing when I have cramps. It just seems more accurate then my stomach hurts.

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My Mom gave me all the books and let me study up when she was pregnant with my sister and I was 7. I really liked A Child is Born. It was so cool.
My mom gave me that book when I got my period. I was only ten and I wasn't happy to have my mom giving me a book about reproduction. So I shoved it under my bed. She found it and put it back on my shelf. So I shoved it under my bed again. The cycle went on for a while.
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Ah, I remember my zygote days. . . those were good times.

Good times.

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*grins at Dante* I adore that movie.
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Maybe before letting her see you birth, you might let her see a video (if such things are available) with the sound off, where you can stop it if she indicates any discomfort. Does she ask other people besides you about these things? I'm being totally selfish here, but when I'm pregnant I dislike nosey people.
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When I was 8 or 9, my dad said, "There are some books on the shelf you might want to read." Thereafter, I was the resident expert for my friends on all things sex, conception, birth-control, menstruation, and childbirth related. Still am, actually...
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Here's the one I let the kids watch about a year ago.
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Jenny Gardener
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Here is the song (with original spellings). Everything written below is what my daughter wrote. I did space out the lines.

2 verses How a baby grows.

Oh baby insid my mother
I do hope your healthy
And this is how you grow
you start with a egg
and then you turn into a sygoto
and then you turn into a embryo
and then you turn into a fetus
and then you come out to be a baby!

by Abby

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So cute!
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Cute. [Smile]
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[Smile] I was hoping you'd post the song. Now we just need one of the Williams clan to tell us about Uncle Allan and I'll be completely satisfied.
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Awww!
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It's adorable!

But it'll never be a breakaway pop hit.

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Aww, that's so cute! [Smile]
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That's impressive! My first song was about kittens. I don't think I knew what a zygote was until high school or so. Maybe she could write another one just about the zygote. There's so many good rhymes for that word.

A zygote of note in a coat went across the moat in a little boat rowed by a goat. While afloat, it wrote a note to the one upon whom it did dote, and in that note it did gloat about its developing throat which would soon be able to quote the poet who wrote about remote moats. Then the zygote ate an oat and said "Oh dear! I hope I don't bloat!" And that is the end of my anecdote.

Yup. I'm bored, alright.

Edit: And I don't know, Chris. I think it's got a fighting chance. I've certainly heard worse lyrics on the radio lately. The other day I was switching stations and it went from a band screaming "Eat my brains! Eat my brains!" to someone singing "the sh** is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!". At least this baby song makes logical sense.

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::giggles:: Oh dearie.

Jenny, I think your amusement is very much what my own mother went through when I was eight. Being the budding little scientist that I was, I wanted and recieved a science encyclopedia for my 8th birthday. I poured through geology and astronomy and ecology and most of biology until I opened to three pages devoted to reproduction. ::Laughs:: I have a very distinct memory of hiding whenever I read those pages because I somehow knew from the nude drawings that Mommy wouldn't like me reading the words they came with. The shock in my mother's voice when she asked me how I knew all of this and then found out that it was out of the book that she'd given me was priceless [Big Grin] .

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Jenny Gardener
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Sadly, Faerygirl doesn't remember this song. I'm bumping the thread to remind me to copy it for her.
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[ROFL] I can only imagine how wonderful she is now.
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She is amazing, Tammy. She has her own business making and selling faery dolls. She got the rest of the family into small business, too - now we sell honey at our local Farm Market. She is wise, witty, precocious, and on the cusp of becoming a teenager. I love her so.
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