I was (clearly) totally unprepared for this conversation with my 5-year old on Thursday:
5-year old: Mom, how do you get a baby inside your tummy?
5-year old: Like, does a baby just start growing inside your tummy all of the sudden, or, if you really, really want a baby, do you just get pregnant with one inside your tummy?
Me: Uhhhhhhh... Well, like doggies and bears and birds, there is always a mommy and a daddy, and they make a baby together.
5-year old: I don't understand. A baby can't just come... how do they make the baby?
(My daughter and her friends play "house" 90% of their time together. They argue about which girl will be the mom, which will be the big sister, and which will be the baby "inside so-and-so's tummy". Basically they talk about having babies, makeup, having babies, barbies, and having babies, - and sometimes they mix in werewolves (someone's mom must be reading the Twilight series??). So, I know where this is coming from. But, for any other child a simple explanation would suffice - like for my 7-year old - but not my 5-year old: she likes to fully comprehend things and will question everything until she "gets it", so I know that I am in big trouble.)
Me: Well, a mommy and daddy decide that they want a baby and then they just have a baby together.
5-year old: Well, I don't understand. You are saying: blah, blah, and they have a baby. I don't understand what you are saying. Like, can a 14-year old girl get pregnant?
Me: Ye-e-es-s-s. But, that would not be a good thing if a 14-year old got pregnant.
5-year old: Why not? And how would a 14-year old girl get pregnant if she is not married?
Me: We-e-e-l-l-l... A 14-year old would want to go to school and play with her friends, and she would have to have a job and work to make money to take care of the baby, and she would need to take care of the baby. Doesn't that sound hard?
5-year old: Yes.
Me: So, what did you do with your friends at your play group today?
Seriously, just hit me over the head with a frying pan! I dodged it this time, mainly because I could not get over the fact that she is only 5!!
So, this introduces a new challenge for me: to get prepared for the next time those questions come at me from my 5-year old, and I'm sure they will be coming again - very soon.