I've tried to educate Kacey as much as I can about her period without actually going into too much detail that would scare her or confuse her. I've got another period funny that I have to journal for her so she can laugh later when she grows up. For now, we can be the ones to laugh!!
We found out that she is not alone in her school. There are three other girls in her grade that have already started and so now she doesn't feel so alone. Yesterday, her school nurse gave us the "packet". You know the one you get with the samples of pads, coupons for free pads and the wonderful little booklet that tells you all about the arrival of Aunt Flo and body hair. Yep! That one! I was excited to get it home and actually share it with her since I knew it would be written in terms she could understand...NOT! We started the book with "sweating" and all the stuff that goes along with that. Then the book went into changes in your breasts. Ok, we can handle that. We're doing good! Then the big chapter...Starting Your Period. Ahhhhhhh...the diagrams! So it shows a diagram of the female parts. Kacey sees "eggs" and immediately has a "freak out" moment! "MOMMY! I have eggs inside me???" (scared look on her face) Ohhhhh brother! I can tell where this is headed. So I explain that she does have eggs but they are not the same as chicken eggs. She immediately wells up with tears and asks "Are they gonna hatch?" OK...this is the very moment that as parents we have to laugh and cry at the same time. I literally busted a gut!!! I knew I had to stop because I had to be sensative to her feelings. She was SERIOUS! I wanted to explain this to her so she didn't feel "weird" but yet she had some sort of understanding.
Whew! I wasn't expecting that curve ball, Dear Lord! I've always said God gave me Kacey to keep my sense of humor in check. :) LOL! Boy did she do that this last week!! I've laughed more with her about things she's said and done than I have in a long time. Between all the giggling and questions...one thing is for sure...I've established that there is no such thing as a stupid question and she should never be afraid to ask me what anything means if she's confused about her body. So she smiled at me with this cute little grin and she says, "So Mommy, is a vagina the same thing as a cootie?" *sigh* HYSTERICAL GIGGLES!!!! I give up!!!
For those of you with little girls.....see what you have to look forward to? LOL! And to those of you with boys...I don't know how you're hold a straight face when you finally have the "boy talk" with them?!?!