The Chickens and the Bees
As some of you know, my twins are in 1st grade. It was a bumpy journey in the beginning, going from 1/2 day kindergarten to full-day, first grade.
Much to the boys’ surprise, they were expected to do school work all day – oh the horror!
Almost daily I hear Mom….do I have to go to school AGAIN?? I just went, WHY do I have to go everyday? It’s the SAME thing everyday…math, math, math!
One of our biggest challenges has been the daily reading requirement. WE are supposed to read together 20 minutes a night and learn roughly 400 sight words.
Piece of cake I thought in September!
I love to read, surely one or both of the twins will also enjoy it. Visions of us browsing Barnes & Noble filled my head. Heck, I even imagined us reading the Harry Potter series together – this would be win-win because we would fulfill the reading requirement AND make a memory.
Sadly, it didn’t take very long for my dream to be squashed by my offspring. Everynight when I say boys…it’s time to read and I get OH NO AGAIN??!! We just read last night!
This week, through the grace of God, the twins’ advanced to Level 2 books. This is sort of a Catch-22 for me. On the one hand, I am thrilled that they are progressing and able to read books that do not rhyme every other word.
On the other hand, Level 2 books are longer and it takes FOREVER for them (especially J) to finish.
Did I mention that J reads only 1-word at a time which can cause a tired Mom to maybe fall asleep halfway through “Ruby Bridges goes to School”.
Last night the boys and I arranged ourselves on my bed and I pulled out the book J picked from his blue reading folder. Tonight we will be reading (drum roll) “The life cycle of a chick”.
WTF? Who the heck wants to read a book about a chick??!!
M looked at the book and immediately asked Can I go wait in my bed for J to finish? (that’s my boy!)
J…did you just pick this off the shelf or did you look at it beforehand? I asked trying to hide my dismay.
No..I looked..can I start now? was his reply.
And so he began to read about hens and roosters, the many breeds of chickens in the world (there are hundreds in case you were curious) and lastly how hens lay eggs that turn into chicks.
Obviously this brought on a discussion about where eggs come from, how come the eggs we eat don’t have chicks in them and do ALL eggs come from chickens or does someone make them?
Somehow I got J back on track and he continued reading about how an egg is fertilized by a rooster and all the different stages of the chick before it is hatched accompanied by pictures.
EWWWWW that is so gross Mom!!! J look at that, yuck I don’t even want to look at that again said M.
M it looks like an alien in this picture look! shouted J.
Finally we got past that chapter and moved on to chicks getting their yellow “down” and how old they are when they first grow feathers.
Whew…I managed to stay awake, I thought to myself. Ok boys, let’s get ready for bed.
Mommy? I have a question M said before getting up.
M’s question resulted in the following exchange:
Me: Sure, what is it?
M: Well…where do babies come from?
Me: (Jesus Christ is he kidding me??) Ummm in their mommy’s belly, you know that.
M: No I mean, how do they grow in the mom’s belly? How do they fit?
Me: Well they start off small and then grow and grow until they are born.
M: How small?
Me: I don’t know, very small.
M: Small like an ant small?
Me (baffled and thinking back to my ultrasound pictures): Sure, that’s about right.
Now J chimes in still holding the chicken book
Look M….this is how tiny he says pointing to the picture of the fertilized egg in the book.
M: Mommy, I am really confused, I just don’t get how the baby gets in the belly. Does it just appear??
Me (not quite sure I am ready to explain a sperm and egg scenario): Hey, look it’s after 8pm and you guys have school tomorrow. You better hurry up and put your jammies on!
M (uttering to himself): This is really confusing, I hope there is a book out there that will explain this to me.
And that is how I survived my first “the birds and the bees” conversation.
Thanks for reading and have a good day!