Every once in a while, Ian gets on a kick about wanting another sibling (today he wanted one so that we could 'fill up the van'). Some days he wants a sister, others he would "weally weally weally" like another brother. Today in the car, he told me that he wanted a brother and could I "please think about having another baby so that he could name him Jackson William, or if it is a girl, she could be named Zoe?"
Several minutes into this conversation, it took a scary little turn, and all of a sudden I was dancing around a birds-and-bees conversation while doing 70mph in a packed minivan. I tried to satisfy him with vague answers when he asked how the baby got into my belly. "You need a mommy cell and a daddy cell", "When you are married you can decide to have babies", "When two people love each other very very much...". But every time I tried one of those, he would answer back with, "But HOW do you get the cells together?" I even tried the "Let's talk about this when you are a little older," but that just stirred up more interest ("Well, can't you just give me a hint...?")
So, my question is...when did you have the official real live talk with your kids about this? I don't necessarily want to go into all of the details with him, because he is, well, FOUR, and also because he is a very inquisitive little boy. I can just imagine the conversations he will have with all the little girls and boys at preschool when he is armed with this kind of information.
What do I do? I ended tonight's conversation by throwing Bryan under the bus- I told him that it was something I'd have to talk to Daddy about, and we had to wait until he got home. That buys me 24 hours. Maybe he will just forget. But if he doesn't...is there some book for 4 year olds that can explain baby-making in a simple, non-scarring way? Oy.