At the dinner table today, out of nowhere, Olivia asked:
“Mommy, why does everyone have to have a mommy and a daddy at birth?”
“Because without mommy and daddy, there won’t be you.”
“Well, I know babies come out of mommy’s tummy, so what does daddy do?”
Oh-oh, here comes the million dollar question which I should have prepared to have a good answer by now but haven’t. I quickly ran through a couple of possible answers in my head, answers that she can understand without triggering more curiosity for follow up questions as I am just not ready. Unfortunately I did not find anything.
“Ah…how about we leave that question to daddy, what do you think?”
“Okay.” Hey, it makes sense, doesn’t it?
Immediately I put the following on my list to do tonight: After my husband comes home, work with him to come up with a good answer before Olivia remembers to ask again. Or maybe it is even better, just leave it to daddyJ.