For years, I haven’t thought twice about it. I mean they are little and they are girls, too. And are the same sex as me.
So, when I have gotten undressed to take a shower or just change in the morning or at night, I have always changed in front of both of my girls.
It never seemed to phase them before. My husband has always made sure to change when they aren’t around and to lock the bathroom door when he is in their for either the use of the toilet or showering, because after all he is a guy and they are little girls, who don’t have the same parts as him (as he puts it to them if asked). He has always been of the mindset that he is not ready to explain this to them just yet and leaves it at that.
But for me, like I said I am the same sex as my girls and we do have the same body parts, so it really never dawned on me to do this in private. I am not into voyeurism, but I am home taking care of them all day long, all the time, so again they are just with me pretty much 24-7.
But then, one night recently, I was changing out of my clothes to put on my shorts and t-shirt for bed in my bedroom. The kids were on my bed playing with my iPad. As I was changing out of my bra, I heard Lily say, “Boobies! I see boobies!”
And as she was saying this, she was giggling and twirling her little fingers on both hands as though she wanted to grab or pinch them.
I stood there in shock for a moment and couldn’t believe she knew that word or had even took note that I was topless.
Seriously, this was the first time she had ever made mention or noticed. So, of course, I was totally taken aback.
I quickly got myself composed, dressed and exited the room. The kids were still in there again playing with my iPad. Once I was dressed again, Lily just returned to playing with said iPad and Emma.
I went into Kevin and as I was now not in there presence, I exhaled and found myself hysterical laughing. Just the thought of her saying this word and her physical reaction with her little hands just got me for some reason.
Kevin had no clue why I was laughing and when I finally caught my breath and stopped, I retold the story as to what just occurred. He, too, ended up laughing.
However, I know this is probably not funny to all, but for some reason it just was to us, especially for the fact she just did this without thinking. It was so natural to her.
See she is again only 2 1/2 years old and so innocent. She doesn’t know right from wrong and didn’t get that this might be something she shouldn’t say.
In a perfect world, I probably would have tried to sit down and explain this to her, but again even though she knew the word, I truly believe she is too little to understand exactly what they are or even what she was doing. She definitely doesn’t know that this is a taboo subject or that women don’t walk around with their shirts off for the most part.
I do believe it was harmless and just her natural reaction. But in the end, I am now am just more vigilant and careful when I do change. If Kevin is home, I don’t do this with the kids in the room with me and if he isn’t I make sure to do this when they are not in the same room or otherwise occupied by cartoons or playing with their toys.
I know there with come a day when I will have to explain all this to both my girls, but right now I am so not ready nor do I think they really are either. So, for the time being, I will leave it as I have been. But couldn’t help, but over-share here today and wondering what others would have done in my shoes. Please feel free to share in the comments. Thanks!!
However for now though, It’s Okay to get changed when my girls are not in the room and save the explanations for later.
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