(Warning: This Post Has Lots Of Aster*sks)
(oh wow, they were beautiful babies).
So, as you know, I have twins.
Boy / girl twins.
Boy / girl twins who bathe together. Get changed together. Do pretty much everything together. Often quite nakedly.
And yet, neither of them ever seemed to have noticed, ahem, you know, the whole boy girl thing. It was actually getting kind of insane. I mean, these kids are nearly three.
And then a few days ago, I was changing Blue. I stripped him off, then Pink peered over and and pointed at his groin and said Mummy, what is THAT? And I said That's Blue's pen*s. (Because, well, it was). And she looked at me and said Pink have a pen*s? And I said No, Pink, only boys have pen*ses. After that, there followed a conversation about who, specifically, in her life must therefore have a pen*s. Names were named. (I will spare you the details of that conversation).
Aaaaanyway. This conversation, of course, led onto a technical discussion about what girls have. A discussion that we have now had about twice a day ever since. She points at him and says what's that? and I tell her again, and then she points at herself and says what's THIS? and I say.... well, actually, I keep saying different things because actually, I have NO IDEA what word to use for that particular area.
You'd think it would be a simple question, but there isn't a good word, really, is there? I know some people go for vag*na in these circumstances, but I'm not really happy with that. I mean, reproductively, I guess that a vag*na is the equivalent of a pen*s, but when you take a girl's nappy off, that's not really what you see, is it? Is it? I'm embarrassed to say I'm kind of stumped. And what's the internet for if not to answer these awkward questions?
So, I wanna know. Got any advice for me on this one?