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Mommy! Mommy! Guess What I Found!

Posted on: April 30, 2007

Okay…Logan didn’t say that….’cause he doesn’t talk yet. But I know he was thinking it as he gave me his sheepish little grin.

Logan and Zander were having their bath, and playing the way they usually do…..Zander splashing until every wall in the bathroom was shiny from water as it cascaded to the floor, Logan laughing like a madman at the wet mess his big brother is making. Once the waterworks died down, the boys turned their focus to the bath toys floating around them. That is when Logan found a new toy…..his penis.

Yes, ladies and gents, my youngest son has found his penis….and I must say he was quite pleased with his discovery. There he sat in his bath seat….twisting it and turning it, pulling it and tugging it…..examining it like I had never seen him examine anything before. Little does he know, his new-found game will be a life-long obsession.

This brought back memories of Zander discovering this very same appendage. As a new mom, it made me a little uncomfortable….at first. I quickly saw the humour in it….and it’s all so perfectly natural, so what’s there to be uncomfortable about? But this has brought up a bit of a conundrum for Carlos and I…what should we call it?

Zander will be turning 2 years old in a couple of days. He’s getting close to the potty-training stage. And his vocabulary increases daily. Now is the time to decide how we will address the boys’ penises.

There seem to be two schools of thought on this topic. 1) just call it a penis, 2) make up some cutesy name for it. But which way should we go? That’s what we’re trying to decide.

I have no problem calling it a penis…this doesn’t bother me one bit. But I know it bothers others….for instance, my mother. I have witnessed her subtly cringe when I say “penis” in reference to her grandsons. So should we make up a name for it???

On the other hand, will having a nickname for my sons’ penises make it feel awkward for them to start calling it a penis later on?

I’m not really sure what we are going to do, but we need to decide soon. Zander is picking up new words faster now than ever before. Say it once or twice, and he’s added it to his ever-expanding list of words.

I know there are moms of boys reading my blog. Any thoughts on the subject??? I would love to hear your experiences!

10 Responses to "Mommy! Mommy! Guess What I Found!"

AHHHH I am right there with ya! lol I have a three year old and a one year old. DH started calling it a penis with DS1 and it has just stuck.

I have girls and feel oh so weird saying vagina and breast in front of my husband. STill, I soldier on. Seems like if kids want to find an alternative name they will, no matter what you try to do. Good luck!

We use “pee-pee” in the Trenches. And all 3 of mine keep at least one hand covering their pee-pee in the bath. Like the Pee-Pee Monster is going to come and take it away if it’s left unprotected.

I think I would probably just call it a penis. Which is weird because we don’t call anything else by it’s regular name around here. How the dog ever offically became the “dog-cheese” i’ll never know.

For daughter we call it a vagina and since I breastfeed – breasts is very common. For our sons we are/will be calling it a penis and have no problem with it. A few people raised their eyebrows but they got used to it very quickly.

I figured I would leave the “nickname” up to them

We say penis. I figure, that’s what it is. Plus, while he never said it, I think there was a part of Gavin that didn’t want HIS penis to be called by a cutesy name when Nicholas figured out that Dad had one too.

I’m going with penis, too. I really want to know what to call the girl parts, though…

We say penis and vagina and breasts. Otherwise we say privates or private parts. Call em like you see em. I just love the “discovery days” or is it daze??

I think when Shawn was little we just called it his “pee-pee”. LOL. We obviously didn’t put much thought into into it. I don’t see anything wrong with penis though. It is what it is!

I have a boy and a girl and we use nicknames – and although I have friends who insist it is bad bad bad to use nicknames – we still do. My husband grew up with knowing his penis as his “little man” – we added “and his buddies” to this because we thought it was funny “little man” stuck “and his buddies didn’t” We natuarally call my daughter’s vagina her “little lady.” I figure they aren’t going to be 10 and not know what a penis is – and that little man is just a nickname. It’s whatever is comfortable.

new to your blog – great post!

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