Am I the only one with a child that lacks a filter? That will say whatever she wants, whenever? I have no idea where she got that from(wink wink). She is a spitting image of me so you’d think I would be prepared for her? Nope, wrong. Every day with this girl is a new adventure and at some point in each day I have to walk away because I’m supposed to be mad at her but instead she makes me laugh. Her sweet, innocent voice telling me stories or negotiating with me, are sounds that’ll echo forever. Take today for example, today she asked about a topic most parents cringe over, where do babies come from.
Gracelyn was riding her bike in the dining room (judge me if you want for letting her ride it in the house, she was happy), when I looked at her and smiled, said “Gracie I gave you life, I love you so much”. She stopped immediately and looked at me puzzled. “Mommy you gave me life?” “Yes baby, I also gave Sissy’s life”. And as I said that I looked at Nick, both of us knowing where this conversation I just started was heading. Gracelyn is too curious and full of questions, for this not to go where we expected. “Mommy, how did you give me life?” I debated how to answer. I told her “You were in my belly, I grew you from a teeny tiny dot to the size of a watermelon.” I fully expected now to be having the birds and bees conversation with my very inquisitive 4 year old. She got off her bike and came up to me, sat on my lap and said “so the doctors took me out of your belly?” “Well, kind of. They were there when mommy had you. So was daddy, Kindra and Nunna.” She looked puzzled as she stared off into the dining room. I waited for it, for the question to come of how she got out of my body. I was practicing what I was going to say in my head but nothing would make sense to her little brain. Should I tell her dad to answer it? Should I Google how to explain where babies comile from to a 4 year old? Do I YouTube a video explaining it and chance scarring my child? Do I change the subject? I paused and waited. I didn’t have to stress it too long because something else my child got from me, a short attention span. Off on her next adventure of full sass, back on her bike. Wow dodged a bullet on that one, or just bought time. I’ll have to have that conversation with her someday, but hopefully I’ll be more prepared on how to answer. I never had that talk with my parents, I kind of knew one day all the answers to those questions. It probably came from also having so many much older siblings. Gracelyn is the oldest though, so someday I will have that talk. A little while later that conversation backfired, as Gracelyn was mad at Maisyn, she looked at her and yelled “YOU CAME OUT OF MOMMYS BELLY DONT MAKE ME PUT YOU BACK THERE!” Oh my sweet, sweet Gracelyn, that is not how that works. She sounds like she’s so serious and mean but this is also being said to her little sister that body slammed her onto the floor last week while laughing hysterically (I have a video of it, she then proceeded to tell Maisyn she was going to punch her in the nuts).
Another Gracelyn moment today, she watches a lot of YouTube with me and I love Jeffree star. We have been watching him for a long time and today she asked a question I never really thought about. “Mommy, where’s his eyebrows?” I laughed and looked at her, she was completely serious. “Um, he shaves them off honey, he prefers not to have eyebrows.” Here comes the infamous “Why?”. Good question child of mine, I don’t know the exact answer but I ran with it. “Because he wants to be unique, different, and wants to not waste his time making sure they’re perfect. He likes to do his makeup all the way up so he doesn’t need them. He can also draw them on if he wants eyebrows that day.” Gracelyn without missing a beat “So is that why you draw your eyebrows on too?”. Y’all, meet my sugar free sour patch kid. For the record I fill mine in, waiting til Covids up to get microbladed. “Momma I wish you could do my makeup like his. I could shave my eyebrows too and have plenty of room to do eyeshadow!”. *Quietly excusing myself to put up any scissors or razors in my house*. I almost volunteered Nick’s eyesbrows for a test run but I didn’t. She was so fascinated with Jeffree and his makeup, but she couldn’t figure out why he didn’t want eyebrows. It was so funny and confusing for her.
The best thing she said all day was short and simple but was a smart ass comment if I’ve ever heard one. I’m blind in my left eye, majorly, due to the stroke last year. When I say blind I don’t mean blurry, I see black I all but one part of my eye. Gracelyn knows I can’t see out of my eye. Today she was messing with the puppy and I told her to cut it out. She continued and when I said I saw her do it again she looked at me and said “close your good eye then see me do it, I dare you!” Where did I get this child?(refer back to paragraph 1 I know where she came from but this sass is strong). I looked at her and said “what did you just say?” She said “I said Close your good eye then see me do it. You have a bad eye mommy not a bad ear, use your big girls ears and listen I said it nicely.” I about fell over. She’s going places, she will be a leader and I pray it’s not a leader of a prison gang.
I can’t wait to see what else this child says, what she learns and what happens over the rest of her life. She is so funny and I can’t take her most days, but she is my baby. No one knows what’ll come out of her mouth at this rate.