Hannah: Mommy, Daddy is not pregnant, right?
Me: No, he is not.
Hannah: Only you are pregnant, right? Daddy, Ethan and Hannah are NOT pregnant.
Me: That’s right.
Ethan (in his usual big brother “I know more than you” style): Hannah, only girls can get pregnant, NOT boys.
Ethan: And do you know why?
Hannah: No, Ethan. Why?
Ethan: Because…you know, a baby will come out from the tummy from the private. And only girls’ private is big enough for the baby to come out from. In boys, the hole in the private is too small!
Ethan: Hannah, do you know why you cannot get pregnant now?
Hannah (thinking): No, Ethan. Why?
Ethan: Because….you are still a small girl, and not an adult. Your private is too small and the baby cannot come out from there yet. A baby can only come out from an adult’s private!
Ethan has been constantly reading my favorite book in conception and pregnancy by Dr Miriam Stoppard, and has been learning a whole lot of stuff about babies and pregnancy.
(N.B: By the way, my kids know the correct term for male and female genitalia: i.e. penis and vagina, although they also use the term “private” to refer to them interchangeably)