No says our Pediatrician, it is a Vagina.
At our daughters 2 year appointment our Pediatrician (who is the most amazing pediatrician) gave us a print out about not giving toddlers “made up” names for their body parts. Girls have a vagina and boys have a penis. There were many reasons for this. 1. They’ll be more comfortable with their body parts as they get older and 2. If a particular body part hurts they’ll be able to communicate this to a doctor. This makes perfect sense and I totally understand why, all I could think at the time is UG! I just could not picture my 2 year old saying such an adult word. We had been calling it a “kitty”. We decided to follow our Pediatricians advice and call a spade a spade. Even though I was a little uncomfortable with it. From that day forward, Ellie has had a vagina or as she pronounces it “gina” (pronounced with a long i).
So the other day we had a few errands to run. Normally Ellie is a pretty good girl, but this was around nap time so I was prepared for a difficult trip to the Triple A office. As we get to the counter the sweet lady helping us offers Ellie a sticker. She takes it with a very sweet “Tank Ew” and started to play quietly with her new sticker. She proceeded to stick it on her shirt and then on her butt. She then started dancing around singing “I gotta sticker on my butt!! I gotta sticker on my butt!!” I blushed a little and bent down to explain to her that we don’t sing that in public. I stand up and go about my business. Then her little voice seemed to be booming over a microphone as she sang “I gotta sticker on my GINA!!! I got a sticker on my GINA!!” I froze, looked at the lady who was cracking a smile and I could feel all the disapproving eyes on me. I bent down and told her…
“Lovey, we don’t say that word loudly in public.”
Ellie – “I sorry Mommy”
Me – “It’s ok honey, let’s just use our library voice.”
Ellie – “Ok Mommy”
As I stand back up she says loudly “but Mommy I have a sticker on my” and whispers “gina”. Ellie proudly looked around at her “audience” of shocked senior citizens and started chuckling. Oh, the joys of toddlerhood.
Ellie was quite proud of her performance, I had mixed feelings . 1. Embarrassment 2. Shock 3. Pride for my 28 month old daughter who is so proud and comfortable with herself and finally 4. Love that was just spilling over for this silly little girl.
I can not wait to tell this story at her Bridal Shower one day.