A while back Charlotte was in the bathtub and kept pointing to body parts and naming them. She pointed to her privates and said, "This is my booty, mommy." For some reason, I decided to be pedantic and told her the real name of her privates, not thinking of the possible implications for me. First, she started going around the house, telling anyone who would listen, "This is my vagina." I thought smugly of how precocious and smart she is and patted myself on the back for not being embarrassed to give things their proper names. Then, she started randomly inserting the word "vagina" into sentences, such as, "Look, I have a vagina car."
Somewhere along the line, she also learned the word "penis," so now she can point to and label everyone's privates in the family. Just yesterday, as I was using the facilities, Charlotte ran up to me, bent down and peered between my legs and proudly announced, "Mommy, that is your vagina!"
Anyway, it has gotten a bit more complicated now that she is not afraid to say these words in public. The other day, in the public bathroom of a store, she said, "Mommy, you are going poop" (which I WASN'T!!!) and "Look, there is your vagina."
I am getting a bit worried because yesterday after a particularly wet diaper, I blew on her to dry her off and she said really loudly, " Mommy, don't pinch my vagina" repeatedly. Of course her pronunciation is impeccable, so if anyone were to hear her, they would have no doubt as to what she is saying. Thank goodness the windows weren't open or I would have been reported to DCFS...
So, a word to the wise: be careful what words you teach your child. If they happen to have any potential to be embarrassing to you, as the mother, then really think twice about teaching them.