#AtoZChallenge: B is for Bulba

One thing I decided to do with Baby Girl was to teach her the proper terms for her anatomy when she asked about it. No more wee-wees, pee-pees, hoo-has, or junk. As much as I hate using the proper terms (va-jay-jay is much more fun to say), the experts suggest using the right words, so that’s what I’m doing.

At the time this Things Kids Say occurred, Baby Girl had recently turned two, and her vocabulary had exploded, as typically happens with kids that age. She wanted to know the name for everything, over and over and over. (Several months later and that hasn’t really changed.) And at one point, she took further interest in herself.

“Mommy, what’s dat?” Baby Girl asked during a bath one night, when she realized there was a body part we hadn’t gone over. She was pointing down below. It was time to follow through on the anatomy game plan.

“That’s your vulva,” I told her after a brief hesitation. I felt proud — I might never use anything other than hoo-ha with my doctor, but at least I taught my toddler the proper term.

“Bulba?” she asked.

“Right, vulva,” I said.

At that, she stood up and bent over to get a better look and was apparently impressed with what she saw.

I thought I was going to crack a rib because I laughed so hard.

And this wasn’t the only “chat.” My husband came in during one bath, caught a “conversation,” and walked out after picking up his jaw off the ground.

My post about cleaning carseats was published on Scary Mommy today. This post is a bit longer than the original, and you can check it out here if you’d like. 

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

52 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: B is for Bulba”

  1. Ha! We use the correct terms too. I want her to think body positive. So while it might make some people twitch…I let her ask questions and we refer to her vagina quite often.

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    1. That’s great! I regret not doing that with my son (although he’s all caught up now). Six years between kids definitely gave me enough time to figure out some changes.

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    1. I am teaching her the correct term — vulva, as she was looking at the outer part of that area. I’m sure she’ll learn to make the V sound and pronounce it correctly soon enough.


    1. …. And that is exactly why we use the terms “lady parts” and “boy parts” !:) Purely to save us from embarrassment! We’ll teach our girls in a few years, I think.
      Plus, I don’t know what part the vulva is! Oops. I wouldn’t said vagina and totally gotten it wrong.

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      1. I was corrected on the vagina/vulva stuff a couple years ago, so my sex ed didn’t stick I guess 😛

        Little Man once talked about the birth canal when we were out to dinner. Lord.


    2. There was a phase where Little Man ran around yelling about his penis. “Mom! My penis is stuck in my swim shorts! Mom, I fell down and think I hit my penis!” These were all in public places.

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      1. Erika, I really, really appreciate your constant humor. Raising kids has its ups and downs but then it’s filled with beauty if we look on a daily basis. And you my dear are doing that. It brings out all the fun so we can just enjoy this season of our lives as parents. Thank-you my dear again and again ❤

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  2. Ugh – can you just imagine the birds and bees conversations later on?! Yikes! Can we use vah-jay-jay for that one?!
    Btw yippee about the SM article! Out of curiosity did you pitch the article or were you approached to publish it there?

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    1. We’ve already gone there a little bit. I usually use technical terms with LM, so he knows that a female produces the egg, which must be fertilized by the male to create a baby. But, praise heavens, he has not asked how the fertilizer gets there. I think that’s the part where I get to tap out.

      Yeah! I pitched the article to them. I didn’t expect to hear back, since that didn’t seem like their time of thing, but was happy it worked out!


  3. I just now realized whose blog this is … didn’t realize you and AM were one and the same! (Okay, so I’m a bit slow … and a LOT behind on blog reading!!!) Anyway … you are a better woman than I … my daughter is 47 and a nurse, and I am still yet embarrassed by the ‘proper’ terminology! 😀

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    1. Haha! It embarrasses me, too, so if she ever has any issues down there, she’ll probably be the one to put it technically for me 🙂

      (I edited your comment a bit to remove the previous blog name since this one has been shared with family and friends.)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for sharing! The toddler told me that her name is “Bulba” a couple days ago, so I’m thinking about doing a follow-up post 😀

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