When the ultrasound technician said, “It’s a girl,” about our first child, I was ecstatic. Visions of Barbies, tutus, and cheerleading outfits danced in my head. I was equally happy when he said the same thing two years later, while my husband could only hold his head in his hands muttering something like, oh dear God.
As a post note, God did hear his plea and gave him a boy the third time out. Wherein my husband may or may not have kissed the ultrasound tech. But that’s another story. I really thought I was prepared for girls. After all, I’m a girl. Well. I was a girl. Now I’m nothing more than a human kleenex, what with ALL THE HORMONES flying around here now that the girls in question are 12 and 10–as I stand on the precipice of menopause.
I have now learned that nothing prepared me for raising girls. Not even being one. As the alpha female of the house, it has been mostly up to me to disseminate information regarding changing body parts and well, hormones, puberty, and other gruesome topics.
I knew I was in trouble a number of years ago when Emme, my oldest, came up to me holding a tampon she spotted in my purse. For a split second I concocted a wild lie in my head that would help me to avoid that whole conversation–because avoidance is one of my best coping skills.
But then I flashed back to the 5th grade when my best friend spilled the beans about the birds and the bees AND the whole sordid truth about Santa Claus all in one misinformed paragraph.
It’s better she learn the truth. From her own mother. So I launched into a medically correct and not at all scary account of menstruation. Squeamish in nature, the child turned pale and slid down the wall. “Um, Mom, can we talk about this later?”
I’ve learned to field questions as they’ve come up, doling out bits of information as I feel they can be handled. Not easy for someone who giggles uncontrollably and has a penchant for the inappropriate when nervous.
It’s a gift.
The latest discussion we’ve been having between all of the estrogen-laden in our home is about hygiene.
For some odd reason, I have had to assume the moniker of Hygiene Police. I’m guessing this will continue until one or both of my girls discover that boys are not all that disgusting. I’m in no hurry for this revelation, by the way.
We’ve had extensive conversations about hair washing, the joys of deodorant, and the all important shaving ritual. I’ve completely left it up to them as to when they want to begin shaving their legs. And since they inherited my gene follicles, I’m certain that it will be sooner rather than later.
Gillette has made my job a lot easier in this regard. I’ve long been a fan of the 5-blade Venus razor I’ve been using for years, along with the Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel.
Recently they sent me a Venus Embrace razor for new shavers. I compared it to my tried and true Venus Embrace, and the only difference I noticed was that it is a pretty bright pink version. It has the same soft handle, 5 blade system with a Ribbon of Moisture at the edge for a very comfortable and close shave.
It is exactly the right type of razor for my girls who have limited shaving experience–save for the unfortunate incident when one of them tried to shave off her own finger when she was around 6. It was the squeamish child, so the ensuing crime scene affect in the bathroom was enough to steer her clear of razors for many years.
She’s recovered, and is ready to embark on the journey to smooth legs and moving from the tween to the teen years. God help me.
Gillette also sent the Satin Care Passionista Fruit shave gel. This is a brand new scent I hadn’t tried, and I have to say that I love the fruity citrus smell. A perfect combination, that looks especially nice together on the edge of the bathtub.
If you have a first-time shaver in your home, you should check out some of these great tips.
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