I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later, but for some strange reason, I thought I at least had another year or so left -- I didn't think "it" would happen as early as last night.
And by "it," I mean the realization that my son is probably too old to see me naked. (When I'm getting out of the shower or getting dressed, people.)
Most days, my 6-year-old little guy sits in my bedroom and colors while I take a shower, but about once a week or so, I fill up the big tub in the master bathroom, and let him play with his toys and have a nice soak while I'm taking my shower so that I don't have to deal with him walking into the bathroom every five seconds asking, "Are you done yet, Mom??"
(You gotta take the small moments of peace when you can get 'em.)
So last night, I put him in the tub with a bunch of toys, enjoyed a 10-minute shower, and when I was done, I opened the shower door and reached for my towel like I always do.
And that's when it happened. I looked over at my little dude in the tub, and he was sitting there with his hands over his mouth trying not to giggle. I asked him what was so funny, and he laughed out loud and said, "Nothing!"
And at that exact moment, I knew my days of shower multitasking were over. Because obviously my kid realizes that I have boobs and a va-jay-jay, which are two things he does not have, and he finds it funny, which means seeing me naked is embarrassing to him (it is to me too, kid) -- which ultimately means he's officially too old to see me in the buff.
(Ugh. Guess I'll have to get the hubster to install a towel hook right next to the shower so I can grab it and cover up before stepping out.)
When my son was about 2 years old, I asked a friend who had older boys about what age I should start worrying about being nude in front of him. She looked at me and said, "You'll just know. Trust me."
Well, she was right. And now I know. I guess 6 is the magic number in our case.
When do you think kids are too old to see their moms naked?
Image via Mary Fischer