Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Babies In Broads

On the eve of his third birthday - well before I was pregnant again - Westley suddenly became very extra double-curious about babies inside mommies. Specifically, when he was the baby inside this mommy. And his new favorite question became "how?"

"How did I get inside your belly, Mommy?"

"Daddy put you there."


"With his penis."

This got a huge smile. I think Westley thought I was joking. "How did he do that?"

I walked right into that one, didn't I?

Rob and I exchanged looks. "You know," I said to Westley, "I think this would be easier to explain if we had a book. With pictures. Should we look for a book about how babies get inside mommies?"

Westley practically jumped up and down. "Yeah!"

I am on this! I am probably the only person in the world who's excited to talk with her preschooler about sex. But I can't help it. I think reproduction is magical and rad.

So we hit up the library. I came armed with a list call numbers that I'd looked up at home beforehand to minimize Westley's wait time. I glanced quickly through Where Did I Come From? and quickly remembered how skeeved out by it I was as a child. (I'm sure many people find the super-cartoony illustrations tasteful and non-threatening. As a child, I found them ugly and off-putting, and I can't seem to shake that impression.) I settled on It's So Amazing!, and When You Were Inside Mommy.

"How does the baby get out?"

For about six weeks now, we've been talking about the Special Tube called the 'vagina' that's very, very stretchy - stretchy enough to let a baby out. And how babies are small and flexible.

"But how does the baby come out?"

"The muscles in the mommy's uterus squeeze, and the mommy pushes the baby out through the vagina."

This is clearly making sense and making no sense at the same time. Westley can't wrap his mind around it. "But...how?"

I just smile. Because I can't really believe it either.



Anonymous said...

You don't think this is a bit too much information for a three year old? I understand not wanting to tell some far fetched stories, I agree but I think it's kind of out of their scope of understanding.

Baby in Broad said...

I think children understand a lot more than we give them credit for.

candace said...

I don't think it is too much information for a 3 year old either. It is not like she is explaining how to have sex but instead a very important, biological function of men and women. It is about to profoundly affect his life and I think the more he is involved and informed, the easier it will be for him when the baby comes.

Besides, how else do you explain a baby inside mommy? I had a very similar conversation with my 2 year old after her sister was born. Somehow she still thinks daddy pees with his thumb, regardless of how many times we say his penis!


I felt exactly like Westley when I was pregnant. I had a very patient midwife... :)

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!

PS: I am going so getting those books for Soleil :)

PPS: OH! OH! OH! So this means I will finally get to know your baby name... eventually. RIGHT?!

autumn said...

This made me teary, I LOVE this.

We all ready use all the accurate terminology (news flash! Nolie has a vagina not a hooha) and I am really excited to explain to her about babies and birth. . . it really is incredible.

Allison the Meep said...

RIGHT!!??? I am still boggled as to how we are able to make NEW people out of seemingly nothing. And how a new person can grow inside its mother for what seems like forever, and then comes out all cute and naked and needy. It's CRAZY.

I think it's important to talk to children about this. When they start asking questions, it's so great to be able to give them honest answers instead of the, "I'll tell you when you're older" crap that I got from my parents. Kids really do understand more than what we give them credit for, and I feel like getting it out of the way early makes things so much easier when they get a little older.

"Where Did I Come From?" totally skeeved me out too though.

And when you said "I think reproduction is magical and rad" I totally went right to Tenacious D and finished off that sentence with, "I'll never rock as long as I am stuck here with my dad!" Oy.