There have been three babies born recently in our close friends and family, and frankly, I’m surprised that it took until the third time around for Olivia to question on how the actual babies get in and out of there. Then, it happened on Sunday afternoon, before dinner.
Olivia: How are they going to get her baby out?
from the kitchen, we heard “from the bellybutton” to which Olivia looked at me giggled, and said ‘nah, right mom?’ Right, I told her. She knows that babies aren’t born out of the belly button. It’s important for me to be honest with her, to give her direct answers, without any less or more information than she requests. Giving honest information from the first questions that came when she was newly four is one of the ways that we’re creating open dialogue about those conversations that might be a little bit harder to have.
Olivia: Wait. How did the baby get in there? Did she exercise to make the baby get in there?
Well, I guess it could be considered cardio. I tried to stifle a giggle. My first thought? this hilarity above that stated babies come from amazing beards, because truth– amiright?
Me: You know how boys have boy parts, and girl have girl parts? When adults want to have babies they put those parts together and they make the baby. Then, it grows in the uterus.
Olivia: Okay, rub my feet.