Friday, March 25, 2011

Because I like to share my 'parenting genius' with you is the latest.  I was pushing the kids through the neighborhood on a walk and Garrett, out of the clear blue, turns around and asks:  "how did that baby in your belly get there?".

 I would like to preface my response by saying--it was a beautiful day, everyone was 'out and about' in the neighborhood, and I live in one of those places where everyone knows everyone--which kind of made me feel like I was answering this question on the 5 o'clock news.

So you know what I said????  "I DON'T KNOW."

Like pregnancy was just this strange occurrence that could happen to any unsuspecting person walking down the street and I was totally clueless how I found myself in this situation.  Awesome.  I'm sure this will be one of the many things Garrett and his therapist can talk about when he's older.

I did recover quickly and blubbered something dumb about "when two people love each other" blah blah blah "and they are married" blah "God puts a baby in the mommy's tummy" blah blah--but by this point Garrett was talking about Spiderman again and not listening to me at all.  Who can blame him, right?  As I type this, I'm thinking I better get my 'safe-for-4yr-old-boy-ears' answer ready for the question I will surely be blindsided with next:  "how does that baby get out?".


J. K. Jones said...

Reminds me of a story of my own.

I'm standing in the kitchen at my house with my wife and four year old daughter minding my own business. Unbeknownst to me, my wife and the little girl had just had the four-year-old version of the talk about where babies come from (answer: they grow in Mommy’s belly).

My wonderful little daughter reaches up, taps me on the stomach, and says, “Daddy, do you have a baby growing in your belly.” My response, after I had a good laugh, was, “No, dear. I am just fat.”

Anonymous said...

ha!! Explaining how O exited and showing him my scar was so much easier. But I did explain to him how M exited and he thought it was cool - but I left out WHERE she exited. Not sure how I dodged that one, but I think he was so distracted at thinking that my stomach was going to squeeze her out that his mind stopped there. Good luck! :)AR

Jessica said...

ha! yes, Oliver has asked these questions a lot - even how did the baby come out? I answer that it is a medical procedure and the dr helps. I try really hard to then change the subject. GL!