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My oldest son is five, and when I was pregnant just 3 short months ago he asked how I would get the baby out. You have to understand J. He is analytical, and a vague answer will never do. Since he is so young, I didn't want to dive into the birds and bees. I told him that we had to go to the hospital to get the baby. Most of the time he would look at me with a question in his eye. He knew there was more to it, but didn't know how to ask.
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For several weeks, I avoided the question. Finally, he couldn't stand it anymore. J asked me again how the baby would come out. I started in with the hospital bit again, but he quickly dismissed my answer and wanted more specifics. He said, "No, mommy. How does the baby come out of you?" While I was thinking of a clever and age appropriate answer he added. "Does your tummy crack like an egg?"
My face lit up with motherly pride. This kid is smart. He didn't know the answer, but he was willing to try out his problem solving skills on something that he completely didn't understand. I explained that since I am a human I give birth like mammals do. I went on to explain that birds and lizards lay eggs.
That child is always surprising me, and I love his imagination. Even though he hasn't experienced much, he will try to understand despite limited knowledge. Hopefully he will never lose his sense of wonder, drive for learning, and endless creativity.
Do you have an original way of explaining the birthing process to little ones?