Monday, January 21, 2008

Mom, how is the baby going to come out?

Um, uh, let me think about this for a minute... I just knew that question was going to come up at some point. I tried to come up with a child friendly, fairly accurate explanation on the spot, and the boys seemed satisfied, but I think it's time to look for some sort of child friendly book that explains things... Ideas?

8 comments:

Kermit~the~Frog said...

No how yet, but I got the where question...so they know it's coming from between the legs.

Hopefully the homebirth will answer all of my kids' questions...or bring up a whole slew of new ones. Heh.

Doreen said...

The "how" included the "where", lol. Yeah, between the legs, that satisfied them. Oy, I'm not sure I'm ready for this...

Hanna said...

You know, both of my older kids have seen their birth videos, so that pretty much answered their questions. lol! I hope you find a way to explain it that makes you all comfortable. :)

kanaboke said...

So I just got an email from DisneyFamily.com's Dream team something or other and it was actually about "The Talk" and wouldn't ya know it, they had a book listed "WHERE DO BABIES COME FROM: A DELIGHTFUL FIRST LOOK AT HOW LIFE BEGINS"..haven't read it, or read reviews on it, but maybe the library has it :) Good Luck my dear, and I'll be by with the Hypnobabies Binder and CD's sometime this week..when the weather goes back to 20 and I want to walk across the street..hehehe!

miranda said...

One day my son said to me: "Mom, can we go to the kid store and buy a baby?"

I knew it was time to have some sort of a talk...

Kelley said...

There are some awesome videos you can watch on youtube. I think Sagefemme had a really great one on her blog a few months ago. It shows the baby coming out quite nicely. My 5yo was so entranced that he asked to watch it about 15 times. I think it thoroughly answered his question, too. We've had a few birds and bees talks, and he seems to have the general idea, though not the mechanics of how it got in there. He hasn't asked that question yet, and I'm certainly not going to bring it up. Yet. I'd rather wait a few more years. :)

Science Teacher Mommy said...

Here is what I told Scallywag, via a friend of mine who is really practical and no-nonsense about this sort of stuff.

When he asked I said, "You know how boys have two holes, one for poop and one for pee?"

"Yes."

"Well, girls have three holes. One for poop. One for pee. And one for the baby."

"Is the hole too small?"

"It gets bigger when the baby is ready to be born, until it is just the right size."

"Does it hurt."

"Yes. But it is worth it to have a new baby. And it only hurts for a little while."

End of story. No more questions. This should do for Brian anyway. I didn't do any video media. Scallywag is really impressionable about that sort of thing and it can really upset him. We have a book now called human body that talks about all kinds of body parts and then at the end it talks really briefly about how a baby grows from a mommy and daddy cell. It is definitely enough for now.

kate said...

Hi Doreen, I'm here visiting from BBC March Babies (and my guy is also posterior... unfortunately.) Anyway, we had this question come up not too long ago (the 5yo) at a time I couldn't really answer, and we haven't revisited the subject-- Bad Mommy!-- but he hasn't asked again, either. We have some books that we've been reading about pregnancy and one of them has a drawing of the baby coming out with a doctor "catching." So now ds has said that he wants to be a doctor when he grows up so he can get my baby out. If I were more repsonsible (and less squeamish) I would sit down to explain to him that the doctor is there to help but really the mommy's body pushes the baby out all on its own. And I will work that into the conversation when we have it, but for now, I've been avoiding it. But I do like science teacher mommy's response-- maybe I'll steal that!