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Blowholes and Uteruses

Posted by on May. 6, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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I think we are coming down to the wire....

We have an eight year old son who is getting quite interested in the baby-making process. We are currently pregnant with our second child, and more than ever, our first son wants to know how on earth the baby got in there. As far as he knows, people get married and God puts the baby inside the mom. That was sufficient before, but now he is asking for details. To make matters worse, people aren't always cognizant of what children are paying attention to. 

  1. My son was reading a library book about animals and their young. He inferred from the picture and short sentences that dolphins must have two blowholes: one for breathing and one for birthing! He further inferred that I would have his brother out of my blowhole, which would of course be my butt.
  2. My son was with my parents one evening while my mother was making dinner and my father was playing with my son on the race car track. There was some show called Doctors on. The topic must have been something about pain in the abdominal area, menstrual pain and hysterectomies. What my parents didn't realize was my son was getting an earful. At a doctor's appointment last week, my son's pediatrician was asking basic questions about if his stomach hurt if she pushed it in. He told her no and then his eyes lit up. He told his doctor that if his stomach did start hurting, he would just have his uterus removed and it would stop. It would also improve his sex life. My mouth probably literally hit the floor, my husband looked very embarrassed and the pediatrician laughed hysterically. We asked about where he had heard and he told us about the Doctors show he watched with his grandparents. We further inquired what a sex life was and he had no idea. When we left, we told him that only girls have uteruses and that is where they carry the babies inside. That brought the conversation full circle and now he wants to know how the heck babies get in there. My husband quickly changed the subject.

So, how do we approach the situation????????????

by on May. 6, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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by Ruby Member on May. 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM
Lol I have no idea, but your son has quite an imagination.
by on May. 6, 2013 at 4:04 PM
Be honest and basic. A piece of daddy and a piece of mommy (give them their proper names) join in mom's uterus and a baby grows.
by on May. 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM
Haha he's a pretty clever kid! I dread the day my son is that age and asks. I will definitely defer to my husband on that one! If it were me I don't think I'd necessarily have the birds and bees talk just yet, I think it would be more of a discussion on that's where the baby has to be to grow and be safe before it can be safe outside the belly. Maybe his question being how'd it get in there would be put at bay a little if he knew it was there from the beginning. As in, it wasn't a baby OUTSIDE you're belly at any point, so it really didn't have to be out there. If that makes sense at all. Clearly I've never had to have that talk so I don't know how to approach it! Hahaha.
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